Senior Mental Health Leads Training

DfE Approved Provider

Our sister company, Connex Academy, is a Department for Education approved provider of Senior Mental Health Lead training. £1200 of grant funding is now available to schools and colleges through the DfE.

Funding is limited and only available until the 31st of March 2024 act now!

Cohort places are limited so reserve your spot now!

Improve your School or College's approach to Mental Health

Our DfE approved course is modular and flexible, offering a mix of online & video instruction, directed reflection, webinars and coaching to best suit your learning needs.

You will cover the following:

Getting the basics right – Learn the wellbeing scale from flourishing to mental health issues.

Clarity first -Evaluate the state of mental health and its policies in your school.

The change starts with you – Become a role model by using wellbeing inducing leadership skills.

Better together – Co create your schools’ wellbeing vision for a transformative and inclusive environment.

Learn and grow – Focus on up skilling multi-stakeholders alongside curricular frameworks for key culture change. 

Reach for effective care – Identify indicators for swift mental health interventions, including students voice.

Moving forward – Evaluate and optimise all changes for wellbeing sustainability.

Sharing best practice – Online community of like minded SMHL, sharing a passion for people’s mental wellbeing.

The Outcome

After course completion you will be able to confidently support your school on the road to more wellbeing.

You will know how to:

  • Promote wellbeing and organise professional mental health support
  • Evaluate what works and what needs change
  • Create dialogue and buy-in in your community
  • Offer targeted learning for teachers, students and parents
  • Take swift action when effective care is needed
  • Improve and adapt the action plan for lasting change

Your Road to Success

The course is only the beginning. Once your course is completed we will support you further:

  • We will help you implement your developed whole school change action plan
  • You will get CPD credits and a certificate to validate your course efforts
  • You can continue to connect and learn with other Senior Mental Health Leads through our online SMHL community hub
  • You can join our additional complimentary personal Wellbeing Programme

Key Programme Characteristics


Modular activities to build strategic action plan which supports positive whole-school change.


Previous successful TSP SMHL remain members for continued access and ongoing support.


SMHL Community Platform – connect with other SMHL, access ongoing expert peer support, coaching and networking.


Modular self-paced, on-demand sessions which are accessible at your convenience.


One to One coaching, mentoring or supervision between our experts and the senior leads.


Regular live engagement group sessions, held by expert presenters in mental health education with Q&A in each module.


Group coaching, mentoring or supervision between our experts and multiple senior leads.


Modular knowledge tests and end assessment to enable certificate completion and CPD credits.


Modular resources, activities, reflection, and expansion of concepts through playbook to support each module.

Meet Our Experts

Dr Elke Paul

Dr. Elke Paul, is co-founder of  CreatePositive, a professional learning ecosystem to advance mental wellbeing and human skills. She is an international education and mental wellbeing consultant, content developer, facilitator, and speaker.

She is passionate about Wellbeing Transformation Programs and has dedicated her work to empowering and helping organisations flourish. She believes well-being education needs to be at the core of any school education alongside academic knowledge development. Dr Paul believes that dedicated leadership, staff up-skilling and community participation are crucial levers for success.

As a board member of the Spirituality and Meaning Division at the International Positive Psychology Association, she is convinced, the art of slowing down, mindfulness, and developing a healthy relationship with oneself are additional drivers for a positive change in schools. 

Given current global challenges, and with teachers and students specifically, wellbeing education needs to get to schools directly and more professionally. Through CreatePositive Dr Elke has been able to support and empower other educators with strategies, tools and knowledge to enable them to bring about whole-school wellbeing change within their school communities.

Ella Savell-Boss

Ella is an NSPCC accredited safeguarding trainer and has over 17 years’ experience of working with children and families in education and safeguarding. Her roles have included working across the whole school community with children, families, staff, governors, and external agencies. Ella led her previous school in achieving Optimus Education and Children’s Society Wellbeing Award and has supported and advised other schools working towards this award.

Ella has worked as a frontline lead for safeguarding, emotional health, and wellbeing across a Multi-Academy Trust in a highly deprived area and has experience on leading staff and community in developing new ways to increase learning, understanding, monitoring and evaluation.

Understanding school safeguarding management, challenges, pressures, and barriers posed, gives her the depth of understanding to support future Senior Mental Health Leads to overcome these. Ella is passionate about ensuring adequate wrap-around support is provided to staff holding these key roles and foundation for bringing about whole school change.

Ella has seen the growing need for a Senior Mental Health role to be established within schools and this makes her an ideal expert support for the Thirsty Scholars Partnership SMHL programme.

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