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Place2Be partners with University of Edinburgh and University of Stirling on Teacher Education Pilot

28/08/2018

Place2Be is partnering with The University of Edinburgh and The University of Stirling to ensure that future generations of teachers in Scotland are equipped with the skills and understanding to support children’s mental health.

The two-year pilot programme, starting in September 2018, will embed specialist Place2Be clinicians into Moray House School of Education (The University of Edinburgh) and the Learning and Teaching department at The University of Stirling with the aim of bringing mental health expertise to both students and staff within the schools.

The announcement follows recent research conducted by SAMH*, which revealed that 63% of teachers in Scotland don’t feel they received sufficient training in mental health to allow them to carry out their role properly, and only one in 100 respondents recalled doing detailed work on mental health when they were student teachers.

Place2Be has been working in Scotland since 2001, and is now providing support in 39 schools across Glasgow, Edinburgh, North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire reaching a school population of over 9,500 pupils and their families. The charity has also provided its Mental Health Champions training and consultation programme to 49 schools in South Ayrshire and Glasgow.

Jonathan Wood, National Manager for Scotland at Place2Be said:
“We’re delighted to be working with both The University of Edinburgh and The University of Stirling on this innovative partnership. Our experience of working in schools over many years has taught us that teachers are generally passionate about supporting their pupils, but sometimes lack the knowledge and confidence to know how best to help. Of course, we’re not expecting teachers to become mental health experts, but by equipping them with the necessary skills and understanding, we can ensure that more children and young people get the support they need, when they need it most.”

Professor Rowena Arshad OBE, Head of Moray House School of Education commented:
“The Moray House School of Education and Sport (The University of Edinburgh) believe that to enable our individual and collective wellbeing, our relationships with each other come before learning. We believe that as an embedded partner/consultant Place2Be will provide our student teachers and our staff with an on-site resource to centre issues of wellbeing and emotional literacy within our practice. This we hope will impact on our approach and work in the wider education sector.” 

Dr John l’Anson, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling added:
“The proposed project with Place2Be will make a significant contribution to the strategic development of Initial Teacher Education here at Stirling, enhancing the ethos and scope of our programme in the years to come.”

*’Going to be... well trained’: SAMH survey on school staff training in mental health

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