Published date: 15 September 2021

Last edited date: 27 October 2022

Open early engagement - This means that a procurement idea is currently active, it is in the early stage of development and judging interest from potential suppliers.

Closing date: 31 March 2023

Contract summary


  • Education and training services - 80000000

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Procurement reference


Published date

15 September 2021

Closing date

31 March 2023

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Following a successful first year of delivery, the Department for Education (DfE) is offering further grant funding so that two thirds of eligible state-funded schools and colleges in England can undertake senior mental health lead training before the end of the 2022 to 2023 financial year. This is part of a government commitment to offer this training to all eligible state schools and colleges by 2025.

Further information on our offer to schools and colleges can be found at

To deliver training that schools and colleges can pay for using senior mental health lead grant funding, you will need to have your training course(s) assessed against DfE quality criteria and the learning outcomes ( You can find further information about training course requirements in the application pack.

Courses that meet the required quality criteria following the application process will be published on DfE's list of quality assured courses ( and the course selection tool ( for schools and colleges to access.

Applying to have your training course quality assured:

Training providers wishing to offer grant-funded senior mental health lead training to schools and colleges are invited to submit an application to have their course quality assured.

The application process is comprised of 2 stages:
• Stage 1 - initial application form: Training providers must submit the stage 1 application form to provide an outline of their course.
• Stage 2 - course content review: Training providers that are successful at stage 1 will then be invited to submit a sample of course content and materials, for review against the quality criteria.

Your course(s) will be quality assured by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, working on behalf of DfE. Please ensure you submit the stage 1 application form to the Carnegie Centre of Excellence by midnight on the dates provided below.

Application submission dates:
Applications will be received on a quarterly basis. A list of upcoming submission deadlines in the 2022 to 2023 financial year can be found below:

• 7th November 2022
• 16th January 2023

For courses that are not successful, feedback will be provided and there will be an option to re-apply during the next application window.

Further information about what happens after submitting the stage 1 application form can be found in the training course application pack document (attached below).

Below you will find:
• Application pack, containing a blank application form and guidance to assist you in completing your application

More information



How to apply

Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.

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