DfE Quality Assured Course for Senior Mental Health Leads
Mental Health Elevated has been designed for mental health, pastoral and wellbeing leads in education settings. The course is quality assured by Department for Education and allows the opportunity to explore the science of mental resilience in a way that feels intellectually demanding, personal and practical.
Mental fitness is as important as physical fitness and advances in neuroscience mean we now understand so much more about how to look after ourselves psychologically.
You will come away with a clear language framework, a set of structured skills and strategies, and practical resources that means you will be better equipped to look after your own wellbeing, you are able to articulate the learning, plan, promote and teach it to others.
“I feel that this course has now given me the confidence to support others within my school in a much more beneficial way. Small changes can make a huge difference”
“This course has given me practical ideas alongside theory which I haven’t found from any other courses in such great quality”
“I have come away from this course feeling very supported and a lot less alone in my role as Mental Health Lead”
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. We 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.
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.
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.
This course is for the Senior Mental Health Lead for the school or setting.
This is a 'beginner' course for those who are new to the role and/or have not completed previous training.
It is suitable for roles in primary, middle, secondary, colleges, special schools and alternative provision.
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.
Yes, on satisfactory completion of the course and the anonymised evaluation form you will receive a certificate acknowledging the Continued Professional Development hours.
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.
Yes, this is an interactive course and you are required to have your camera and audio on.
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.
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