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DFE to fund mental health leads in schools

The Department for Education has announced funding to train senior mental health leads in up to 7,800 schools and colleges

The scheme, initially due to start in 2019, will now commence at the beginning of the 2021/22 academic year. Funding of £9.5m will be available with a pledge for the training to be offered to all state schools and colleges by 2025.

A further £7m will be provided for a Wellbeing for Education Recovery programme, providing free expert training, support and resources for staff dealing with children and young people experiencing additional pressures as a result of the Covid pandemic – including trauma, anxiety, or grief.

Gavin Williamson Education Secretary said: “I know how difficult the pandemic has been for many children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, and the next few months will be crucial in supporting their recovery.

"Getting back into the classroom was a vital step in this process but success in school and college goes beyond an excellent education – as parents we want our children to feel settled, calm and happy while they learn.

“That’s why we’re providing new funding to make experts available for support, advice and early intervention or specialist help, so every young person knows who and where to turn to as we build back better after the pandemic.”