Are you a mental health lead who wants the skills, confidence and support you need to lead a whole school approach and make a real difference to the wellbeing of staff and pupils?

The Connect Senior Lead Training

DfE Approved
  1. An introductory webinar - meet us and connect with your support network in a live online session.
  2. 10 x 30 minute training videos - all on our easy to access online platform, so that you can work through the units at your convenience and embed new knowledge into the day to day practice in your school.
  3. 2 x 30 minute 1:1 strategy coaching sessions - the programme includes up to two coaching calls to help you implement your learning and lead long term, strategic change to improve the mental health provision in your school.

    We also include a complimentary membership for the term that your training takes place in, which allows up to 10 members of staff from your school to access half termly training and networking sessions and receive a resource pack to support mental health and wellbeing.

Book now for £595

Audit Your Provision

Know where you're starting from to track where you're going.


In order to assess your starting point or evaluate your impact, you can choose to have an audit either at the beginning of the course, or at the end.

Our Four Wing Audit will  evaluate your current mental health provision in each of the 8 key principles outlined by the DfE for promoting the mental health of children and young people and provide you with a comprehensive report.

If you opt to have an audit we will also include a bonus to help you bring the whole community with you as you develop your whole school approach: a suite of ten minute training videos for both staff and parents, allowing you to disseminate the key information from the training in a bitesize format, either in staff training sessions, parent information sessions, or as a resource for your website.

Upgrade to include an audit for £825

The DfE are offering grants so that schools can access training for their Mental Health Leads from approved providers.


As one of these quality assured providers, we can offer fully funded places on our programme, which provides 7 hours of training for the Senior Mental Health Lead, along with additional support for the whole team (up to 10 members of staff in total). 


Our programme increases the confidence and expertise of senior mental health leads enabling them to create a cohesive and effective team which supports strategic change.


As a result, staff and students are mentally healthier and feel supported, leading to improved attendance, behaviour and progress.  



The details:

Learning level: Intermediate

Course code: (needed to demonstrate you are booking with an approved provider) SMHL085

Suitable for: Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Colleges (Sixth Form and Further Education), Middle deemed Primary, Middle deemed Secondary, Special School, Alternative Provision


You'll have access to all online units and resources for half a term, and we'll be on hand to support you every step of the way.

I'm not ready to book yet, but I'd like to register my interest

Our programme equips leaders with what they need to embed mental health policy and practice in a way that is impactful and sustainable.


Our 35+ years of experience has enabled us to design a programme that offers mental health leads a blueprint for the effective creation of a progressive mental health culture.


The online units can be rewatched as many times as you need, meaning that learning can be embedded and applied. Leads are supported in designing solutions for persistent challenges around mental health, to identify and address gaps in provision, and to create a positive culture.

Our Flying Start webinar  introduces you to the programme and Claire & Rachael are on-hand to answer any questions and provide support. 

Our 5 core units are divided into 10 x 30 minute videos for you to access at your convenience. They cover:

Leadership and management; Staff development; Creating an ethos and environment; Identifying needs and monitoring impact of interventions; Targeted support and appropriate referrals.

You can book up to 2 x 1:1 strategy coaching sessions (30 minutes each) where you're provided with a safe space to discuss your approach to the role, your goals and explore possible actions to implement your strategic vision. 

For the whole mental health team - regular updates, training & networking, team workshops and support packs. 

1 hour optional training and networking sessions available.

Through the complimentary Connect membership included with your programme, additional support and resources are available for the mental health lead and up to nine other staff to consolidate learning and support the implementation of long-term plans through additional training, resources and collaboration with a network of likeminded professionals.

Getting Support That Makes a Difference...

We know staff are busy and don't have time to navigate hundreds of resources regularly. That's why what we offer is streamlined, impactful and designed to make a difference in a way that doesn't feel overwhelming.

Do you recognise yourself in any of these scenarios?

  • You're a newly appointed Senior Mental Health Lead who knows that wellbeing and learning go hand-in-hand, but working out how to piece them together seems overwhelming. You'd love some real life examples and practical advice.
  • As a Mental Health Lead, you have a team around you who want more help with supporting mental health and wellbeing . You'd love some regular professional advice for them all without it costing an arm and a leg.
  • You have lots of experience with young people, but in a responsible role as Mental Health Lead and with changing times you want to discuss ideas in a safe space
  • You know that you can never know everything, but you love learning and welcome any chance to increase your knowledge and insight so you can make strategic changes with confidence in your context. 
  • You're passionate about wellbeing for all and have a lot to offer other colleagues and settings. You'd love to be part of a nationwide network of likeminded people to share ideas.

You (and the young people in your life) would benefit from having Claire and Rachael in your corner. 


If any of the above rings true, you'll be pleasantly surprised to see that all of these amazing benefits are jam-packed into our training programme for Senior Mental Health Leads and the accompanying membership for the whole mental health team.   

Find out more about Dragonfly Impact
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Meet Rachael & Claire

We're the founders of Dragonfly: Impact Education.

Our mission: To give leaders the expertise to build schools where good mental health is the foundation for all success. 

For us, ensuring a positive mental health culture in schools is a Four Wing thing.

Just as a dragonfly needs four wings to have the manoeuvrability to adapt and respond to its environment, school cultures need four elements in place to ensure all members of the community can benefit from good mental health, resilience and the capacity to respond to the challenges we all face.

𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴: for pupils to be well, the adults around them need to be well!

𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗿 & 𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲: having clear values, prioritising mental health and wellbeing and creating psychological safety establishes a culture where good mental health can flourish.

𝗦𝗮𝗳𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀: we all need to feel safe – physically, emotionally and psychologically – and we all need to have our needs met. These are the foundations for mental health.

𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀: school staff need to know how to support the good mental health of all their pupils, spot the signs of mental ill-health and have a clear system to follow when they have a concern.

That’s why our Four Wing thing underpins all of our training. Because above all, minds matter.

Book/Request Invoice £595

What people have said about working with us - 


"Thanks again for the course - hands down best CPD I've ever done!"
Noel Chambers – Hebburn Comprehensive School, Tyne and Wear


"I really enjoyed working with Rachael and Claire.  Even though the course was remotely delivered they both were approachable, warm and easy to talk to."
Kathryn Jobling - Lobley Hill Primary School, Tyne and Wear


"Claire and Rachael were both incredibly sensitive, flexible, supportive and knowledgeable. Both were so engaging throughout and they really couldn't offer more for their learners. The online platform was very useful! This gave more flexibility and opportunity for catch ups when needed. An excellent idea if you have missed out on anything or need to look again."
Sophie Howarth – Blyth School, Nottingham
Read more testimonials here

HALF-TERM TRAINING programme: all the same great content, different time frame. If you wish to book, please click here.

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