We are encouraging schools and colleges committed to implementing a whole school or colleges approach to mental health to begin booking quality assured training for their senior mental health lead.
The gov.uk guidance has been updated with with further information and links to tools to help senior mental health leads to select and book one of over sixty five courses available to meet their needs, and how to subsequently get a £1200 grant from DfE to cover or contribute towards costs incurred.
A digital grant application service will also be available later in autumn term, we encourage schools and colleges meeting the terms and conditions for a grant to proceed to book a quality assured course. Eligible schools and colleges booking early will still need to apply for a grant, but should sign up here to be notified when they can apply.
Once the grant application service is available, and because training grants are limited to around a third of schools and colleges in 2021/22, schools will then need to apply for a grant first to ensure they have secured a training grant before they proceed to book a quality assured course.
Refreshed Whole School or College Approach guidance
DfE and PHE have worked together to also update the guidance on whole school or college approaches to mental health, reflecting the most recent children and young people’s mental health prevalence data, the role of the senior mental health lead in implementing approaches, and new case studies to illustrate this. This will be available here.
Webinar for schools and colleges
The DfE will be presenting a webinar intended for school and college senior mental health leads on 23 September 2021. Please feel free to share this invitation with your school and college networks.