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Scottish Government funds Place2Be support for education professionals across Scotland

The Scottish Government has commissioned Place2Be to deliver a nationwide support service for school leaders, teachers and staff across Scotland. 

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This forms part of a £1.5m funding package of support, announced on 13 September, to help school staff across Scotland to manage the additional emotional pressures school communities are facing as a direct result of the pandemic.

Online support sessions, known as ‘Place2Think,’ provide a supportive forum for education professionals, promoting positive mental health in school communities. The sessions are facilitated by Place2Be clinicians experienced in school and community settings. The funding will enable over 350 members of school staff across Scotland to benefit from this resource, and the intention is that this will be available after the October break.

The funding will also allow Place2Be to deliver a series of mental health webinars  across the year, on topics such as recovery and self-care, and managing anxiety.

Place2Be has been providing child mental health support in Scotland since 2001 and currently reaches over 14,000 pupils across schools in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Dundee.

Place2Be also provides expert training programmes for school staff, and its Mental Health Champions - Foundation programme is currently available for free for up to 10% of Scottish teachers, thanks to generous funders.

As part of the official announcement, Education Secretary John Swinney said:

“Supporting the health and wellbeing of teachers and other staff is of paramount importance. This was true before COVID-19, but it is of crucial importance as school staff support our children and young people to recover from the pandemic. This additional package of measures will complement the excellent practice which is already taking place to support the wellbeing of staff in schools across Scotland.”

“Ensuring school staff feel well supported, particularly at this time, is essential. This new support package, designed collaboratively with partners in the Education Recovery Group, provides direct access to a range of focused supports including coaching, reflective supervision and opportunities for school staff to learn together through the challenges presented by COVID-19.” Gillian Hamilton, Strategic Director at Education Scotland

Jacqueline Cassidy, Director (Scotland) at Place2Be added:

“This funding will have a transformative impact on thousands of children and young people across Scotland, by ensuring that the teachers and school leaders who support them are confident and well-equipped in their roles. Teachers should not have to become mental health professionals, but we do know that they play a crucial role in supporting children through challenging times, so it’s vital that they are able to look after their own mental health in order to be ready to help the pupils who rely on them.”

Read the full announcement on the Scottish Government website.

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