Mental Health Leads Training / Support 

DfE Funded MH Lead Training 

Booking a course

The training has been ‘launched’ and you can now find Quality Assured courses (currently about 68) to book on that will enable you to claim the DfE funding of up to £1200. The courses are organised by setting and level of experiencee of the MH Lead This can be done by: 

  1. finding and booking on a course of your choice
  2. going to the course selector -

The course selector will ask you to complete some questions to assess your level of current knowledge and what you are hoping for from a course and provide some suggestions for courses. However we’re hearing from some colleagues in Cornwall who have used the course selector that the suggestions can be quite limited.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE the course selector – it is only intended as a guide. You can book any course (as long it on approved list).

Claiming the funding

11th October - The grant application system is open on the DfE website. 

The application window will CLOSE on 25th October 2021

More information from the DfE here


Early years settings are not eligible for the funding.

Only state funded schools can apply 

MATS / Clusters

We understand that the funding is only available to schools individually. If MATS / Clusters want to work together it can only be at the agreement of each individual school. Some of the training providers listed below will be offering bespoke programmes for any groups that do decide to work together. 


What will the Training Cover?

The Learning outcomes for senior mental health lead training (PDF)  are closely aligned with the principles of the Whole School Approach


Additional Support 


Cornwall Wellbeing Hub / MH Leads Network 2021 - 2022

We are keen to support MH leads in schools 

In partnership with the Educational Psychology service we will offer a series of wellbeing workshops and webinars building on the hugely popular Weathering the Storm sessions held in 2020 / 2021 (funded by the DfE Wellbeing for Education Return  programme). 

There will be MH Leads network meetings and drop in sessions for anyone who is interested in wellbeing and MH in schools. 

The Hub is hoping to host a wide range of events with key trainers / thinkers / authors such as Paul Dix, Dr Tine Rae, Dr Karen Treisman, Dr Pooky Knightsmith and more.

We will continue to support trauma-informed / practice practice in schools


Anna Freud Centre - Schools in Mind Network

Schools in Mind is a free network for education professionals with resources / training. Worth getting the newsletter 


Innovating Minds / Edupod

An interesting take on support for MH Leads. 

EduPod is online tool for mental health leads to plan, manage and evaluate their journey to creating happy and mentally healthy environments for the whole school community. They have come up with a MH Leads training offer linked to the tool.

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