FUNDED Designated Mental Health Lead Training

Applying for a grant and DfE quality assured training to help develop a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Billericay Teaching Alliance are working with the National Network of Mental Health Leads as an approved provider of Department for Education (DfE) funded training (FLYER ATTACHED).

Information about accessing the DfE grant can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/senior-mental-health-lead-training

We recommend reserving your place on a course before applying for the grant.

ALL STATE FUNDED EDUCATION SETTINGS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR A GRANT!  DO NOT DELAY – DEADLINE APPLIES!!!

  • mainstream academies and maintained schools
  • alternative provision academies
  • pupil referral units
  • special academies and maintained schools
  • further education colleges (one application per campus ID)
  • sixth form colleges

As part of the delivery model, we are working as part of a consortium called the ‘Root of It’, which is backed by the British Psychological Society, the Society of Occupational Medicine and Open Awards. Both the Network and the ‘Root of It’ consortium have been approved to deliver funded Designated Mental Health Lead Training to the DfE specification for schools and colleges in England, using the grant available to schools.

We have trained a team of experienced and qualified people, both from senior colleagues within education, and expert mental health professionals to deliver the Designated Mental Health Leads courses for Essex, Southend and Thurrock schools and colleges.

The ‘Root of It’ consortium will host our courses on the National Network of Mental Health Leads website and will manage all the bookings for us.

There are two 3-day courses available.

National Educational Leaders in Mental Health – PATHWAY 1 – for Heads and Senior leaders – a three-day course covering the mental health lead role, but in the context of culture, ethos and staff wellbeing and how they can be supported to to meet the needs of the pupils. Participants use their knowledge of the role and the tools available to share good practice, learn from other settings and receive evidence-based input. Participants complete a portfolio evidencing how they will embed the full role requirements and receive dual certification on submission – an Advanced Designated Mental Health and a Level 4 Ofqual-regulated qualification in Mental Health Aware Leadership (Educational Mental Health Lead).

Advanced Mental Health Lead – PATHWAY 2 – for Middle Leaders and Leads who are not part of the Senior Leadership Team – a three-day course covering the mental health lead role, in the context of pupil wellbeing and provision. This course is designed for established mental health leads who are middle leaders in a school or college and know the tolls required for this role. This reflection-based course goes through the full breadth of the role in more depth and uses discussion to share experiences and learn from others to deepen a mental health lead’s knowledge, skills and understanding. This course is designed to take a Lead from “what do I have to do?” to “what’s the best way to achieve it?” in order to develop a coordinated and consistent approach to mental health.   This course starts from the basis leads know about the role, and focusses on how to embed practice across a setting and deal with barriers in getting support right for your pupils using discussion, reflection and theoretical input. Designed for those who already understand the role, but now want to be more proficient and make decisions about the best way of achieving an outcome, particularly when overcoming resistance or barriers. Participants complete a portfolio evidencing how they will embed the full role requirements and receive dual certification on submission – an Advanced Designated Mental Health Lead and a level 4 Ofqual-regulated qualification in Mental Health Aware Leadership (Educational Mental Health Lead).

CLICK HERE to access the full course descriptions on our flyer.

To apply for a DfE grant of £1200 to cover the cost of the training which also contributes towards staff costs please visit: https://onlinecollections.des.fasst.org.uk/fastform/senior-mental-health-leads

Courses and Dates – Please look out for the ‘Basildon – Billericay Teaching Alliance’ courses to book with us!

‘Advanced Mental Health Lead’  – PATHWAY 1 – for Heads and Senior Leaders

Cohort 2: 8 Jul, 28 Sept, 16 Nov 2022 (8.30am – 4.30pm)

Cohort 3: 23 Nov 2022, 25 Jan & 22 Mar 2023 (8.30am – 4.30pm)

Venue: Cherry Tree Primary School, 89 Church Road, Basildon, SS16 4AG

To book please visit
https://mentalhealthlead.com/course/national-educational-leaders-in-mental-health/

Advanced Mental Health Leadfor middle leaders and leads of Pupil Wellbeing, Pupil Mental Health, or colleagues aspiring to this role

Cohort 2: 31 Jan, 28 Feb and 29 Mar 2023 (8.30am – 4.30pm)

Venue: Cherry Tree Primary School, 89 Church Road, Basildon, SS16 4AG

To book please visit:
https://mentalhealthlead.com/course/advanced-mental-health-lead/

Course Cost
£800 per participant per course (see ‘To Apply for a DfE grant’ above)

Schools may fund places / additional places outside of the Grant funding if they wish.

Please visit the National Network of Mental Health Leads website to take a look at what has been happening www.mentalhealthlead.com

If you have any further questions, please do contact Melanie Jones:

E: mjones@billericayschool.com   Tel: 01277 314420