Student teachers at the Alliance for Learning SCITT to qualify in physical and mental health first aid

Student teachers embarking on their teacher training at the Alliance for Learning Teaching School (AFL) SCITT in September will benefit from the introduction of a new physical first aid programme. This means they will become trained in both mental health and physical first aid by the end of their first term.


AFL, the teaching school part of Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, has launched the physical first aid course alongside its Mental Health First Aid training, to provide a comprehensive package of skills to equip aspiring teachers with some of the most important skills they’ll need on the job.

Depending on their entry route and area of focus, students will be offered Level 3 in Paediatric First Aid for primary school (1 day), Level 3 Paediatric First Aid in Early Years (2 days) or Level 3 in Emergency First Aid at Work (1 day) for use in secondary schools. The qualification will be accredited by the Ofqual approved Training Qualifications UK (TQUK).

AFL already provides a variety of mental health first aid courses to individuals working in a variety of sectors including education.  The addition of the new qualification will see the school be able to offer the joint CPD programme to those working in the leisure, corporate and early years sectors for the first time.

Physical first aid and National Mental Health First Aid trainer at AFL Teaching School, Dawn Mitchell, comments: “Physical and mental health first aid are equally important and are completely intertwined.   Having the skills to recognise when someone needs help and knowing what to do to offer them support can make all the difference to someone’s life.  When it comes to mental health first aid, having a strategy of prevention, quick recognition and early intervention is crucial.”

Lisa Fathers, Director at Alliance For Learning Teaching School and national trainer for MHFA England explains: “Anyone working in an education setting plays a vital role in supporting a child’s wellbeing.  As physical and mental health qualifications aren’t essential for all teachers, not everyone feels confident to deal with some of the health-related matters that can crop up on a day-to-day basis, especially those who may be in the early stages of their teaching career.  Students choosing our SCITT route into the profession can be confident they will have these important skills early on and from a resource point of view, the schools they are working in will also see the benefits.”

AFL has already trained more than 4,000 people in mental health first aid and is one of the lead partners in the Greater Manchester Mentally Healthy Schools1 pilot project commissioned by Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

For more information on the courses see:

Mental health first aid:

Physical first aid:


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