Support for Emotional Health and Well-Being

PEC is the provider of targeted Early Help services that support children’s social, emotional and mental health needs for Plymouth primary schools. The services have been developed collaboratively with schools and are constantly refined and shaped by them.

Plymouth Excellence Cluster has been supporting city schools since 2004; its original inception being focussed on areas of deprivation as part of the government’s Education in Cities initiative. It has been part of PLP since 2015.

PEC has two main arms of service delivery:


School Based Early Help

This Early Help support is delivered by a team of skilled practitioners who work from a strengths-based, person-centred perspective and support individual children who have barriers to learning. They work within a number of schools to a fixed weekly timetable. The team consists of:

Schools buy in to this service on an annual basis and their work is prioritised by the school.

PEC Board Members Discussing Policy

Multi-Agency Support Team (MAST)

The MAST Team is managed by three Senior EPs. It is a team of 30 professionals working in an integrated, holistic way with children and their families. Members of the team are mostly centrally employed but may also be seconded or deployed from the LA. They hold weekly panel meetings at which requests for involvement are discussed and Key Workers appointed; the work will the start within 10 days . Schools subscribe to MAST and this subscription also includes a level of coaching and training for staff and access to the city-wide annual of CPD programme which includes sessions on helping children with ASC/ADHD, attachment, bereavement, precision teaching and speech & language.

Additional Services:

Additional enrichment for schools who buy into the above services:

  • KIDSTIME is an after-school group for families where one or more of the parents may have a recognised mental-illness. It focuses on activities that support both the young people and their parents. It helps children to understand the mental health of their parents and enables families to find and develop language to describe and understand mental health. Places in the group are allocated through a MAST request for involvement.

Term time themed extension sessions for children from across the city. Aiming to improve pupil’s depth of learning by focusing on differentiation and skills mastery: linking and applying learning to an out-of-class setting. Mainly held at Pounds House, Plymouth. Please apply to be on the mailing list

A diverse and exciting holiday programme of activities for children who may have experienced some difficulties in accessing wider extra-curriculum activities. These activities focus on the children’s personal development whilst developing life skills through self-discovery and problem solving. All schools who buy into our core services are invited by letter to nominate pupils they think will benefit.

The services below can be bought in but may be dependent on team capacity:

  • Additional EP buy-in
  • Auditing need: a whole school approach
  • Learning Mentor Training
  • Person-Centred Planning Training (including 1 page pupil profiles)
  • Short Term Interventions for specific additional need:
  • Transition KS2-3
  • Looked After Children from outside the authority
  • Post Adoption Support
  • Children from Refugee/Asylum Seeking families
  • Supervision for Head Teachers
  • Support and single/group supervision for PSAs, TAs and SENCOs