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Senior leads training



Designed to support Senior Leads to implement trauma informed and mentally healthy practices into their school, this course will ensure that Leads have knowledge, skills and understanding to translate the approach into policy and practice to drive crucial change and optimise the well-being of both adults and pupils in their school.

Who it is for: Headteachers, assistant/deputy heads, governors, SENCOs, EPs, nursery managers, heads of virtual schools. 

Duration/format: 2-days online or in person

Admission Requirements: To be part of a senior leadership team.

Cost: Individual places on open courses- £195 (no VAT), commissioned courses- £2,400 (no VAT) for up to 15 delegates, £3,100 for over 15 delegates, 

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 "I won’t hesitate to recommend your organisation in future as absolutely essential for any school/educator that claims to have the well-being of their children as their top priority." 2020 Delegate


This course is designed to support Senior Leads to implement trauma informed and mentally healthy practices into their schools. TIS UK recognises the importance of the commitment and determination of Senior Leads to fully embed any approach or cultural change. The course will ensure that Senior Leads have the knowledge, skills and understanding to optimise the well-being of both adults and pupils in their school and drive this crucial cultural change. 

Schools who have attended the training have found that implementing the practices taught on the training has resulted in a reduction in fixed term and permanent exclusions, reduced the frequency of challenging behaviour and improved educational outcomes.

Delegates will gain a wealth of time and money saving effective ways of working with a child’s challenging behaviour and the mental health issues that block learning.

This course also provides a comprehensive overview of the 10-day course Diploma in Trauma and Mental Health Informed schools (practitioner status) enabling Senior Leads to fully support the TMHI practitioners they send on the Diploma course.  Many of these will then become the school’s Mental Health Lead.

The course aims therefore to positively impact on pupils, staff, and the whole school culture. The highly innovative relational, regulatory, and reflective skills are backed by over 1000 evidence-based studies in neuroscience and psychology. Each course is run by a psychologist, and senior educator.


  • Learn what trauma and mental health-informed schools do and how they can save time, money, improve behaviour and learning, lower exclusions and reduce staff absence.
  • Learn a wealth of interventions to support staff to ensure that they feel valued and nurtured thereby supporting positive mental health and improving staff retention.
  • Learn practical ways of supporting children/teenagers whose learning is interrupted by trauma or mental health problems and whose troubled behaviour may have become a barrier to learning for other pupils.
  • Learn key conversational skills to support children and teenagers with specific mental health issues.
  • Take away a wealth of ways of enabling children/teenagers to make the shift from expressing their painful life experience through challenging behaviour, to thinking about their trauma in conversation with trusted adults.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the models which underpin the Trauma-Informed Schools UK approach to embed key principles and skill sets within your setting.
  • Develop an understanding of the science of safety, social engagement and creating a psychological safe environment to promote learning.
  • Learn how to support yourself, improve your own well-being and become an effective stress regulator for others.
  • Feel more confident in distinguishing developmental trauma from possible diagnosis of ASD, ADHD and FAS and be able to challenge misdiagnosis.
  • Understand a child’s ACE scores (adverse childhood experiences), the significance of these and ways to address unmet relational needs.
  • Learn about the common trajectory from unprocessed traumatic grief to violence and often exclusion. Gain ways to support staff to interrupt this trajectory.
  • Develop a better understanding of the skills adults need when children ‘need to tell’. Ensure that key school staff are ‘ready to listen’ effectively and with confidence.



2 consecutive days, live online or in person sessions. Online sessions are live and interactive, so delegates are required to have a camera and microphone on their device and delegates are expected to have their cameras on for the duration of the training. The delivery of content is intensive, and 100% attendance is expected

The maximum capacity for the course is 50 delegates.


Delegates must be in a senior leadership position in their organisation. 


A CPD certificate of attendance can be supplied on request. 


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