The National Association of Headteachers found 31 per cent of schools are cutting therapeutic services in the coming year, with 67 per cent citing funding pressures

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Duchess of Cambridge’s school advice charity warns against funding cuts

A Mental health charity with the Duchess of Cambridge as royal patron has warned that cuts may jeopardise its work in primary and secondary schools.

Place2Be, which provides therapy for bullying, bereavement and family problems, has called on the Government to continue funding educational mental health services.

Kate said the counselling service that Place2Be provide is transformational Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Kate said the counselling service that Place2Be provide is transformational Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

The National Association of Headteachers found 31 per cent of schools are cutting therapeutic services in the coming year, with 67 per cent citing funding pressures.

It comes as Chris Field, headteacher of Selly Oak Trust School in Birmingham, said he was shortening the school day by half an hour as the national funding formula has imposed £3billion “savings” by 2020.

Catherine Roche of Place2Be, which works with 282 UK schools, said: “Some schools we work with have described the financial situation as a ‘perfect storm’. It is a day-to-day struggle and head teachers are having to make difficult decisions about spending.

Place2Be, with the Duchess of Cambridge as a Royal Patron, has warned of funding cuts Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Place2Be, with the Duchess of Cambridge as a Royal Patron, has warned of funding cuts Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

“We are working with all our partner schools to find flexible and creative solutions to support them and their pupils, alongside our corporate and voluntary partners. Health and education departments must work together to ensure investment in early intervention and prevention is not solely schools’ responsibility.”

Place2Be is a self-referral service with costs split between the charity and the school.

We are working with all our partner schools to find flexible and creative solutions to support them and their pupils
Catherine Roche – Place2Be

On becoming patron in 2013 Kate, 35, said: “The exceptional counselling service that Place2Be provides is transformational.”

Headteachers from 3,500 schools last week joined a protest against the cuts, which they warn could force a four-day week.

Headteachers in Cheshire this year warned funding shortages could mean teaching assistants and mental health support workers facing redundancy.

Catherine Roche works with 282 UK schools Photo (C) TWITTER
Catherine Roche works with 282 UK schools Photo (C) TWITTER

In December the Government announced the biggest shake-up of school funding in decades to end a “postcode lottery” that has seen schools in big cities receive more than those in rural areas.

Dubbing old rules “unfair, opaque and outdated” the Department for Education carried out a consultation on the changes.

A spokesman said it meant a cash boost for more than half of schools by 2018-19.

He added: “We provide advice and support to help schools use funding cost-effectively.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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