School Mental Health Leadership Programme

This programme is designed – and delivered – by experienced school leaders and mental health professionals to ensure the highest quality and relevance of all materials.

This is an intermediate level course and the course code is SMHL015

Who is this course for?

School leaders with a good understanding of mental health and the challenge of a strategic approach in schools.

How long does the course take?

The programme will be delivered over an academic year consisting of two full days and three ‘twilights’. In addition to this you will receive individualised support via three one-to-one coaching sessions and ongoing access to Creative Education’s Mental Health network and best practice sharing.

What is the cost?

This course has been assured for full DfE funding. The cost of the programme is £950 + VAT, which for eligible schools can be fully reclaimed plus an additional £250 to contribute towards any cover or resources needed.

How is it delivered?

The programme is delivered online to maximise potential collaboration and minimise any possible disruption due to Covid-19.

Course Content

This course includes a baseline audit of your setting’s current mental health provision to identity key areas for development.

It is designed to reflect the key learning outcomes outlined by the Department for Education. These fall within the following areas:

  • Leadership and management
  • Identifying need and monitoring impact of interventions
  • Targeted support and appropriate referrals
  • Staff development
  • Creating an ethos and environment
  • Enabling the Student Voice
  • Working with parents, families and carers
  • Curriculum, teaching and learning


By the end of the course, participants will have constructed a sustainable whole school plan to improve mental health outcomes for all members of the wider school community, which has been supported by Governors and embedded with the School Improvement Plan.

This will be as a result of:

  • understanding and identifying the mental health needs of the school;
  • developing practical skills that enable participants to evaluate pupil well-being, working more effectively in partnership with local mental health services, prioritising staff wellbeing;
  • developing a whole school approach where all members of the school community recognise and understand the importance of good mental health and by promoting good mental health through the curriculum.

All of this will help to improve the learning and life chances of children and young people, and enhance the wellbeing of the adults in the school community.

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