Place2Be at Moray House
Moray House and Place2Be have partnered up to support our student teachers to create mentally healthy classrooms.
What are Place2Be and Place2Think?
All student teachers at Moray House access mental health expertise through our partnership with Place2Be, a children’s mental health charity. This is provided by a clinician from Place2Be, who is embedded in our School to support the mental wellbeing and resilience of student teachers, ultimately benefitting the children and young people they will work with.
All student teachers at Moray House can engage regularly with Place2Think. These are one-to-one sessions with our embedded clinician in a unique therapeutic space, where they can reflect on their practice, their students, their own mental health and wellbeing, and receive support. This allows students to build their skills as a teacher and build their own emotional resilience, preparing them for a career in the classroom.
In addition to Place2Think, all students attend Place2Be sessions where they gain a stronger theoretical understanding of mental health and wellbeing, and how they can support it in themselves and in their classrooms.
How do Moray House students benefit from the partnership?
Through engagement with Place2Be our students have an increased understanding of their own mental health and wellbeing. They have a greater sense of agency, and a way to understand the impact of their new profession on their sense of identity. They can truly reflect on how their own emotions or experiences may impact a given situation and learn how to manage them.
Ultimately, this leads to teachers who have greater emotional regulation, better self-awareness and increased resilience. They will be able to create classrooms in which children feel safe, emotionally secure, and understood by their teacher.
Place2Think provided me with the opportunity as a student teacher to take a step back, speak about my experiences and receive guidance from a mental health clinician on how to support my learners but also how to look after myself.
Place2Think has offered me a safe space to process, gaining the skills to be able to understand ‘me’ and therefore children, and to thrive rather than survive in this profession. I think every teacher should be able to access a space like this.
Digital Mental Health Champions Foundation Programme
Student teachers with a particular interest in this area will also be able to engage with a bespoke student teacher version of Place2Be’s Mental Health Champions Foundation Programme an online mental health training course designed to foster positive wellbeing in schools and communities.