From September 2014, Mrs Karen Goodwin was appointed as our Learning Mentor. Her role is to work with pupils of all abilities to reach their full potential by helping them overcome any barriers to their learning. Barriers to learning can include many factors such as:
- Anger management issues
- Low self confidence
- Poor study skills
- Family problems
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
Staff in school identify pupils who may benefit from working with Mrs Goodwin. She will support, help them understand and address the issues which are preventing them from learning.
Her role is also to work with the families of these children to ensure they have the support to address concerns. The value of positive and active involvement by parents cannot be overstated. Here at St Stephen's we value strong home-school links. Parental support is vital to children's achievements.
In most cases, staff in school will have identified those in need of support. However, if parents/carers have concerns they should not hesitate to contact school to make an appointment with Mrs Goodwin.
There are also a number of useful websites which you may access by clicking on the links below containing information about a variety of family issues.
BBC Bitesize Useful information for parents and young people regarding transition to secondary school
Family Lives Providing support and advice to families. Tel: 0808 800 2222
NSPCC Providing support for parents and families in caring for children
Relate Support, advice and information for families experiencing a variety of family life problems, not just marital.
There is a live chat facility available
Young Minds Help and support for parents regarding mental health issues in young people. A parent helpline is available.
Tel: 0808 802 5544
Mind Help and support for parents offered by a mental health charity. Tel: 0300 123 3393
Childline A counselling service for parents, children and young people. Tel: 0800 1111
Gingerbread A charity supporting single parent families to live secure, happy and fulfilling lives. Tel: 0207 428 5400
Cruse Offering support, advice and information to children and young people when someone dies. Tel: 0808 808 1677
AnxietyUK A charity offering confidential advice and support for those with anxiety, stress and anxiety-based depression.
Tel: 03444 775 774
Mermaids Family and individual support for gender diverse and transgender children
Stress Management for Pupils
Explaining Mental Health
Mrs Goodwin is here to help from 8.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m