Four students wearing backpacks and smiling while walking down a school hallway together.

Participation and pupil voice (DfE Senior Mental Health Leads)

Sorry, this course is currently unavailable

Unfortunately this course is fully booked. We add new dates to courses regularly, so please do check back soon.

In the meantime, take a look at some of the other courses we have available.

Find a course

For more information about upcoming courses and dates, or for any other queries, you can get in touch with our training team who'd be happy to help.

Contact the team

About this course

This interactive workshop supports attendees to create an action plan for participation within their school. Delivered in two parts, it combines an understanding of participation theory with an opportunity to share best practice and receive personalised feedback on the action plans developed.

Designed for Senior Mental Health Leads and accredited by the Department for Education, the course examines the link between pupil voice, resilience and positive social and emotional outcomes. It also explores ways to review current practice and strengthen the impact of pupil engagement across the whole school community.

Senior Mental Health Leads in schools are still eligible to have their place on the course funded entirely by the DfE.

The course is run in two parts:

Part 1: Understanding how to promote participation to improve outcomes.

Building the foundations for embedding pupil voice within your setting, we will explore the principles of good participation and the different areas of school life that can benefit from pupil voice activities. 

At the end of part 1, you will start drafting a pupil voice plan for your setting which can be submitted to the course facilitators before part 2.

Part 2: Implementing an inclusive and effective approach to pupil voice.

We will focus on the importance of hearing from a diverse range of voices and how to identify and remove barriers to achieve the best outcomes for the whole school community.

There will be space in this session to receive feedback on your plan so you can develop this further into something workable for your school.

“Thanks to Bella and Dave for leading a super couple of sessions, they were flexible in their approach and really got to know me and the School setting to be able to support specifically.”

About the funding:

If you would like to secure your place on our course or know a member of staff who would, please follow the three steps to ensure you access funding:

  1. First, read the guidance on the training and grant application process
  2. Then, complete the DfE grant funding form to access the funding. 
  3. You can then book your place on the course above. You will be asked for confirmation of your booking in order to claim your grant from the DfE. Further information can be found here.

If you have any enquiries about the course contact

Please note: YoungMinds is not liable for the reimbursement of any costs, should a DfE grant application not be successful.

"The trainers were friendly and supportive. The course materials were presented well, easy to navigate and apply within my setting. Although I had an idea of pupil voice and participation, this course outlined in greater detail how to apply to all pupils for an inclusive and holistic approach. Also, the trainers shared current and creative ways to obtain pupil feedback.”