DFE - Senior Mental Health Leads Training

Date: 10 Sep 2021

Senior Mental Health Leads Training

These courses are available to schools in the CCG area of Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire. 

B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire Councils provide this course, that has been assessed as meeting the required quality criteria to deliver the DfE grant funded senior mental health lead training for schools and colleges. 

Further details, including booking links will be available later this month (September 2021). 

The Department for Education (DfE) is offering every school or college in England a grant for training to help the lead develop or introduce a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Taking a coordinated and evidence-informed approach to mental health and wellbeing in schools and colleges leads to improved pupil and student emotional health and wellbeing which can help readiness to learn.

The grant is a contribution to the cost of training and the hiring of supply staff whilst leads are engaged in learning.

This is part of a range of government funded mental health support for schools and colleges that also includes:

  • Wellbeing for education recovery
  • Relationships, health and sex education (RHSE) training module
  • Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs)
  • Psychological first aid training.

Course Content

  • Understand the role of the Senior Mental Health Lead
  • Explore personal attitudes and values and examined local data
  • Identify those issues pertinent to the pupils in your school and be able to plan to meet these
  • Gain confidence to embed a whole school approach to mental health in school
  • Understand the principles of trauma informed and restorative practices.
  • Understood the provisions and services within Swindon.
  • Know where to seek additional support within Swindon.

Course dates

2021

Session 1. Full day: Wednesday 10th November 2021. 9am-5pm (online).

Session 2: Half day follow up: Wednesday 23rd March 2022. 9am-12:30pm (online).

2022

Session 1. Full day: Thursday 20th January 2022 (online).

Session 2. Half day follow up: Thursday 23rd June 2022. 9am-12:30pm (online).

By the end of the course you will have:

  • Understood the role of the Senior Mental Health Lead
  • Explored personal attitudes and values and examined local data
  • Identified those issues pertinent to the pupils in your school and be able to plan to meet these
  • Gained confidence to embed a whole school approach to mental health in school
  • Considered services and provisions within the Local Authority

Course booking details and inks for schools in BSW

B&NES Schools: https://thehub.bathnes.gov.uk/Page/20766 

Swindon Schools: Flyer with contact details

Wiltshire Schools:  

Senior Mental Health Leadership - Wiltshire, B&NES & Swindon (On-line live) | Right Choice 10 Nov 21

Senior Mental Health Leadership - Wiltshire, B&NES & Swindon (On-line live) | Right Choice 20 Jan 22

Local contacts

  • B&NES: Clare Laker (Public Health Development and Commissioning Manager, Bath and North East Somerset Council) Clare_Laker@BATHNES.GOV.UK 

  • Swindon: Surbdeep Rai (Healthy Schools Programme Manager, Swindon Borough Council) SRai@swindon.gov.uk  

Further information from the DfE