Mental Health Champions Plus

Mental Health Champions Plus



What is MHC+, and who is it for?

MHC+ is a programme of support for Mental Health Champions in any educational setting across the district (0-25yrs, including independent schools / academies / specialist settings / mainstreams) who want to:

  • increase their skills and knowledge around mental health and emotional well-being
  • keep up to date with new interventions, approaches and understanding
  • network with Champions in other settings

It is the natural “next step” for Champions who are already engaged at Core level - we are delighted that so many schools have joined us already!

MHC+ also supports the Chartermark and DfE Senior Mental Health Lead training programmes, which are now well-established in Bradford. Although Champions may not be directly involved in these programmes themselves, the support they receive via MHC+ will in turn enhance the support they can provide in their setting, which can help the school to demonstrate that they are investing in their whole-school MHEWB provision.

Changes for 2023-24: In previous years, MHC+ Champions completed an audit of the MHEWB provision available in their school and worked with a member of the MHC+ team to develop an “action plan” based on the findings. As the Chartermark and DfE programmes are now well-established and also follow a similar pattern, we have now removed this requirement from MHC+.

Instead, the MHC+ offer from September 2023 will be:



Dates for 2023-23

Training sessions in a range of topics

  • Led by a member of the Educational Psychology Team
  • Half-termly 2hr interactive training sessions, delivered via Teams unless otherwise specified
  • Optional




It is hoped that we will gradually develop a “rolling programme” of topics that can then be revisited over a three-year period. This will give Champions the opportunity to refresh and update their knowledge over time and will provide a broad curriculum for newer Champions.


Previous topics have included:

     - Selective mutism

     - Resilience

     - Meeting the emotional and mental health needs of children who have additional needs

     - Effecting whole-school change

     - Emotional Based School Avoidance (EBSA)

     - Young people's use of social media


PLEASE NOTE: As of Spring 2, we will deliver all sessions virtually rather than offer one live session each half term



Am sessions: 9.30-11.30                                   

Pm sessions: 1.00-3.00

All sessions are held on Teams unless otherwise speficied, and each topic is repeated three time each half term. Please book onto the one that suits you via Skills4Bradford

Autumn 1 - Understanding and meeting the emotional needs of CYP in difficult family situations:

Tues 17th Oct (am)

Tues 17th Oct (pm)

Weds 18th Oct (pm)

Autumn 2 - The importance of play for children's mental health and wellbeing

Tues 5th Dec (am)

Tues 5th Dec (pm)

Thurs 7th Dec (pm) - Braine Room MMT

Spring 1 - Supporting the development of children's emotional literacy 

Tues 30th Jan (am)

Weds 31st Jan (am)

Thurs 1st Feb (pm) - Bronte Room MMT

Spring 2 - Understanding the impact of trauma on child development

Tues 12th March (am)

Weds 13th March (pm)

Thurs 14th March (pm) 

Summer 1 Supporting children with transitions

Weds 22nd May (am)

Weds 22nd May (pm)

Thurs 23rd May (pm) 

Summer 2 Human Givens

Please note the change of dates for these sessions (originally planned for w/c 1st July), now: 

Mon 8th July (am)

Tues 9th July (am)

Thurs 11th July (am)

Peer supervision

  • Facilitated by a member of the Educational Psychology Team
  • 5x sessions through the year (2x 1hr slots available each time, Champions sign up to one or both slots)
  • Virtual, via Teams
  • Optional




We recognise that Champions are a very diverse group and bring a wide range of skills and experiences to the role. They often welcome the opportunity to share and problem-solve their experiences with colleagues in different settings, picking up new ideas and having time to stop and think about their role. A member of the EPT will provide some structure but it is hoped that attendees will take ownership over the session, actively contributing and engaging with their colleagues.


(Please note that these sessions are for discussing issues relevant to the Champion role, rather than issues relating to specific children)


Please book one session each time, via Skills4Bradford

Weds 15th Nov (pm, 1-1.50 and 2-2.50)

Tues 6th Feb (pm, 1-1.50 and 2-2.50)

Weds 20th March (pm, 1-1.50 and 2-2.50)

Mon 20th May (pm, 1-1.50 and 2-2.50)

Mon 8th July (pm, 1-1.50 and 2-2.50)

Healthy Minds intervention training

  • Presented by a member of the Educational Psychology Team
  • Virtual, pre-recorded videos (via YouTube link)
  • Available on request and accessible at any time




As in previous years, MHC+ Champions have access to a bank of pre-recorded training videos on a number of different MHEWB interventions and approaches that can be applied at a whole-school level. To date this includes:

  • Zones of Regulation
  • Emotion Coaching
  • Mindfulness
  • Restorative Practice
  • Cognitive-Based Therapy approaches
  • Academic Resilience
  • Social Stories and Comic Strip Conversations
  • Starving the Anxiety Gremlin
  • Lego-Based Interventions

We are also planning to add further topics to this offer through the year.


These interventions work best when rolled out across a whole setting (they therefore link well to the Chartermark and DfE Senior Mental Health Leads training programmes). With this in mind, Champions would be expected to disseminate this information to colleagues across school. The videos give ideas and support around this.




Access available on request


Wanting to find out more, or to register for MHC+?

Please email 

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