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.
In addition to working with Stirling, Place2Be will embed a specialist clinician into the University of Edinburgh’s Moray House School of Education.
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.
“We are not expecting teachers to become mental health experts but, by equipping them with the necessary skills and understanding, we can ensure more children and young people get the support they need, when they need it most.”
Place2Be has been working in Scotland since 2001, and provides support in 39 schools across Glasgow, Edinburgh, North Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, reaching a school population of more than 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.