HOW CAN THE LEARNING MENTORS HELP YOUR CHILD?
Hello, my name is Mr Jaime McIlroy and I am here to support your children’s pastoral needs in school and help break down any barriers to learning that they may come across.
I support children in many ways:
I run the Breakfast Club every day to help some parents and children who need support in the mornings before school
I am part of the lunchtime staff so I am available to help children with social interaction and overcome any problems they have during their play times and reflect on their behaviour choices
I organise activities and run after school clubs Monday to Thursday for the children to enjoy their chosen interests
I support children and families with their attendance and punctuality, to meet the government expected levels to help them avoid penalties.
I try to help parents become involved in school events and parent focused groups
I am also part of the Safeguarding Team in school. Sometimes a Learning Mentor or senior member of staff might need to speak with parents or other agencies about things children say or how they behave that we can’t ignore and need to share.
Families who have outside agencies supporting them will have myself linked to the family. I will represent the school and become a point of contact for the parent, the professionals involved, the class teacher and your child in school.
Teachers might ask me to do some specific work with children. It could be if they are having friendship issues, struggle with their anger or have behaviour issues. It might be on their own, in a group or within the classroom. I will carry out work around the identified issues for a set time to see if this makes a difference. If this doesn’t help then it might be that school will ask you about making a referral to another agency for further support.
These agencies might be:
School Nursing Team
Time for You Counsellor
Positive Parenting Programme
I am here for parents too. If you are facing challenges with things at home and want some advice, please contact the school. I try to be available as much as possible. You will always see me for the parent coffee morning on a Friday before a class assembly. I am available throughout the day but if I can’t speak to you right away then I can arrange a more convenient time. Please phone the school office and they will be able to put you through to me.