Multi-Agency Support Team

Our MAST service delivers psychological and therapeutic support for children who need it in primary schools in Plymouth. The team brings together a variety of professionals to offer a timely and effective child-centred response.

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3+ outcome areas where people are making progress

£1.5m

Funding secured for pupils who needed it the most every year

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A flexible range of mental health services that adapt to the needs of the children, families and school staff. 

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Individual or group supervision

Focused sessions for staff, led by an educational psychologist or therapist

School family support guidance

Regular sessions and expert coaching to reinforce your family liaison service

Effective training programmes

A well-established suite of CPD options and training in emotional logic

Early intervention

Highly responsive support, with contact made within a week of a request

Individual tailored support

Our diverse team of specialists ensure that children get precisely the help they need

Robust evaluation of impact

Every child’s journey is analysed using Outcome Star ™ progress measures

Whole school training and guidance

Enhance understanding and practice across the school in areas such as trauma and autism

Professional staffing options

Hire professionals such as learning mentors and education psychologists by the day

Bespoke, responsive service

We listen to you and work reflectively to meet your school’s unique needs and priorities

Upcoming events on the calendar

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Understanding Anxiety
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February
Precision Teaching Level 2
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March
Sexualised behaviour
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March
Therapeutic Support group
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March
Emotional Based School Avoidance
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March
Therapeutic Play Coaching
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March
Lego Therapy
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ACE Training
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March
Therapeutic Mentoring
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March
Precision Teaching Level 2
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You’re in good company

Schools trust PLP’s MAST service to deliver the mental health support they need. Here’s a sample of the feedback our partner schools have shared. 

“I think PLP MAST have the balance just right, they emapthise with the challenges schools face and they respond in a timely manner. They support, guide and advise, but are not unrealistic or judgemental. We feel supported and guided in a way no other service can match at present..”

Lisa Birnie
Lisa Birnie
Assistant Headteacher and SENCO, Elburton Primary School

"The PLP team are warm, supportive and knowledgeable in their expertise. I enjoy my role within the team as a family learning mentor, and feel empowered to support children and families knowing I have a great team around me, with regular supervision and access to a variety of CPD opportunities to further my development."

Claire Wilkinson
Claire Wilkinson
Family Learning Mentor

"Our PLP SALT is invaluable to us. She is brilliant at supporting us in providing advice and strategies to support early SAL need, often eliminating the need for support later on. She is also flexible in the use of her time and has provided assessments and advice for older children, enabling us to identify and support needs for these children."

Nicky Cole
Nicky Cole
SENCO, Glen Park Primary School

"I like that through my role in PLP children are at the heart of the therapy we deliver, and how good communication is between the team schools and families."

Chloe Ridgway
Chloe Ridgway
PLP

"I am thankful to have the opportunity to have such a proactive, compassionate service who are there to support and educate me within my role, whilst also expanding high-quality support and intervention for school staff, pupils and parents/families. I wouldn't be without PLP! "

Sarah Moger
Sarah Moger
SENCO, St Budeaux Foundation CofE

“PLP have been really supportive towards the huge variety of challenging needs that we face within our school. There is always somebody available to talk to at the end of the phone and no question is too trivial..”

Suzanne Perkin
Suzanne Perkin
Teacher SENCO, Leigham Primary School

“PLP give my school access to incredible, hard-working, knowledgeable and caring experts in education. The impact we see in Speech and Language and through workshops and CPD is considerable. The support PLP, especially MAST, gives us is inspiring - and vital to us providing the high quality provision we know our children and families deserve. Everyone is friendly and wants to help. It is a pleasure to do business with PLP and its different subdivisions..”

Alice Malein
Alice Malein
Supply Teacher

“MAST are amazing. All of the staff are resourceful, compassionate and hardworking. Everyone is committed to find a creative way to remove barriers and support children and their families to move forwards. I would not be able to do my job without the support, expertise and advice that the MAST team provide. They are always there when we need them the most.”

Alison Havard
Alison Havard
SEND Co-ordinator, Whitleigh Primary School

"PLP doesn't hide away from the challenging, complex and often painful stuff that needs to be tackled in order to help young people succeed.

Martin Huggins
Martin Huggins
PLP

"PLP build strong partnerships with schools and communities to improve life chances for children."

Katie Patrick
Katie Patrick
Headteacher, Woodford Primary School

“It has given me the opportunity to reach children and families who may never have been able to access therapy or support in the way that we give. It has allowed me to work with a variety of people and explore my practise over the years, enabling me to become the practitioner I am..”

Paula Davies
Paula Davies
PLP

"PLP MAST is central to my professional world. The team are always there, available, to provide the support and early help that is essential and required for our families and their children to survive and learn to thrive. Support for staff and colleagues has been invaluable in terms of CPD, professional advice, supervision and the under specific circumstances."

Jodie Childs
Jodie Childs
SENCO, Mary Dean's Primary School

Supported by people who care

University of Exeter
BACP
Outcomes Star
Marjon University
University of Plymouth
HCPC
Autism Education
Our Time Foundation