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Senior Mental Health Leads Training Grants 2024

Secure your grant to improve your school or college’s approach to mental health and wellbeing in 2024.

Grants of £1,200 are still available to access continuing professional development (CPD) for your school or college’s mental health lead. If you haven’t already done so, claim your grant this term and join the 15,000 schools and colleges that have already accessed a DfE quality assured senior mental health lead course. The training will develop your mental health lead’s knowledge and practical skills to embed an effective whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.

87 per cent of senior leads who competed the training in 2021-2022 said that it enabled them to plan or improve their approach, and 83 per cent said that they would recommend the course to others.

The training includes important topics to lead change in your setting, such as:

  • Understanding and identifying mental health and wellbeing needs and monitoring the impact of support
  • Approaches to plan and lead change aligned to the work of your DSL and SENCO
  • Developing your universal and targeted support offer
  • Engaging students/pupils and developing positive relationships with parents, families and carers.


Take five minutes to claim your training grant here. You can also use the grant to pay for supply cover while leads are engaged in learning and/or to pay for additional training or resources to help with implementing your approach. Choose from over 90 quality assured courses at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, delivered on-line or face-to-face and tailored to the needs of your settings.

You can now also claim a 2nd grant here if your trained mental health lead left your setting before fully developing your whole school or college approach.


Recently launched:


Access a new resource hub to help mental health leads embed a whole school or college approach to mental health & wellbeing. This has been developed with Anna Freud, in partnership with education representatives and mental health experts.


A new targeted mental wellbeing support toolkit is also available. This provides a practical guide and filterable tool to help schools and colleges review, refresh and develop effective targeted support for pupils and learners with social, emotional and mental health needs.


Sharing good practice blog series – senior leads tell us about the action they’ve taken to shape their approach by enabling student voice – read about this here