Senior Mental Health Lead Training


The Department for Education (DfE) is offering a senior member of staff in every school or college the opportunity to get a grant for training to help the lead develop or introduce a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing in their setting.

The grant is a contribution to the cost of training and the hiring of supply staff whilst leads are engaged in learning.


The training is targeted towards giving the lead the knowledge and skills to develop a whole school or college approach to mental wellbeing in a setting and is closely aligned with Public Health England’s (PHE) promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing.


Between September 2021 and March 2022, about a third of all state schools and colleges will be able to apply and access the grant. The government has committed to offer senior lead training to all state schools and colleges by 2025.

This document gives more information on:

  • Which staff can get the training.

  • Grant amount.

  • How the training will be delivered.

  • Providers of training.

It is available here.

Department for Education June 2021

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