Our successes and achievements

Minds Ahead launched in 2017. Here are some of our successes and achievements in our first five years:

The deepening partnership with our founding partners at the Carnegie Centre of Excellence of Mental Health in Schools has enabled new and innovative research to be supported. This year we have launched new services and reached more schools as a result of this innovative partnership:

1,200+ schools & colleges are using the Mental Health in Schools Quality Award designed and developed by Minds Ahead

2,200+ teachers, support staff, educational leaders, governors have attended our programmes

Working in partnership with the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University, we have been successfully delivering postgraduate programmes for school and college staff. All our programmes have been approved by the Department for Education as senior mental health leads training courses to support a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.

60+ school and college leaders have attained their postgraduate status in educational mental health leadership. We are now in our fifth year of the Masters in School Leadership of Mental Health! In these blogs you will find a summary of some of their Master’s dissertations:

Research, validation and launch of the School Mental Health Specialist! We welcomed our first cohort of students in September 2021.

“It is clear that there is a need for first class mental health support in our schools. I am delighted that Minds Ahead are working on a new postgraduate programme which will bring school mental health expertise to our schools.”​
Nicky Morgan
Baroness Nicky Morgan
Former Secretary of State for Education

2 powerful patrons: former Health Minister Norman Lamb MP and former NHS England lead for Mental Health Dr. Geraldine Strathdee OBE agreed to be Patrons of Minds Ahead.

320 delegates attended our annual conferences with Leeds Beckett University

105+ days of workshops for school leaders working on mental health

8 international programmes and events for school leaders across the Middle East

4 design projects delivered for external customers: 

  • School Mental Award for Leeds Beckett University

  • Leading and Mentally Healthy school programme for the Teaching Schools Council

  • Mental Health Training for Tiney, an early years childcare service

  • Bloom, a new national programme that teachers can deliver to young people


3 Awards: 

One to watch Award
‘One to Watch’ Finalist by Social Enterprise UK

Recognised for impressive growth and potential future impact 

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UnLtd ‘grow it award’

To support growth into new areas

Minds Ahead Award Top25 2020 Covid19
Top 25 Trailblazer Newcomers’ Natwest Social Enterprise 

The Natwest SE100 Trailblazing Newcomers 2020

4 Sixth Form and FE College conferences attended where we have led mental health workshops 

4 Westminster Insight: chairing and speaking at major national debates on mental health in schools

1 selection onto the Enterprise Development Programme, which supports social enterprises to grow their income and impact


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1 seminal report on mental health in schools in partnership with The Centre for Education and Youth