School Mental Health Specialist

SMHS expert group

A new way to ensure mental health support across your school or college, inspiring students to reach their potential.​

The School Mental Health Specialist will be accredited at Master's level at Leeds Beckett University. ​


Minds Ahead, in collaboration with Leeds Beckett University, are proud to announce the ‘School Mental Health Specialist’ master’s level programme, starting in September 2021. This new specialist training programme has been jointly designed and informed by school leaders, educational experts and mental health professionals.

Schools are facing a mental health crisis and are struggling to access the support that they need.

Outcomes for students with a mental health need are very low, attendance is a major concern. Staff wellbeing is also affected with over half of teachers saying that their personal relationships are affected by their challenges at work.

 The ‘School Mental Health Specialist’ will ensure that schools have dedicated and qualified support as part of the school team. ​

“The Carnegie School of Education, at Leeds Beckett University, have worked successfully with Minds Ahead since their inception and I am thrilled that we can develop this relationship further by working together on this new qualification."​

Professor Damien Page
Dean of the Carnegie School of Education

It is clear that there is a need for first class mental health support in our schools. I am delighted that Minds Ahead are working on a new postgraduate programme which will bring school mental health expertise to our schools.”​

Baroness Nicky Morgan
Former Secretary of State for Education

 "Running a special academy which serves children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs, makes it clear to me that we need new and informed training routes into working in mental health in schools. I am delighted to be a part of the group designing the School Mental Health Specialist qualification."

Scott Jacques
Executive Headteacher, Springwell Academy

Minds Ahead have won several highly competitive awards to design and develop this innovative programme:

Minds Ahead is an UnLtd Award Winner

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