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Children's Mental Health Week ReportOur report

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 childhood.

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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Key findings:

  • 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.

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Our report

New research into primary schools' support for pupils' mental health, in partnership with the National Association of Head Teachers

Our report

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