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Senior mental health leads: Tips for those new to the role

The role of senior mental health lead is one of the most important in our schools. Andrew Chadwick offers some top tips for those new to the role to help them hit the ground running
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The senior mental health lead role is challenging, and it feels like there is never enough time in the day to do it justice. However, the role is fundamental to the positive wellbeing of pupils and staff in school.

In education, we are all taught about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and it is worth reflecting on just how important things beyond physiological requirements, such as a feeling of belonging and wellbeing, truly are.

Every child deserves to have this at school. However, it takes someone who can lead whole-school change and influence every layer of the school community to begin meeting these needs.

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