One in five children will experience a mental health difficulty
at least once during their first 11 years, and many adults with
lifetime mental health issues can trace their symptoms back to
But to date, there has been a lack of data available on
school-based counselling in primary schools across England.
In the first survey of its kind, Place2Be and NAHT have
partnered to provide a clear view of the current support available
for pupils' mental health in primary schools.
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- Over a third (36%) of primary schools report that their pupils
currently have access to a school-based counsellor, compared to 64%
who do not.
- Nearly all of the primary schools who responded are engaging in
activities to support pupils' mental health including activities
such as working with parents, signposting to specialist services
and teaching lessons on mental health.
- Financial constraints (78%), and a lack of services or
qualified professionals locally (53%), are barriers to putting in
place mental health services for pupils.
- Of those that do have access to a school-based counsellor, 59%
are on-site for one day a week or less.