Oasis Academy Skinner Street works with Place2Be, a children's mental health charity that helps pupils explore their emotions and feel better about themselves.
Children can go to the Place2Be room in school to express themselves by making art, playing or talking.
Why is Place2Be useful?
Sometimes children can feel particularly sad, confused, scared or angry.
Maybe something difficult happened at home, like losing a family member or parents separating. Or perhaps they’re struggling with something at school, like bullying.
This can make them behave differently, lose confidence in themselves or find it difficult to concentrate in class.
Place2Be is there to help children find ways to cope, so their worries don’t get in the way of their friendships, their learning or how they feel about themselves.
What does Place2Be do?
Place2Be’s professionals work with children one-to-one or in small groups, giving regular support for pupils who need it.
Children can also book a short appointment to talk about any problems or worries they have – this is called Place2Talk.
How does Place2Be work with adults?
Place2Be provides support and advice for parents and carers, as well as teachers and school staff. Get in touch with the Place2Be staff member below to find out more.
Place2Be always gets agreement from parents or carers before they support a child through one-to-one counselling. They also meet with parents or carers regularly to keep them updated and make sure they are involved from the start.
Manager for Place2Be.
Sarah-Jayne is in school every WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY and you can either arrange to meet her at the school or get in touch by email at: Sarah-Jayne.Morton@place2be.org.uk or by calling school on 01634 850213.
If you want to find out more about Place2Be visit place2be.org.uk
Place to Talk
One of the most popular aspects of Place2Be’s support in schools is called ‘Place2Talk’. It’s open to all pupils, and they can make an appointment to spend 15 minutes with Sarah, the Place2be’s MHP. They can come either by themselves or with a friend. On average, about a third of pupils in Place2Be’s schools take advantage of this service every year. Pupils often talk about friendships or any worries they may have. Together the Children and the MHP, work together to find a suitable solution. Through this service the children can deal with their worries as they occur and can talk it through, stopping it becoming an ongoing worry and allowing them to get on with enjoying school and friendships.