Certificate in the Role of the Senior Mental Health Lead (2021-22)

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About The Course

Certificate in the Role of the Senior Mental Health Lead (2021-22)

All current courses are now fully booked. However, you can pre-book your place on our Spring 2022 cohort by emailing us at bookings@thenationalcollege.co.uk.

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Course Duration: 400 minutes (approx.)

DfE Assured Course Code: SMHL079

This course has been assured for DfE grant-funded senior mental health lead training

Senior mental health leads should have the knowledge, practical skills and tools to be able to plan for and effect positive whole school or college change. They are pivotal in supporting schools to implement and sustain an effective whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.

This course provides senior mental health leads with a clear understanding of their role and supports them to develop a clear vision and strategic plan which effects change, helps enhance pupil outcomes and delivers greater emotional and physical wellbeing for all stakeholders.

Delivered by Anna Bateman, mental health and wellbeing expert who works in an advisory role for the DfE, and produced in collaboration with, and supported by, a number of subject matter experts, the course has been split into bite-sized modules and will be delivered through a blend of high-quality remote video CPD and self-directed learning.

Course features and benefits:

  • Development of strategic action plan which supports positive whole-school change
  • One to one expert coaching and guidance through tailored support and feedback
  • Group session coaching with dedicated mental health and wellbeing expert
  • Peer to peer networking through private group only available to course attendees
  • Activities and reflection questions throughout

*Please note that all learners must submit their complete strategic action plan to us in order to receive their certificate and evidence course completion*

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding how to develop a strategic action plan to implement change which supports positive mental health and wellbing for staff, pupils and parents.
  • Recognising the key responsibilities of the senior lead for mental health and how to identify needs and monitor the impact of any interventions.
  • Understanding how to ensure children and young people can get targeted support and the importance of supporting their own wellbeing as well as that of staff and pupils.
  • Realising the knowledge and skills to be able to create a positive ethos in relation to mental health and ensuring the voice of every learner is heard and valued, and influences decisions.
  • Recognising how to work with parents, families and carers and promoting resilience and supporting social and emotional learning through the curriculum.

Course Units

Introduction

Delivered by Anna Bateman, mental health and wellbeing expert who works in an advisory role for the DfE, the course is split into ten modules and encourages audience interaction to support and embed learning. There is a knowledge assessment at the en...

Module 1: Mental health and the education context

This module will explore what we mean by mental health and what this looks like in the education context. We will also discuss what is meant by a ‘whole school approach’ and what this means in practice.

Module 2: The role of the senior mental health lead

In this module, we will explore the role of the senior mental health lead in more depth and how they can lead change. We will also look at how to develop a strategic plan that suits the needs of your school.

Module 3: Creating an ethos and environment

In this module, we will discuss how to foster a whole school attitude and understanding of mental health within a school and how to reduce the stigma around staff and students’ mental health.

Module 4: Identifying need and monitoring impact

This module will look at the tools used to assess when there may be a mental health difficulty and reflect on the best tools to assess all pupil’s mental health so earlier intervention is possible.

Module 5: Targeted support and appropriate referrals

In this module, we will reflect on the range of services available within your locality to support mental health, exploring the benefits of creating partnerships with other services for the benefit of pupils.

Module 6: Curriculum teaching and learning

This module will explore how we can contextualise PSHE and RSHE and understand how PSHE is a key part of prevention and promoting awareness of mental health.

Module 7: Enabling student voice

In this module, we will explore the role of children in developing a whole school approach to mental health and the benefits of gaining feedback from students.

Module 8: Staff development

In this module, we will explore the importance of promoting staff-wellbeing and also leading by example by taking care of your own wellbeing.

Module 9: Parents, families and carers

In this module, we will explore how to engage with parents and carers effectively and promote the best outcomes for pupil mental health.

Module 10: Steps to success

In this module, we will look at the key points for success and what steps you can look to take next.

Module 11: Understanding links to SEND

In module eleven, we will explore the importance of understanding SEND and the links with mental health and social and emotional mental health.

Module 12: Creating a strategic plan

In this final module, you will receive some advice on how to create a strategic action plan in your role as the senior mental health lead and cover some helpful hints and tips.

Anna Bateman

About The Expert

Anna Bateman

Subject matter expert on mental health & wellbeing, who works in an advisory role for the DfE.
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