First Class support provides over twenty distinct support roles to schools and colleges across the UK. These include teaching assistants, SEN support staff and counsellors. First Class Support is committed to improving the physical and psychological wellbeing of children and young people throughout all stages of compulsory education.

All First Class Support staff are highly experienced at providing one to one support to students with disabilities. Teaching assistants and SEN support staff are available at an individual hourly rate of £15.00, but this can be reduced depending on the needs and demands of the institution. All our counsellors are highly qualified and hold professional body memberships in their field of expertise. Counsellors can be provided from as little as £25.00 per hour.

The table below displays the hourly rates for teaching assistants, one to one SEN support specialists and counsellors. For all support roles that we can provide to schools and colleges please click here.


Support  Net VAT Total
Teaching Assistant (hourly rate) £15.00 £3.00 £18.00
One to One SEN Support (hourly rate) £18.00 £3.60 £21.60
Counsellor (hourly rate) £40.00 £8.00 £48.00
Counsellor (half day) £100.00 £20.00 £120.00
Counsellor (full day) £150.00 £30.00 £180.00


First Class Support is dedicated to addressing the impact of psychological unease that exists within schools and colleges across the UK. While mental health issues are relatively common, with around 10% of 5 to 16 year old children experiencing them, children and young people do not always get the help that they need as quickly as they should. Issues such as anxiety, low mood, depression, conduct and eating disorders can impact significantly on their happiness and future life chances.

Good mental and emotional wellbeing is an integral part of children and young people’s holistic development. When this development is inhibited, counselling can be an effective and important resource.

Counselling is an intervention that children or young people can voluntarily enter into if they want to explore, understand and overcome issues in their lives which may be causing them difficulty, distress and/or confusion. A counselling relationship has identified boundaries and an explicit contract agreed between the young person, counsellor and, where appropriate, parent or carer.

First Class Support provides counselling with the aim to assist the child or young person to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and their relationship to their world. Similarly, all sessions will help to create a greater awareness and utilisation of their personal resources, to build their resilience, and to support their ability to address problems and pursue meaningful goals.

In addition, FCS can provide counselling and advocacy services to teaching staff and families that are connected to the school. It is vitally important that education institutions are a harmonious and productive environment, therefore systematic drop-in and group support sessions can be extremely beneficial.

Counselling sessions typically address the following:

  • Dysregulated behaviour.
  • Attachment disorder.
  • Conflict behaviour at home and/or school.
  • Behaviour (ADHD – ADD – Autism).
  • Anger management.
  • Antisocial behaviour.
  • Truancy.
  • Absconding.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • Anxiety.
  • Maladaptive behaviour and self-harm.
  • Bereavement.
  • Bullying.
  • Separation and loss.
  • History of child abuse.
  • Mediating between students, parents and teachers.

Sessions can commence from as little as £25 per hour, depending on the needs and budget of the school. If you would like to discuss how FCS can ensure the provision of psychological support to your school, please call 01752 358641 or email