New ‘Teach First’ to train teachers as mental health specialists

22/08/2017 Fiona Millar 0

UK charity aims to recruit and develop teachers specially to help vulnerable pupils at risk of exclusion

Kiran Gill, a former teacher, became familiar with the stories of young people like Hope when she worked in inner-city London schools. Hope was a high-achieving teenager with a string of good GCSEs and an optimistic future.

She was determined to continue studying at her school’s sixth form but, in the first year of her A-levels, her mental health deteriorated. She suffered psychotic episodes, which culminated in a period as a hospital in-patient.

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