Schools ‘Struggling’ To Provide Mental Health Support For Pupils

Prioritising mental health for pupils in schools across the UK may well be a top priority for teachers and those in the education sector, but it appears that it’s proving to be easier said than done at the moment.

A new report from charity Place2Be has found that 45 per cent of school leaders are finding it difficult to bring in health support for children in their care, with 44 per cent admitting that one of the key barriers right now is knowing what kind of support is required for students.

Chief executive of the charity Catherine Roche explained that schools are already under huge amounts of pressure to ensure children make academic progress and it shouldn’t be expected that they must also act as mental health experts as well.

“Our evidence and experience shows that embedding skilled mental health professionals in schools, as part of a whole school approach, can have an enormously positive impact for pupils, families and staff,” she said, calling on the government to ensure that schools can access dedicated funding, training and support so they can commission and evaluate these kinds of services properly.

In the 2015/2016 academic year, the charity helped to support nearly 5,000 children and young people in more than 76,000 one-on-one counselling sessions. The impact of this certainly appears to be being felt, with 62 per cent of teachers saying that classroom learning improved after these sessions. And 65 per cent of students were less of a burden on teachers or their class as a result as well.

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Schools ‘Struggling’ To Provide Mental Health Support For Pupils