Playing a key role in the national roll-out of DfE funded training for mental health leads!

training for mental health leads
Under our partnership with the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University, as the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, we are the national quality assurance provider for all DfE funded training courses for senior leads in schools and colleges!
When will the DfE funded training courses for mental health leads be available?

Together, our teams now are working closely with the DfE and consulting with other training providers to define the quality criteria, questions and processes through which all training providers will apply to access the DfE funding, which will be released to schools and colleges from September 2021. We are also consulting with schools and colleges to develop a tool which will help them to find training courses best suited to their needs. We will then assess training providers’ applications and provide ongoing quality assurance to the DfE once the courses are running in the new academic year.

Since 2017, the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools has delivered a development programme to over 530 Mental Health Leads in Schools and Colleges. We will use our deep experience and extensive understanding of the issues faced by mental health leads in schools and colleges to support the Department for Education achieve the key policy of ensuring that all settings have a well trained mental health lead, so that it benefits the whole education community.

DfE funded training for mental health leads is one part of the whole school approach to mental health in schools and colleges

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advises that primary schools and secondary schools should be supported to adopt a comprehensive, ‘whole school’ approach to promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people. Such an approach moves beyond learning and teaching to pervade all aspects of the life of a school, and has been found to be effective in bringing about and sustaining health benefits.

Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing, Public Health England.

The following diagram presents 8 principles to promoting emotional health and wellbeing in
schools and colleges. Each of these principles are outlined in this recently updated guidance for headteachers and college principals, published by Public Health England:

Eight principles to promoting a whole school and college approach to emotional health and wellbeing
Eight principles to promoting a whole school and college approach to emotional health and wellbeing. Source: Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing, Public Health England, February 2021.