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.
MAST comprises a ‘wheel’ of supports that encompass three key elements: child and family support, school staff development and whole school system enhancement.
Our services meet the need for social, emotional and mental health help arising from a wide range of issues, including depression and anxiety, early trauma and family breakdown. We intervene following a referral by a school’s educational psychologist, and complement existing school-based provisions such as learning mentors and counsellors.
Child and Family Support
A highly responsive service from our integrated team of specialists. Access interventions tailored to the needs of the child, family and school, plus group support.
School Staff Development
Packages of support for individual staff or groups and for those who perform essential family-orientated work – led by our educational psychologists, counsellors or therapists.
Whole School System Enhancement
Get training to improve the way your school understands and manages issues around adverse childhood experiences and autism. Or hire specialists by the day to deliver specific services.
In addition to the core offerings within MAST, our additional services enhance your school's support system for children, families, and staff development.
3+ outcome areas where people are making progress
Funding secured for pupils who needed it the most every year
A flexible range of mental health services that adapt to the needs of the children, families and school staff.
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
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
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..”
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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! "
“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..”
“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..”
“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.”
"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.
"PLP build strong partnerships with schools and communities to improve life chances for children."
“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..”
"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."