Job opportunity

School Mental Health Specialist – Project Lead (Part-Time)

Minds Ahead is an innovative start up 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, just two years ago:


  • 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 600 schools to evaluate and improve their practice
  • Designed and deliver the worlds first Master’s in School Leadership of Mental Health
  • Designed and delivered innovative mental health training programmes to over 1,300 colleagues
  • Chaired and spoke at multiple national mental health in schools’ conferences
  • Recognised by Social Enterprise UK as ‘One to Watch’

We relentlessly focus on the needs and realities of schools. We know that schools, governors, school leaders, 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.

The School Mental Health Specialist is a new, masters’ level school employed mental health role which will start in September 2021. Following extensive research and the support by UnLTD we are able to fund a part-time Project Lead to ensure the next phase of development. We have primary, secondary, PRU and special schools signed up to this new programme.

As the Project Lead, 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.

You will build partnerships, communicate effectively and able to market this new programme to senior leaders from all types schools and colleges.  You will be a team player, able to work with senior leaders from schools, mental health specialists and other experts to achieve outcomes.

You will be an expert designer of professional learning programmes: able to draw on a range of information to design highly effective professional learning programmes. You will work closely with the CEO and Learning and Development Manager of Minds Ahead as well as our accrediting university partner and the range of schools which have signed up to the first cohort of the new programme.

We want the right person. If that is you, we want to discuss how we can work together to start the position ASAP. 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:

If this is you, please email: with a cover letter outlining your ability to meet this specification. Please detail your salary expectations along with what time you have for this part-time role (e.g. how many days). Applications will close once we have the right person!