The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that, as of 21 September 2021, state funded schools and colleges can book a DfE-funded training course for their senior mental health lead, to help them implement an effective whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing. This is part of the government’s commitment to offer this training to all state schools and colleges by 2025.
Over 65 quality assured courses are available for school and college senior mental health leads, for all levels of experience, learning needs and preferences.
Further information about:
- learning outcomes for senior mental health leads;
- what training courses are available; and
- how schools and colleges can subsequently get a £1200 grant from DfE to cover or contribute towards costs incurred
Refreshed Whole School or College Approach guidance
To sit alongside this, the DfE has worked with PHE and the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition to update the guidance on whole school or college approaches to mental health, reflecting the most recent children and young people’s mental health prevalence data, the role of the senior mental health lead in implementing approaches, and new case studies to illustrate this.