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Mental Health and Pastoral Leads

Every Hertfordshire school is asked to nominate a Mental Health Lead (MHL) and where possible a Deputy Lead (DMHL), who will be a key point of contact for emotional wellbeing/ mental health in the school, and a key link with external provision/whole school models. The MHL/DMHL role description can be read below.

All Mental Health Lead guidance and resources can be accessed via a login to the Healthy Young Minds in Herts website.  MHLs can find the Level 1 and 2 training slides, the toolkit and advice on supporting a range of mental health issues.

Senior Mental Health Lead training

The Department for Education (DfE) is offering a grant of £1,200 for eligible state-funded schools and colleges in England 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.


Primary and Secondary MHL and pastoral networks

These networks provide useful opportunities to hear updates from local services.  The primary network meets termly online. The secondary network meets face to face at local schools.

Dates for 2023-24

Primary network

Autumn term:

Tuesday 14th November 2023, 9.30am – 11.00am

Spring term:

Tuesday 27th February 2024,    9.30am – 11.00am

Summer term

Tuesday 11th June 2024,              9.30am – 11.00am 

All primary network meetings will be held online. Joining links can be found within this flyer.

Primary network meetings

Secondary network

Autumn term

Thursday 12th October 2023   

2-4pm at Parmiters School           

Spring Term:

Tuesday 6th February 2024     

2-4pm Watford Boys Grammar School

Summer term:

Wednesday 15th May 2024   

2-4pm location West Herts College

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Mental Health Kitemark update

The new Kitemark process is now finalised and a phased roll-out is planned over the next 2 terms.

This term, Summer 2023, the process is being trialled with a small number of schools, to test the process and make any necessary adaptations.  This will involve schools completing the new self-review document along with an Assessor visit from a member of the EMWiE team.

In September, schools who had indicated that they were ready to submit the old version will be invited to join the new process, with a full roll-out to all primary and secondary schools in January 2024.

Alongside this, the process will continue to be developed for special schools, colleges and Early Years settings.

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