||<p>School based counselling by well-qualified practitioners can play an effective
role as part of a ‘whole school’ approach to supporting mental health and wellbeing.
The Department’s England-wide representative survey of school provision, published
in 2017, indicated that 61% of schools offer counselling services, with 84% of secondary
schools providing their pupils with access to counselling support. To support more
schools to do so, the Government has provided advice on how to deliver high quality
school-based counselling, available to view here: <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/counselling-in-schools"
</p><p>NHS England will fund new mental health support teams, working in schools and
colleges, which will be rolled out to between one fifth and a quarter of England by
the end of 2023. This will start with 25 trailblazer areas which will be fully operational
by the end of 2019. Next steps for this roll out are being considered as part of the
NHS long term plan, published on 7 January, and will be informed by the evaluation
of the initial trailblazers. These new teams should work closely with services which
are already being provided in local areas, including other professionals who work
closely with schools and colleges, such as school counsellors.</p><p> </p>