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Pastoral Care and Support

At Yew Tree we are fortunate enough to have a full time Learning Mentor – Miss  L Graney.

What is a Learning Mentor?

The key aim of Learning Mentors is working with children of all ages and abilities to help them achieve their full potential. We work with the pupil, their parents/carers, teachers and others helping them along the path of learning and supporting them in overcoming any barriers that may be in their way.

Barriers to Learning

Children may have barriers to learning such as:

  • Poor attendance or punctuality
  • Difficult family circumstances
  • Low confidence/self esteem
  • Victim of bullying or involved in bullying
  • Social and emotional issues
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Chronic/long term medical needs
  • Worries about moving schools
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Not motivated or organised to learn
  • Feeling vulnerable

Supporting Pupils

The type of support Learning Mentors will offer children is:

  • One to one mentoring sessions
  • Small group sessions focusing on one particular barrier
  • Relaxation activities
  • Supporting children in developing friendships
  • Liaising with parents/carers to support pupil progress
  • Integrated working with other agencies and professionals
  • Organise ‘wishes and worries’ boxes around school for children to post any concerns or requests
  • Monitoring attendance and punctuality
  • Drawing and Talking Therapy

Supporting Parents & Carers

Working with parents and carers is an important part of the Learning Mentor’s role. We want parents and carers to be actively involved in our school and hold regular parent coffee mornings. If you would like to come along to one of our parent meetings or volunteer in school let us know.

Support for parents include:

  • Knowledge of courses and support available
  • Signposting to and working with other agencies to provide support
  • Supportive link between families and school