Secondary schools

Transition to secondary school can be challenging for some young people, while others may struggle to cope with specific life events or experience increased stress and anxiety during adolescence.

School-based counselling and mental health services

Place2Be's work in secondary schools helps young people to achieve their full potential and deal positively with the difficulties they face. We provide both universal and targeted services for young people in schools, alongside support for parents and consultation and advice for school staff.

Place2Be: what Head Teachers say


Services for young people

We work in secondary schools across the UK, with a focus on supporting young people aged 11-14 years old.

  • One-to-one counselling and shorter term solution focused sessions
  • Place2Talk, a daily self-referral service run in break times
  • Themed work with small groups (for example exam stress, self-harm) and supporting in-class topics


 Services for staff

  • Consultation service for teachers: both timetabled supervisions with key pastoral and SEND staff and ad hoc consultations with all staff
  • Support and advice on Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Inset and CPD training for school staff
  • Partnership working with statutory agencies including CAMHS, voluntary sector partners and community groups


Read about what our Head Teacher's have to say about our work.

Services for parents and carers

  • Up to 5 partnership sessions for parents and carers of young people receiving one-to-one counselling
  • One-to-one counselling for parents and carers


Why work with Place2Be?

Student's stories

Read how Place2Be has helped young people in Key Stage 3 (S1 - S3 in Scotland) overcome their difficulties.


Evaluating our work

The outcomes of our work show a demonstrable change in:

  • Emotional wellbeing - (measured using Goodman's Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire - SDQ)
  • Attendance, pupil behaviour and disruptions in class
  • Attitudes to learning and academic performance

Find out more about the positive impact we have on classroom learning and young people's mental health.

Download our Schools Brochure for further information.

Contact Us

Please contact our School Partnerships Manager by completing our enquiries form to see how Place2Be could support your school.

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