Mrs Smith, our Learning Mentor works in 'The Nest'. Her role is to provide support and guidance to children and those engaged with them, to help identify any barriers to a child's learning and then work with the child to remove the barrier so that the child can effectively participate in school life.
Class Teachers can refer a child for Learning Mentor support when they identify a behavioural or emotional need which requires additional support from that already provided within the classroom. Mrs Smith will then work with the child, often on a 1-1 basis following an ELSA support programme.
If you have any concerns about your child's behavioural or emotional needs you can discuss these with Mrs Smith and together agree if additional supports would be appropriate.
The needs of a child are individual but some of the common issues supported by our Learning Mentor include:
Mrs Smith can also help you and your child by signposting to other support agencies such as Young Carers, Family Support or RELATE.
ELSA support - An intervention to support children in the development of their emotional literacy. Emotional literacy is:
Lunch Time Club (LTC) - Mrs Smith and Mrs Skelton jointly run the Lunch Time Club. Children are invited to attend the LTC if it is felt that they would benefit from additional support over lunch time, which is an unstructured time for children. The children come to 'The Lunch Time Club' room and eat their lunch in a small group setting, allowing an opportunity for them to chat socially. The children will then engage in 'serious talk', which is led by Mrs Smith or Mrs Skelton and aims to address the areas of concern by providing the children with strategies and skills to manage their own needs. 'Serious talk', which lasts for about 10 minutes, looks at issues such as controlling angry feelings, how to be a good friend, good listening skills, building self-esteem and resilience, problem solving skills, play skills. Following 'serious talk' the children have an opportunity to engage in free play. Most children who have attended the Lunch Time Club have really enjoyed the opportunity to spend time in a smaller group and many ask if they can come again. We are trying to give as many children as possible across the school an opportunity to attend. If you feel that your child may benefit please speak to Mrs Smith or Mrs Skelton.
The Worry Box - A Worry Box has been placed in the library area in front of 'The Nest'. This is available to all children. It provides a forum through which they can share their individual worries. Mrs Smith reads the worries and then discusses the worry with the child. If the worry relates to a matter outside of school, then consent is sought to share that information with the child's parent/ caregiver.
Children are a part of and influenced by a number of 'systems' including the self, family, school, community and the wider world. The 'barrier' to learning may lie within one or more of these systems and may present in school as a 'behavioural need' such as difficult, aggressive or challenging behaviour, or as an 'emotional need' such as low self-esteem, anxiety or signs of depression. Mrs Smith may contact the child's parent to discuss their individual needs and to agree a plan of action to best ensure that those needs are met. This may include completing an Early Help Assessment or seeking consent to engage in a Team Around the Child (see our School Policy on Safeguarding for further information).