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London, 2nd November 2022: Place2Be — a children’s mental health charity with over 25 years’ experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools — and Hive Learning — the peer learning platform who use network science and nudge theory to help learner’s embed critical skills  — have been shortlisted for the 2022 Learning Technologies award for ‘Best learning technologies project – public & non-profit sector’.

 

Place2Be partnered with Hive Learning to deliver their first online learning programme ‘Mental Health – Foundations’ for teachers, reaching 42% of schools across the UK and over 64,000 teachers – 100x the reach they’d ever reached before using face to face delivery.

 

This resulted in over 90% of participants feeling their capacity to lead a positive approach to mental health and wellbeing in schools had increased, and 73% learnt something that changed their actions, behaviour, or attitude.

 

The approach has since been used for more programmes reaching new audiences such as trainee teachers, youth workers, parents and carers. As well as impacting the wider industry, with research partners and youth organisations such as Save The Children and Youth Scotland adopting the innovative approach.

 

The Learning Technologies Awards are the most independent and sought-after awards in the industry. They recognise the commitment, enthusiasm and passion for learning technologies across the world. Finalists are selected by an independent judging panel of experts organised by the Learning Network.

 

The winners will be announced on the 16th November. 

 

Simon Yates, Director of Operations at Place2Be said:


“The Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme has enabled us to markedly increase our reach into schools and give thousands of teachers the opportunity to learn about mental health issues in the classroom and give much more support to the children they care for. Due to the pandemic the use of an accessible digital platform has been invaluable and without it our ability to reach as many teachers would have been significantly constrained.” 

 

Hive Learning CEO Julia Tierney comments:

 

“We are honoured to have been shortlisted for this award — it really is a great testament to the brilliant work Place2Be are doing. 

It’s been a pleasure to work with such an innovative team –– Place2Be have been able to pioneer a new approach that has equipped teachers across so many schools in the UK with skills to help children better manage and understand mental health.

We are proud to have supported them on this journey and hope to see Mental Health – foundations continue to play a role in schools positively impacting future generations.

There’s some tough competition out there this year, but we’re looking forward to seeing what the results hold for us in November. Good luck to all the finalists!”

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