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Learning and Development Specialist

Part-Time – 2 days a week, plus required additional days during January, February and March 2022


Salary: 32k FTE, actual salary for 2 days: £12,800pa (+overtime in January, February and March)

Location: Anywhere in the UK

Start date: WC 10th January 2022 

We are also recruiting for several colleagues to join us on a fixed term basis. Find out more here. 

Minds Ahead is an innovative Social Enterprise improving mental health across the UK’s schools, by equipping schools with the knowledge, skills and networks to make sustainable improvements. Here’s our track record since inception, in 2017:

  • Co-founded the UK’s first university Centre for Mental Health in Schools
  • Research and designed a national mental health in schools’ quality award, now used by over 1200 schools to evaluate and improve their practice
  • Designed and deliver the world’s first Master’s in School Leadership of Mental Health
  • Designed and delivered innovative mental health training programmes to over 1,300 colleagues
  • Working with our partners, Leeds Beckett University, we are the national quality assurance lead for all DfE funded Senior Mental health Leadership programmes
  • Designed national mental health in schools training programmes now used across the UK
  • Chaired and spoke at multiple national mental health in schools’ conferences
  • Won several awards by Social Enterprise UK, UnLTD and SE100


We relentlessly focus on the needs and realities of schools. We know that schools and colleges, their governors, leadership, teachers and other colleagues are doing great work which improves the mental health of the next generation. We also know that schools need quality support, resources and training so that they can improve, learn from each other and develop this new approach. It is our mission to provide these. 

As a Learning & Development Specialist, you will have a passion for driving innovation within the education field, committed to quality and evidence-based solutions that tackle the mental health challenges faced by schools and colleges. You will play a key role in supporting the leadership development of senior mental health leads within a range of settings. You will deliver CPD courses, workshops, coaching, tailored support and masters level accredited courses in school leadership of mental health.   

As our programmes have an intensive review of school level policy and strategy. We are seeking colleagues able to review key school documentation with a focus on supporting the senior mental health lead to improve their whole school approach to mental health. You will then run review discussions with the senior lead via the phone or zoom.

We are seeking colleagues who can increase their work to work 3 or 4 days a week during January, February and March 2022, for which additional pay will be made at the daily rate. 

You will be delivering our existing and new programmes to senior leaders from all types of schools and colleges.  You will be a team player, able to work with and support senior leaders from schools, mental health specialists and other experts to achieve outcomes. 

You will be an experienced deliverer of professional learning programmes: able to draw on a range of information to deliver highly effective professional learning programmes. You will work closely with our team at Minds Ahead as well working with our colleagues at The Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, a partnership with Leeds Beckett University.  You will be delivering a range of programmes and supporting individuals in schools and colleges which have signed up to our short term programmes.  You will be good at managing different tasks, working with different people in an online setting, ensuring effective coverage of skills and high quality is maintained and ensuring effective business processes are maintained, including reporting, tracking, and communication with partners where appropriate

We want the right person. If that is you, we want to discuss how we can work together. We are a flexible employer, committed to good mental health, service excellence, family and challenging the status-quo. If the fit is right, we can make it work. Find out more: 

To apply, please email your CV and cover letter outlining your ability to meet this specification to [email protected]. Please detail whether you wish to be considered for the fixed term role, or permanent role.

Please note you can be based anywhere in the UK to join our team and interviews will take place virtually on the 13th December. Once we have found the person we are looking for, we stop looking and therefore encourage you to apply as soon as possible. 2