Senior Mental Health Leadership in Education Settings (SMHL Training)

Mental Health Leadership in Education Setting (SMHL Training)

The Charlie Waller Institute, in collaboration with Charlie Waller Trust, are offering Mental Health Leadership in Education Setting (SMHL Training) to all educational settings across the country, with our remote CPD offer. This course has been quality assured for the DfE senior mental health lead training grant and we are delighted to share that we have ranked as 4th nationally on the list of Intermediate Level course providers!

Please watch this short video which may give you a basic insight into our organisation, as well as show you how the course will run:

NEW NEWS… As well as our existing offer to schools and colleges, we are now offering an exclusive College ONLY Senior Mental Health Leadership training (College SMHL Training) to all college settings across the country.

The College SMHL training will be delivered in a similar way to our already established Mental Health Leadership in Education Setting programme (SMHL Training), starting with a live half-day online session for SMHLs working specifically in college settings.

Delegates will have access to the suite of created resources across 8-12 module (see format of training information below the steps) which comprise of pre-recorded webinars for participants, which are accessible via the Blackboard online portal:

We are taking bookings on a rolling basis and you can access our training at any point, with dates released for live sessions (usually every two months) once you have made a booking. Please follow the steps below to access our training.

Step 1

Apply for DfE grant of £1200 and quote our course code: SMHL075

Course code : SMHL075
Course level : Intermediate
Settings course is aimed at: Primary and Secondary settings, Colleges as well as Special schools (maintained and independent inclusive)

Step 2

Book a place on our course at the cost of £800 per delegate.

Please complete the booking form below if you would like to be invoiced.

Online Booking Booking Form

If you have any further queries about registering or booking a place, please email

Format of training (applicable for Schools and Colleges as well as College ONLY offer):

Total: 40 hours of CPD plus optional top up live sessions.

Coaching for each delegate – up to 2 hours.

See below for the modules and their format.

Introduction- Live half-day online session. The 8 online modules below are accessed via Blackboard (online portal). Delegates will have access to:

– Pre-recorded webinars from a range of professionals who have experience in Mental Health and Wellbeing roles, discussing their knowledge and skills

– Resources which include the most up to date evidence-based, as well as best practise, practical examples

A discussion board to connect with members of the University Programme team, as well as other Senior Mental Health Leads on the course

– Remote meeting rooms to allow access to other Senior Mental Health Leads

–  Access to a coach for up to 2 hours to enable support with ensuring practical applications into your educational settings, of a whole school/college approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing


Schools and Colleges Module

  1. Leadership and Management
  2. Enabling student voice
  3. Ethos and environment
  4. Curriculum, teaching and learning
  5. Staff Development
  6. Working with parents/carers
  7. Targeted Support and Appropriate Referrals
  8. Identifying need and monitoring impact
College ONLY Modules

  1. Introduction to the Whole College Approach to Mental health and Wellbeing
  2. College Leadership and Management
  3. Ethos and Environment in College Setting
  4. College Transitions
  5. The Learner Voice
  6. College Staff Development and Support
  7. College Curriculum and Teaching
  8. Identifying Need
  9. Targeted Support
  10. Parents and Carers
  11. Auditing and Monitoring Progress

You can find a rundown of all of the knowledge and skills which will be covered in the sessions in the DfE learning outcomes, published here.

Please email if you require further information regarding the course.

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