Course Duration: 3 hours and 53 minutes (approx.)
Senior mental health leads are pivotal in supporting schools to implement and sustain an effective whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. They should develop the school’s holistic approach to promoting and supporting the mental wellbeing of pupils, students and staff, and take on a strategic leadership role, with oversight of the whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing in their setting.
This Essential CPD course provides you with the knowledge, practical skills and tools to be able to plan for and effect positive whole school or college change towards mental health and wellbeing.
Split into bite-sized modules, the training has been designed to provide maximum learning potential in the leanest, most cost-effective and most time-efficient manner. It has been produced in high-quality remote video CPD format which is accessible on any device, any time, anywhere.
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. The course consists of learning through video modules, completion of tasks, further reading and viewing external resources. Please consider this when planning and allocating your time. To successfully understand and achieve the objectives from the course, learners are expected to engage in all aspects of the learning process and complete all relevant activities to ensure they can successfully apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their own setting.
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
- Understanding how to develop a strategic action plan to implement change which supports positive mental health and wellbing for staff, pupils and parents.
- Recognisng the key responsibilities of the senior lead for mental health and how they operate in an education setting.
- Understanding how to implement a whole-school approach to mental health, including how mental health needs to be addressed in an education context.
- Realising the knowledge and skills to be able to effectively lead and manage change in schools to create a positive ethos in relation to mental health.
- Recognising how to identify needs and monitor the impact of interventions, developing the curriculum and the importance of listening to children.
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 this final module, we will explore the importance of understanding SEND and the links with mental health and social and emotional mental health.