New research explores how new teachers can feel more confident in supporting pupils emotionally

photo: Davy Jones via NatCen

It is well known that a happy child is more likely to become a happy adult. As Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for education, recently wrote in the Telegraph, ‘half of all children who suffer from a mental health problem will go on to suffer from similar problems when they reach adulthood’. Teachers can be instrumental in changing this, but they need the skills and confidence to do so.

That is what an important new research project commissioned by Place2Be is exploring; how newly qualified teachers can feel confident in supporting pupils’ emotional and mental wellbeing.

Independent researchers from NatCen Social Research need to hear from new teachers to find out what helps them to support children through tough times, and what gives them confidence in managing classroom behaviour.

The research will help to inform and improve Place2Be’s Talented Teachers training programme, which is currently being trialled in across London. The programme is specifically designed for new teachers and provides ongoing support in the form of a consultancy service, Place2Think.

Newly qualified teachers that choose to take part in this short study will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher and a CPD package for their school worth £1,500.