Minds Ahead CIC

Minds Ahead CIC

At a glance

Causes

  • Mental health

Other details

Organisation type: 
Social enterprise
Geographical remit: 
International

Objectives

We are a social enterprise. We provide a practical solution to support the mental health needs of pupils, staff and parents, tailored to each school and college’s unique needs. 

We change pupils’ mental health for the better by providing the only postgraduate, specialist qualifications to school leaders, teachers and staff. We also train and offer bespoke consultancy services across the education sector. 

We have established, with Leeds Beckett University, the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools and developed the Schools’ Mental Health Quality Mark.

Staff members taking our qualifications develop frameworks and strategies that draw on the latest academic research from around the globe but are tailored to their particular setting’s unique needs. They develop the confidence and skills to effectively support mental health needs of pupils, staff and parents in their school community which they practice alongside studying. The benefits to the whole school community are felt immediately. 

Activities

Our work is exclusively focused on improving the mental health of the educational community. 

We offer a Masters award to school leaders and a Mental Health Specialist Postgraduate Diploma or full MA to colleagues who support pastoral care. These qualifications are studied online while working so that the knowledge and skills learnt are applied immediately within their setting and tailored to that establishment’s needs. Our partnership with Leeds Beckett University, via the Carnegie School of Education, ensures all leaders and staff are taught by specialist education academics, well-versed in the latest research and thinking.

We provide mental health training in schools and colleges, help local authorities and charities develop mental health strategies. Our qualifications complement the support that is available in local areas. School and college leaders and staff will be empowered to support the mental health needs of the whole school community including developing knowledge of other local mental health services and clinicians.

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