Minds Ahead

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Learning and Development Specialist

2 days per week – can be split / flexi-work (£32k FTE – actual salary £12,800)

Minds Ahead is an innovative social enterprise strengthening 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 three 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 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 1,600 colleagues

• Chaired and spoke at multiple national mental health in schools’ conferences

• Recognised by Social Enterprise UK as ‘One to Watch’, along with other awards


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. 

Owing to growth of the organisation and our programmes we are expanding the team. We are actively seeking diversity. Make contact, we want to know about your range of experiences. . 

The Learning and Development Specialist will work on a range of our programmes. This includes the School Mental Health Specialist Post-graduate Diploma, a new masters’ level programme for school employed mental health practitioners, which will start in September 2021. As well as our existing Masters Programme for the School Leadership of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Both programmes are the first of their kind. We need colleagues interested in generating new, relevant and effective support for schools.  

You could join our team to support the next phase of programme development. We are looking for colleagues with a passion for driving innovation within education, committed to quality and evidence-based solutions that tackle the mental health challenges. You will have an understanding of early identification of mental health needs and how to involve parents, carers and other students in educational settings to support mental health. You will be interested in applying global perspectives, supporting our schools to learn from global best practice. You will be willing to work with all phases of education, but will strengthen our existing team by having expertise in early years and primary.  Additionally, you will have experience of adult facilitation.

You will have a track record of challenging the discriminatory barriers which exist for those seeking mental health support, including ethnicity, poverty, gender and sexuality. You will have experience of designing and teaching professional learning programmes. As a team player, you will work with senior leaders from schools, mental health specialists and other experts to achieve outcomes.   

We work nationally and you can work from anywhere in the UK. We are not tied to an office. 

We want the right person, not the usual fit. If any of this sounds interesting, we want to discuss how we can work together to start the position as soon as possible. 

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: www.mindsahead.org.uk 

If this is you, please email info@mindsahead.org.uk with a cover letter outlining your ability to meet this specification and your CV.  Applications will close on the 22nd January or earlier if we have a high response level.

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