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Place2Be earns Learning Award from The General Teaching Council Scotland


The Learning Award celebrates organisations that support and promote teacher professional learning, and is granted for a three year period. 

The General Teaching Council Scotland (GTCS) award identifies organisations which aim through their work: "to develop and enhance teachers' knowledge, expertise and skill; develop their professionalism, and to impact positively on learning experiences and outcomes of children and young people" (GTCS Professional Learning Model 2017).

It requires teachers' learning to be:

  • Purposeful and focused on outcomes and impact
  • Aligned to the needs of the children and young people and their context
  • Sustained and high quality
  • Flexible and diverse
  • Relevant and meaningful for the individual
  • Develop knowledge and expertise, enhance practices, build on strengths and pursue interests

Ellen Doherty, Director of Education, Registration and Professional Learning said,

“The General Teaching Council Scotland having awarded the Place2Be programme Professional Recognition is delighted to support the work undertaken by Place2Be in schools. It is really apparent the difference their work on mental health and well-being makes to the lives of young people and their families. Nurturing and caring is at the heart of what they do. We all need to be alert to the need for emotional well-being be that as a pupil, a parent or a teacher and we need to work together to achieve this. The work of Place2Be offers a safe space to explore and address this challenging issue.”

Place2Be's National Manager for Scotland Jonathan Wood added,

“We’re thrilled to receive this Learning Award from the General Teaching Council Scotland. While teachers should not be expected to become mental health professionals, they have a crucial role to play in promoting positive mental health for pupils and identifying problems as they arise. Place2Be has developed comprehensive training and consultation programmes that help school leaders and teachers to create ‘mentally healthy’ school communities. It’s fantastic that the quality of this training has been recognised by the GTCS.”

If you are interested in participating in one of Place2Be's Mental Health Champions programmes in Scotland, please contact the team on

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