Senior Mental Health Lead Training

We pleased to announce that, together with the LCC Educational  Psychology service, we are an approved provider of the new Senior Mental Health Lead training programme, commissioned and quality assured by the Department for Education. Details on the national programme are available here.

A document outlining key information on our training programme can be downloaded here.

Our training programme is designed to equip a member of staff to take a lead role in relation to mental health in the school and influence and drive change in relation to policy, behaviour management and wellbeing support.

The programme will be delivered by our team of clinical psychologists, jointly with LCC educational psychologists, and will run over two terms. Places for staff from 30 primary schools will be available from January 2022, with a further 30 places for secondary school staff available in March 2022.

The full costs of training will be met through the Senior Mental Health Lead grant available from the DfE. Individual schools will need to apply for this grant and purchase our training through the government online portal. There will be no additional charges to schools in addition to this grant.

Our programme consists of three days training on relational and attachment-based approaches to whole school mental health, assessing mental health needs, developing policy and leadership and strategic influencing, followed by a range of individual and group-based support for the implementation of the training.

What Will I Learn From This Training?

  • We will focus on the fundamental importance of relationships through which wellbeing is improved and maintained for both students and their families and for staff colleagues.
  • As a result of the training you will understand how to bring a relational and attachment-based approach to all aspects of school life, and see the positive change that this will create.
  • You will learn evidence-based methods of assessment and analysis of mental health needs, and ways to develop needs-based intervention plans both for in-school support and to assist in requests for support from external agencies.
  • We will enable you to apply evidence-based principles and strategies to help your setting better understand the reasons for mental health difficulties in both students and staff, and tools and techniques to lead strategic change in your school through both policy and culture change.
  • We will focus on strategic influencing and leadership, equipping you with the theory and skills to lead and drive change in your setting, improving whole school understandings around mental health, reducing barriers to support, and developing whole school policies and processes to best support the wellbeing of students and staff.
  • You will have the opportunity to join a supportive peer group of other leads and work together as a community of practice, sharing ideas and successes as you implement learning from the programme.

Who Is This Training For?

Grant funding is available for one person in each school or college to access this training. The training is aimed at a member of staff who has (or is developing) a lead role within the setting to oversee the wellbeing of students and staff, and who has responsibility for shaping practice, writing policy and driving change in the setting. It is likely that this will be a member of the senior leadership team in the setting. You can check whether your school or college is eligible for this training here.

What Is the Time Committment?

Our programme consists of:

  • three training days consisting of three half day online sessions, followed by a three half day face-to-face practical implementation sessions (to be held at either Lancaster University or County Hall Preston). Online sessions will be recorded for on-demand access.
  • completion of audit and action planning tools designed to better understand the needs of your setting and plan actions for implementing change.
  • a one hour online coaching session to review and support your action plans.
  • the option of joining regular two hour peer supervision and discussion sessions with other senior leads to discuss implementation of your action plans. Group sessions will be held in either our Lancaster or Preston training venues.

How Is It Funded?

The cost of the programme is £800. Schools and colleges will be able to apply for a grant from the Department for Education of £1200 (to cover the cost of the training and backfill cover for training days). Details of how to apply for funding will be announced by the DfE later in the autumn. However, eligible schools and colleges who book places on training programmes with us now will be guaranteed to receive a grant.

If you would like to register your interest in being part of this programme, please complete the form here. We will reserve places on a first come, first served basis. 

If you have any further questions please email us at