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DfE Wellbeing for Education Return training and resources support education staff to promote children and young people, teachers and parents and carers’ mental wellbeing and resilience and aid mental health recovery, in light of the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown.

Wellbeing for Education Return training is  aimed at those education settings for children and young people aged 5-19, including academies, special schools, pupil referral units and alternative provision


The training is free of charge and includes:

  • a new, nationally developed training package developed for education staff
  • funding for Local Authorities to appoint local experts to deliver the training into schools and Further Education (FE) providers during the 2020 autumn term, tailor it to the local context, and to provide ongoing advice and support until March 2021.

Our aim is to help as many schools and FE providers as possible to provide wellbeing support for children and young people, preventing as many as possible from developing mental health difficulties and ensuring those with pre-existing or emerging difficulties access the right support.

It is funded by the Department for Education and Department for Health and Social Care and developed and delivered in close collaboration with Health Education England, Public Health England, and NHS England and Improvement.

The Wellbeing for Education Return training has been developed by the e-learning platform MindEd, working closely with the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families (AFC), who will deliver the training for local experts. Wellbeing for Education Return has been developed with input from and expert advisory group and wider network of mental health and education experts, advisers and providers such as headteachers, teachers, educational and clinical developmental psychologists and the voluntary sector.

Full details can be found here


  1. The training will be rolled out in Bradford via the Mental Health Champions Network, starting w/c12 October 2020.
  2. School based MH Champions will be expected to cascade the training to their settings over the Autumn Term.

If your school school is not yet registered with the Mental Health Champions project, please email to request to be put on the membership list. Participating schools are expected to put in place a nominated 'Mental Health Champion' and agree to release them once per half term to attend training and support events. 


Published: 10/09/2020
Audience: Head Teachers / Pastoral Lead / Sencos / Mental Health Leads
Contact: Ruth Dennis

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