Mental Health Elevated - Bounce Forward

Mental Health Elevated

DfE quality assured course, for Senior Mental Health Leads **SMHL002**

We are more than teachers, professionals, or colleagues, we are human beings and people matter. Mental fitness is as important as physical fitness and advances in neuroscience mean we understand so much more about how to look after ourselves psychologically.

Mental Health Elevated has been designed to allow Senior Mental Health Leads the opportunity to explore the science of resilience in a way that feels intellectually demanding, personal and practical. Participants will come away from the programme with a clear language framework, a set of structured skills and strategies and practical resources that mean they will feel better equipped to look after their own wellbeing, they will be able to articulate the learning, plan, promote and teach to others.

Bounce Forward has supported professionals in education for more than 13 years, to develop emotional resilience. Understanding resilience in the context of positive psychology means individuals develop a sophisticated sense of self, can make the most of opportunities and deal well with setbacks. Technology has created a more emphasised blurring of boundaries between personal and professional lives and heightens the need to recognise and value the importance of looking after our wellbeing as a key driver for both personal and professional success.  

You can read about the content of the sessions on the right hand side.

For more information visit the Senior Mental Health Lead page – Senior mental health lead training page

More Information

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  • Who is it for?

    This is a DfE quality assured course for Senior Mental Head Leads (SMHL) in schools.

    It will deliver all aspects and learning outcomes for Staff Development as published by the DfE.

    This is a ‘beginner’ course for SMHLs who are new to the role and/or have not completed previous senior mental health leadership training.

    It is suitable for SMHL in primary, middle, secondary schools, in colleges, special schools and alternative provision.

  • What does being an approved DfE training provider mean? 

    All training providers listed on the ‘assured’ DfE list have been subjected to a quality assurance process independently facilitated by Leeds Beckett University.

    Training providers had to meet strict quality standards and demonstrate they could deliver against specific learning outcomes for set categories of training.

    The DfE has implemented this process to ensure high quality training for the role of Senior Mental Health Leads.

    Mental Health Elevated is a DfE approved course – reference number **SMHL002**

  • How will this help me in my role as Senior Mental Health Lead? 

    The personal development programme is enhanced by exploring how to share the ideas effectively with others and as a way to shift culture and for school improvement.

    The course is designed to provide a space in between sessions to go back into school for initial conversations and will provide you with a framework for reviewing the current provision and to consider action planning and next steps.

    The process will be explained during the training and will direct you to review how CPD budgets are currently utilised, the planning process for CPD events across the setting (including INSET days), how CPD of staff fits into overall improvements planning and monitoring, working with internal and external specialist provision and evaluating cost benefits against current provision. The process will support effective planning for embedding a sustained shift in culture in promoting staff mental health and wellbeing.

    Beyond the course, Senior Mental Health Leads are invited to join a Bounce Forward Circle on Edoocoo. A free collaboration hub for the educational community. Bounce Forward has a dedicated Circle for professionals who have completed training with us. It’s a place where practice is shared, and professional connections are made and extended.

  • How do I apply for the DfE grant to pay for this course?

    Information for eligible state-funded schools and colleges about grant funding for senior mental health lead training – click here.

    Senior mental health lead page – Senior mental health lead training page

    Senior mental health leads will be directed to book their chosen course directly with Bounce Forward as the training provider.

    You will need to provide the reference number for the course which **SMHL002** 

    Once a senior mental health lead has booked a place they will be asked to return to the opt-in service on to provide evidence of their booking, before receiving a DfE grant.

    Information on the grant conditions – Senior mental health lead training grant funding

  • How much is the course? 

    The cost is £260 per person.

    The full £1,200 can be claimed via the link below. You can use the remaining funding to support the work in your school. So our course means its’ a win, win for you and your school.

    Apply for the DfE grant

  • Will I receive a certificate? 

    Yes, on satisfactory completion of the course and the anonymised evaluation form you will receive a certificate acknowledging the Continued Professional Development hours.


  • Where is it?

    The interactive training will take place on Zoom, an online platform that allows you to interact with other participants, the Bounce Forward trainer and the course content.

    If you don’t already have the Zoom app, you can download it for free here. Once installed on your device, simply click on the meeting link provided by us at the allocated time, and we will take care of the rest. There is a useful video tutorial on how to join a meeting here.

  • Will you be able to see me?

    Yes, this is an interactive course and you are required to have your camera and audio on.

  • Personalised Support 

    The course explores mental health and wellbeing in the context of real, everyday circumstances. Participants are guided through the structure of skills and strategies using relevant examples to deliberately keep the learning safe. Self-reflection activities are built into the core, as well as ‘activities to try’ in between sessions at home’ mean the course is intellectually demanding, feels personal and creates a supportive environment.

    Participants are invited to consider, explore and learn skills to develop personal emotional resilience, mental health and wellbeing, but the course is not intended to solve individual problems, significant life challenges or provide therapeutic intervention.

    By confirming your attendance, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions and taking full responsibility for your suitability to attend.

Click here to contact us with any questions, or complete the Contact Form to register your interest.

Terms and conditions

Course Overview 

Session 1:

Personal mental health and wellbeing 

This session will begin by setting the national and local context, tone and expectations as well as connecting as a network of supportive peers. The core focus will explore the notion that mental wellbeing doesn’t mean being happy all of the time. It is the sense of feeling good about ourselves and being able to function well as individuals and in our daily lives. It is our ability to cope well in the face of adversity and make the most of opportunities. Looking after our personal wellbeing has to start with understanding why it is important.

Optimism during uncertainty and change

The way we interpret situations has a significant impact on the way we respond to challenges and setbacks. The session will dive deep into the link between what we think and how we feel behave to explore how this can help us work through uncertain times. Flexible and realistic thinking enables us to do the ‘right’ thing at the right time, so we achieve the best possible outcome.

Resilient relationships 

We are social beings and our relationships matter, so does our ability to build and maintain constructive relationships in our professional roles, particularly when leading change. Focusing on compassion and kindness can feel like a weak approach but it is an effective way to not only build new connections, but also to strengthen existing relationships. Playing to our strengths can improve personal relationships too.

Session 2:

Making it happen in my setting 

In between sessions you will have started initial conversations in schools and reviewed current provision. You will come to the sessions having considered actions and next steps.

This final session is specifically designed to share practice across the group and receive feedback and support on individual plans. The process will support effective planning for embedding a sustained shift in culture in promoting staff mental health and wellbeing.

97% of previous participants agree or strongly agree with the following four statements  

I found the training useful.

The skills I have learnt will be useful in my work with staff and students.

This approach can help us improve the school.

I would recommend this training to others.