Join our DfE grant-funded senior mental health lead training -
learning outcome 4: Staff development
Supporting your own, your colleagues' and your pupils'/students' wellbeing
(course code SMHL014)
While it is crucially important for schools to take
a proactive role in promoting the mental health and wellbeing of children and
young people, there is often a lack of training for school staff to understand
and implement evidence-based approaches.
A whole school approach requires the mental health
and wellbeing of everyone in the school community to be supported, starting with staff; how can you support others if you are not well yourself? How can we retain brilliant teaching and non-teaching staff in the profession and in our schools if we don't look after them?
This course, focusing on the staff development
aspects of whole school wellbeing (learning outcome 4, based on the PHE '8 Principles'1), will provide you with
the tools, strategies and resources to support your own mental health, and to
engage your colleagues and help them promote and support their own wellbeing
and that of the pupils/students in your school.
As a result of attending this course, undertaking a
small amount of self-directed learning and attending the group coaching and
supervision session, you will be able to write the ‘staff development’ element
of your school’s mental health plan and have a strategy to implement
it, thus taking an important step towards promoting and enhancing whole school
This course has been quality assured for DfE grant-funded senior mental health lead training.
1 The Public Health England (PHE) 'Eight principles to promoting a whole school and college approach to emotional health and wellbeing' can be found in Promoting children and young people's emotional health and wellbeing: A whole school and college approach.
COURSE FORMAT / DELIVERY
- 3-hour virtual (live/real time) workshop delivered via Zoom. Group size up to a maximum of 12 people.
- 2-hour virtual (live/real time) group coaching/supervision session.
- Self-directed learning (approximately 3 hours).
- E-mail support from trainer for up to one year (including review of the strategic plan for staff development and wellbeing).
Additionally, you will need to set aside some time to write your plan.
This course has been DfE quality assured for DfE grant-funded senior mental health lead training.
For information about funding eligibility criteria, please see the DfE information pages (click).
DfE grand funding applications for senior mental health lead training are now open. You can apply for a grant via this link.
What support will be available?
You will be supported throughout the course through interactive, practical learning activities, guidance on creating their school’s mental health plan, and ad-hoc e-mail support during and after the course to answer any questions you may have, be signposted to additional information or review/discuss elements of your plan relating to the course.
Peer networking, collaboration and interactive learning
You will have the opportunity to explore, with your peers, what is already being done well in your respective settings, and to
collaborate on building on this in your strategic plan (in the workshop and
group coaching session).
There will also be opportunities to share personal
wellbeing tools and strategies and to practise wellbeing techniques with your
peers in pair/group settings.
You will also be encouraged to remain in contact with the other Senior Mental Health Leads on the course (though of course there is no obligation to do so) for on-going peer support and sharing of best practice, and you will be signposted to additional peer support and information networks.