Pupil & Family Support Workers (Learning Mentors)
Who are we?
We have two PFSW (Pupil & Family Support Workers) - Sheryl Smith who primarily works with Key Stage 1 children (Reception-Year2) and Carrie Buck who primarily works with Key Stage 2 children (Year3-6).
What do we do?
Our PFSW's work with our children and their families supporting and helping them with many different things that affect our children during their time at school with us. The work can be individually, in a group or with family members.
They also mentor some of our Year 6 children who become Batch Buddies. The Year 6 children who wish to be a Batch Buddy have training with the PFSW's and then are in the playground at lunchtimes supporting and helping the younger children with friendship issues. We have found this a really successful way of solving minor issues without adult intervention. Some Year 6 children also help run Lunch Bunch which is a place children can go if they are struggling with lunchtime play.
Our PFSW's educate our children that conflict is a part of everyday life. All feelings they experience such as sadness and anger are valid emotions and it is the action you take from that that is the important thing. We would ask parents to support us with giving this message too.
What we can help with?
Carrie and Sheryl have supported families with issues regarding:
- behaviour - at home and at school
- identity concerns
- parental separation
- family illness
- supporting parents with having difficult conversations about the facts of life, sexual orientation or a death in the family
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