Course Duration: 5 hours 6 minutes (approx.) online training + self-directed learning and activities + final assessment
DfE Assured Course Code: SMHL111
This course is for learners with:
- at least 2 years’ experience leading mental health or pastoral support in schools
- a good understand and practical experience of writing strategic action plans
Please note the course will expect learners to be comfortable writing strategic action plans. If you are new to the role or wish to learn how to develop an action from the very start, please refer to our ‘Certificate in the Role of the Senior Mental Health Lead (2021-22)’ course
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 experienced senior mental health leads with a more in-depth understanding of their role in creating change, monitoring impact and understanding the values and their influence in the transformation and change process.
Delivered by Anna Bateman, mental health and wellbeing expert who works in an advisory role for the DfE, 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:
- 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 of course completion*
The course has been designed in line with the following policies:
- Learning outcomes for senior mental health leads in schools and colleges 2021
- Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing 2021
- Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021
- Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2015
- Equality Act 2010
- Developing a greater understanding of how the role the senior mental health lead can create change, monitor impact and influence the transformation process.
- Recognising the additional responsibilities of the senior lead for mental health and how to identify needs and monitor the impact of any interventions.
- Gaining a more in-depth understanding of epistemic trust, theory of change, the power of middle leadership, developing a pastoral team and resilience development.
- Building a more detailed understanding of assessments and how to measure wellbeing at both school-wide level and in a pupil-specific way, particularly for the most vulnerable.
- Recognising how to work with parents, families and carers, overcoming common challenges and supporting social and emotional learning through the curriculum.