New Mental Health Competency Framework for Schools

It is vital, that everyone working within a school has a basic understanding of what mental health is and has the confidence to recognise and respond to common issues, especially in the current climate. This will help ensure that children and young people are equipped with the skills and strategies to manage their mental health and emotional wellbeing, including early access to any additional help they need.

We are therefore excited to share details of how we have adapted our training to align to a new Competency Framework and Training Needs Analysis tool that we have developed in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust, and other local stakeholders. We will also make this available to schools in other counties.


What is it?


The framework aims to simplify the complex picture of mental health training available through a tiered and structured approach to ensure the whole school community is equipped with the knowledge and skills to support young peoples’ mental health, as well as their own.


How to use the framework?


You may wish to adopt this to assist with your or your school’s training needs. There are three stages allowing for different depths of knowledge and training for different roles within the school. It helps you identify what training is needed and provides a list of recommended competencies needed within each stage.  See the accompanying image for a summary. It also aligns with the Thrive framework, the local structure for services for children, young people, their families and carers.


Our training programmes


In order to provide clarity to schools, our new training brochure details how courses fit with the different stages of the framework. We will also help settings undertake a Training Needs Analysis to ensure content is based on identified needs.



New courses for 20/21:


Stage 2 Enhanced training:

  • Eating Disorders
  • Mental Health Awareness for Managers
  • Mentoring Adults


Stage 3 Targeted training:

  • Delivering Parent & Student Workshops
  • Delivering the Young Health Champions Level 1 Award
  • Supervision Skills: Applying Creative Skills to Reflective Practice

Why us?


We are one of the leading regional providers of mental health training, developed as a result of our long history of supporting young people. Many of our courses have been locally approved and commissioned through the DfE and local authorities.

Courses are all written and delivered by clinical professionals using evidence based approaches and feedback from a range of stakeholders.

They can be provided both virtually and face to face as appropriate and tailored to the needs of your setting or individuals. We also give delegates access to a range of free Level 2 courses to continue learning and signpost to further opportunities to progress knowledge.



Based on more than 7050 delegates trained in 688 settings.


Contact us


To access the full toolkit, please contact us on 01733 373187 or email and we will signpost you to this as soon as it is formally announced.

To access our new calendar of training linked to the framework, visit our training events calendar and campaigns page.