What difference does Place2Be make in schools?

Place2Be is a national charity working in over 280 UK schools to improve the confidence and emotional well-being of students aged 4-18. Place2Be help young people develop resilience by supporting them therapeutically 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 Place2Be helps students

All students can find help with friendship issues and other daily worries by choosing to visit Place2Talk. These short sessions are open to individuals and to groups. Place2Be also works with students one-to-one and in small groups, offering regular timetabled support for those who will benefit most. The school SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) will often refer pupils for this service.

How Place2be helps families

Place2Be routinely meet with parents to discuss any concerns they may have about their children. Hackney New School also has A Place for Parents, offering adults counselling support for any issues they may have.

How Place2Be helps teachers and school staff

Through its Place2Think service, Place2Be also supports teachers and school staff members to think through the emotional needs of our students. School staff can consult Place2Be trained counsellors on specific issues and discuss solutions to creating better relationships with our students and promoting emotional health and wellbeing across the school.

How Place2Be works

Hackney New School has a dedicated Place2Be room where students can meet with a therapist 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 Some may become withdrawn; others may become demanding or challenging in their behaviour: that’s when having Place2Be in school is especially helpful.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.

Get in touch:

You are welcome to talk to our Place2Be School Project Manager either face-to-face or via telephone or email. At Hackney New School, our School Project Manager is Maura Hamer. Maura is in school Monday-Friday.


Telephone: 020 7617 7181 ext. 213.

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