Senior Mental Health Lead Training

Senior Mental Health Leads in schools and colleges can now apply for grant funding to access Department for Education (DfE)-assured training.

The DfE is offering a £1,200 grant for a senior member of school or college staff to access quality assured training to implement an effective whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing in your setting.

Grants of £1,200 will be available to around a third of all state schools and colleges this financial year. This is part of the government’s commitment to offer this training to all eligible schools and colleges by 2025.

To find out more about accessing this grant and training visit the Senior Mental Health Lead Guidance webpage.

Mental Health Training & Competency Framework

As part of the DfE Wellbeing for Education Return programme, a series of three webinars were offered to schools across Cambridgeshire to introduce the new Mental health Competency Framework. Over 125 people registered for the sessions delivered by YMCA Trinity Group, with 100% of attendees saying it was relevant and will help schools assess their training needs.

The framework forms part of a wider local collaboration to support schools, and a range of additional programmes are being launched over the coming months. Details of these will be shared in due course, including a new school’s resource on the keep your head website in the new year.

Remember that all schools in the Opportunity Area can gain access to a range of mental health training from YMCA Trinity Group, and be supported to use the competency framework to identify needs. Please contact or call 01733 373187 for more information. For more details about the current offer visit: SEMH Training from the YMCA (
In addition to these wider staff training opportunities, a local Designated Senior Mental Health Lead training package that schools can use the DfE grant funding for, is being designed in readiness for September 2022. This will be based on local need and will be developed in collaboration with local service providers such as the local authority, NHS and YMCA Trinity Group. More details will follow later in the year, but you can register your interest by contacting YMCA Trinity Group using the details above.

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