Men­tal health sup­port for school staff

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

School staff will be of­fered new sup­port as part of a £1.5 mil­lion fund­ing pack­age to help man­age ad­di­tional pres­sures from the pan­demic, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced.

Barnardo’s Scot­land and men­tal health char­ity Place2Be will of­fer the men­tal health sup­port ser­vices which are ex­pected to be avail­able af­ter the Oc­to­ber break.

John Swin­ney MSP, the ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary, said sup­port­ing the health and well­be­ing of teach­ers and other staff was of para­mount im­por­tance.

He said: ‘This was true be­fore Covid-19, but it is of cru­cial im­por­tance as school staff sup­port our chil­dren and young peo­ple to re­cover from the pan­demic.

‘This ad­di­tional pack­age of mea­sures will com­ple­ment the ex­cel­lent prac­tice which is al­ready tak­ing place to sup­port the well­be­ing of staff in schools across Scot­land.’

Ken Muir, chief ex­ec­u­tive, of the Gen­eral Teach­ing Coun­cil for Scot­land, said: ‘GTC Scot­land is pleased to de­liver this im­por­tant sup­port to hard-work­ing teach­ers in col­lab­o­ra­tion with our part­ners in ed­u­ca­tion.

‘GTC Scot­land has in­vested heav­ily in sup­port­ing the men­tal health and well­be­ing of ed­u­ca­tion pro­fes­sion­als and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to do so.’

Gil­lian Hamil­ton, strate­gic direc­tor at Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land, said: ‘En­sur­ing school staff feel well sup­ported, par­tic­u­larly at this time, is es­sen­tial.

‘This new sup­port pack­age, de­signed col­lab­o­ra­tively with part­ners in the Ed­u­ca­tion Re­cov­ery Group, pro­vides di­rect ac­cess to a range of fo­cused sup­ports in­clud­ing coach­ing, re­flec­tive su­per­vi­sion and op­por­tu­ni­ties for school staff to learn to­gether through the chal­lenges pre­sented by Covid-19.’

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