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BSW Senior Mental Health Lead Training Resources   

The majority of schools in B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire were provided with Senior Mental Health Lead training between 2021 and 2023 and are now attending the ongoing SMHL network meetings. 

Cohort 4: 15th March 2023 & 18th May 2023.

Cohort 3: 28th September 2022 & 23rd March 2023. 

Cohort 2: 20th January 2022 & 23rd June 2022.

Cohort 1: 10th November 2021 & 23rd March 2022.

B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire Councils provided this course, that was assessed as meeting the required quality criteria to deliver the DfE grant funded senior mental health lead training for schools and colleges. 

How to obtain your grant of £1200

If you have already attended the BSW course, you don't need to apply for another course (using the national DfE course finder), even if prompted when you apply for your grant. 

Keep evidence of your booking, which must be supplied on request*

Apply for you grant here  - Find out how your school or college can apply for a grant and access DfE quality assured training to help develop a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.

*Schools that have attended the BSW courses will need to provide proof of booking which will need to quote:

  • Course code: SMHL001
  • Provider: Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • Course Title: Senior Mental Health Leadership in B&NES, Swindon and Wiltshire
  • Price: £160

This will have been sent to you by your contact at B&NES, Swindon or Wiltshire Council following your booking. 

Course content

By the end of the course you will have:

  • Understood the role of the Senior Mental Health Lead
  • Explored personal attitudes and values and examined local data
  • Identified those issues pertinent to the pupils in your school and be able to plan to meet these
  • Gained confidence to embed a whole school approach to mental health in school
  • Considered services and provisions within the Local Authority

The BSW course was offered at the Intermediate Level and aimed at the following settings: Primary schools; secondary schools; colleges (sixth-form and further education colleges); special schools; alternative provision

Course resources 

These were the resources provided for delegates on the most recent SMHL course during 2023.


Presentation slides

Day 1 PowerPoint 

Day 2 PowerPoint


B&NES, Swindon & Wiltshire SMHL Knowledge Hub Group

Access, or request to join here with your school email address 

LA links to local and national resources

B&NES Public Health in Schools Programme

BANES Wellbeing for Education Recovery

B&NES audit tool Mental Health and Wellbeing Audit



Swindon Healthy Schools: EWMH

Swindon audit tool New Mental Health Schools Award


Wiltshire Healthy Schools: EWMH

Wiltshire audit tool Whole school approach to mental health

Wiltshire CAMHS SPA

Wiltshire MHST support


Key national documents 

Promoting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing: a whole school or college approach (PHE & DfE, 2021) 

Mental health and behaviour in schools (DfE, 2018)

Learning outcomes for senior mental health leads in schools and colleges (DfE, 2021)


Materials for use during the events

Day 1 

Day 1 programme

Getting Started conversations

Getting started - activity card 1

Pupil voice

Pupil voice - activity card 2

Parents and carers

Working with parents and carers - activity card 3

Parent and carer school website template all ages (B&NES)  

Support from your LA

B&NES offer

Swindon offer

Wiltshire offer


Anxious and protective parents - scenario 1 

Pupil too anxious for lesson - scenario 2

Pupil having panic attack - scenario 3

Staff not feeling confident - scenario 4

Self harm disclosure - scenario 5

Disruptive pupil - scenario 6

Sensitive issues in PSHE - scenario 7

Tacking stigma - scenario 8


Day 2 

Day 2 programme

Getting started

How are we doing  - activity card 1b

Staff wellbeing 

Staff wellbeing - activity card 2b

Staff wellbeing charter


Assessment tools - activity card 3b

The Bears (primary) - tool 1

Blobs (secondary) - tool 2 

SDQ (pri, sec and FE) - tool 3

The Wellbeing Measurement Framework (pri, sec and FE) - tool 4

The Stirling Children's Wellbeing Scale (primary and secondary) - tool 5