Senior mental health lead training
19 Oct 2021
Schools can now apply for a senior mental health lead training grant.
The training is not compulsory but the DfE have provided this grant to encourage schools to identify and train a senior mental health lead to steer the development of their whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.
It is intended to help schools better promote and support the mental wellbeing of pupils, students and staff, and make best use of existing resources.
Senior mental health guidance explains what the training covers, who it’s intended for, how to apply for a grant, and how to access a DfE quality assured course.
Schools who booked a course on or before the application system went live on 11 October 2021 now have until 25 October to claim one of the grants that were guaranteed to be reserved for eligible schools and colleges booking a course early.
All other eligible schools and colleges intending to book a course this financial year can also apply for a grant. The guarantee to reserve a grant for those booking a course early has now ended, and settings are encouraged to apply for a grant before they book a course.
The DfE states that grants are available for around a third of all state schools this financial year, as part of the government’s commitment to offer this training to all eligible schools and colleges by 2025.
Grants will be allocated on a first come, first served basis until the DfE have issued all available funds.
Read more about senior mental health lead training and promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools and colleges have now been updated.
Don’t forget Emily Rayfield our health improvement officer for mental health is also delivering mental health and emotional wellbeing training locally – remotely and face to face:
1. The whole school approach to mental health and emotional wellbeing on 3 Nov and 2 Feb
2. Mental health awareness on 11 Nov and 23rd Feb
The next mental health network for mental health leads is on 19 January.