“Riley has made amazing progress since attending Place2Be in Year 7. Then his attitude and behaviour were really challenging. Now he is a lovely young man who can surprise you with acts of kindness.” – Head of Year 10
“Without Place2Be’s support in Years 7 & 8 I might have chosen a different path as I used to hang out with a group who often refused to go to school. Since then I have changed friendship groups and I am much happier and more positive” – Year 11 student reflecting on the impact of his Place2Be support
What difference does Place2Be make in schools?
Place2Be is a national charity working in over 257 UK schools to improve the confidence and emotional wellbeing of pupils aged 4-14. We help young people develop resilience by supporting them when they are experiencing challenging life issues and helping them to develop self-confidence and lifelong coping skills. When they are supported in this way, they are able to learn more easily and that means less worry for parents.
How we help pupils
All pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 can find help with friendship issues and other daily worries by choosing to visit Place2Talk. These short lunch and break time sessions are open to individuals and to groups.
Place2Be also works with pupils one-to-one and in small groups, offering regular time-tabled support for those who will benefit most. The school SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and pastoral teams will often refer pupils for this service.
How we help families
We routinely meet with parents to discuss any concerns they may have about their children. Place2Be also run A Place for Parents, offering adults counselling support for any issues they may have.
How we help teachers and school staff
Through its Place2Think service, Place2Be also supports teachers and school staff members to think through the emotional needs of pupils. School staff can consult our trained counsellors on specific issues and discuss solutions to creating better relationships with their students and promoting emotional health and wellbeing across the school.
How Place2Be works
The school has a dedicated Place2Be room where students can meet with a counsellor and talk about the challenges they are experiencing. As well as offering therapeutic support through talking and creative work, counsellors help young people to develop lifelong coping skills, increasing their self-confidence and enhancing their wellbeing and resilience. This helps them to engage productively in their own learning and develop positive relationships.
Times when we’re especially useful
There are times when young people feel particularly sad, confused, anxious or angry, due to family issues at home, or relationships with peers (both in person and online), and pressures at school. Some may become withdrawn; others may become demanding or challenging in their behaviour: that’s when having Place2Be in school is especially helpful.
Who is eligible for Place2Be?
Any student requiring emotional support for any reason.
You are welcome to talk to your Place2Be School Project Manager; either face-to-face or via telephone or email. At St.Thomas of Aquin’s High School, our School Project Manager is Alexia Gaitanou who works on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You can contact them via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about Place2Be, please visit our website: www.place2be.org.uk