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PG Cert Leadership of School Mental Health and Wellbeing

Leeds Beckett University


Mental health is everybody's responsibility and all schools play a key role in supporting the mental health of their students. This course will enable you to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, help your school adopt strategies which prevent mental illness and improve your support processes for children and young people in schools.

As part of your course you’ll:

  • Gain an understanding of the evidence of effective whole school mental health
  • Apply your knowledge in your role as a school leader
  • Learn how to recognise issues such as low self-esteem, anxiety and depression
  • Take early steps to improve the mental health of children in your care
  • Develop sophisticated and original interventions to build children’s resilience and nurture appropriate coping mechanisms
  • Provide an inclusive and enabling environment where every student's mental health can be supported and strengthened

This course will adopt a multidisciplinary, whole systems approach to the improvement of mental health and wellbeing.

You’ll draw on expertise from school leadership and teaching, organisational change, child therapy, education psychology and social work. And you’ll develop the knowledge, confidence, independence and leadership skills to be able to provide effective mental health support for all your students.

By strengthening your self-awareness and reflective skills, you’ll be able to confidently lead on best practice in the support and promotion of student resilience and mental health across your community.

Evidence has shown that promoting positive mental health reduces behavioural problems. It also produces an array of positive outcomes, including improved attitudes to learning and better attendance and lower exclusion rates.

You’ll develop effective approaches to devising and leading on effective whole school mental health and wellbeing strategies as well as targeted interventions. Your expertise will support pupils, your teaching colleagues and the school's leadership team.

You'll have access to expertise within the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools. The centre aims to strengthen the mental health of the next generation by supporting schools to make a positive change at all levels of the UK's education systems. It will focus on improving outcomes and life chances of children and young people.

Engage with our teaching team from Minds Ahead, our partner organisation who supports with the delivery of the course, to find out more about how we can help you improve the mental health of your pupils.


Independent study is a crucial part of learning at university and you will be required to undertake many hours of self-directed research and reading, and preparation and writing of assessments. Your course is delivered through a number of modules, which will help you to plan your time and establish a study routine. Outside of your lectures, workshops and tutorials, a range of support is available to assist with your independent study. Our subject-specific librarians will be on hand to direct you to the specialist learning and study-skill resources. You’ll also be assigned an academic advisor to give you tailored feedback and support.

Our silver status in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework, reflects our commitment to deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

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Listed below are the documents required to apply for this course.
1 year


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024

Mode of Study

  • Online