Grants for Senior Mental Health Lead Training in Schools and Colleges

Grants and access to quality assured training available to help develop a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.

The Department for Education (DfE) is offering a grants for eligible state-funded schools and colleges to train a senior mental health lead to develop and implement a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.

This training is not compulsory, but it is part of the government’s commitment to offer this training to all eligible schools and colleges by 2025.

Grants of £1,200 will be provided to cover (or contribute to) the cost of attending a quality assured course and may also be used to hire supply staff whilst leads are engaged in learning.

All state-funded education settings that are in receipt of ESFA pre-16 revenue, high needs block, or 16 to 19 programme funding are eligible for the grant, including:

  • Mainstream academies and local-authority maintained schools
  • Special academies and local authority maintained schools special schools (including alternative provision)
  • Independent special schools whose pupils’ education is funded by their local authority
  • Further education colleges attended by under 18-year-olds (one claim per campus ID)
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Special post-16 institutions
  • Non-maintained special schools
  • Local authorities
  • Independent training providers.

Applicants can now apply for a senior mental health lead training grant to commence training within the 2022 to 2023 financial year, up to 31 March 2023.

There are two forms applicants must complete:

  • Form 1 – the initial application form to check eligibility and reserve a grant
  • Form 2 – the second stage of the application process, where applicants upload evidence of having booked a DfE quality assured training course so they can pay the grant.

There is no specified deadline for applications.

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)