Pastoral Support

 

Once upon a time there was an old Indian craftsman, who carved amazing elephants from blocks of wood. When people asked him how he did it he would reply,  “I just cut away the wood that doesn’t look like an elephant.”

I like this story;  for me, it represents what we seek to do in our work.  We don’t have answers, a magic wand, a quick fix.  We prefer to think of ourselves as skilled helpers, bringing solutions that really address your child’ needs, and helping you to find the elephant hiding in the wood.

As a Learning Mentor, I feel extremely lucky, I get to work with all the children in our school and not just in one class.  Sometimes I work with children one-to-one, other times with small groups of children, classes of children or even the whole school!  But the main reason is to be there to support all children by:

  • Listening
  • Encouraging
  • Motivating
  • Exploring Problems
  • Offering guidance
  • Setting goals and targets
  • Teaching new skills

I work with children and parents to remove barriers to learning so children can get the most out of school.   Children’s learning is affected by many different life events and I can offer support when a child’s learning is affected by:

  • Anxiety
  • Friendship difficulties
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Bereavement
  • Managing moods
  • Stress Busting
  • Behaviour

This support helps children to take a full part in school life as well as helping them develop and enhance their skills for learning.

I work from a strengths-based, person-centred perspective – you might well ask!  This just means that I first of all work with a child to help identify their strengths, what they can already do, but might not realise they can.  Often, children can use these strengths to develop new skills.

Being person-centred means developing support which is tailored to each child individually.  Sometimes, something works like a dream for one child but doesn’t help a different child in the same situation.  People are complex – so finding the best support can involve a bit of trial and error, but we keep on looking and looking because we know the elephant is in there somewhere.