I am Mrs Lowe and I am the Learning Mentor at school. My role is to help the children in non academic areas, mostly this is by supporting them with their feelings. Research has shown positive links between good emotional and physical health, and good academic achievement.
The main difficulties that I support the pupils with are:
Grief through loss, separation and bereavement
low self esteem and confidence
support in managing anger
establishing and maintaining friendships
support in managing anxiety
support in difficult transitions in and around school and between home and school
This list is by no means complete. With all children being individual, all have different difficulties, or even different ways of managing the same difficulties.
We are very lucky in school, that we have a designated area for children to use when they work with me either as a group or on an individual basis. My room is called the Den, it is a safe space for children to talk and feel calm. I also now have my very own sensory space called The Nook.