The Learning Mentors
We are Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Chambers. We are both support staff with years of experience working in primary schools and other settings. Our main aim is to break down barriers to learning and to support wellbeing. We want every child at Southglade to be happy and safe in their school. We offer one to one sessions, group sessions and specific interventions that enable our children to become confident, happy students.
Some of our interventions include anger management, anxiety, friendships, confidence building and supporting with bereavement and loss. Some children just want someone to talk to.
We are both trained in Mental Health First Aid and Mrs McCarthy is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA), which means she can offer specifically planned interventions to children who need emotional support.
We can be found in the mentoring room and in our indoor garden upstairs. We can also be found in breakfast club daily and sometimes in the sensory room. We are both outside every lunchtime.
The Learning Mentors are available to all children who may have a worry. They can see Mrs Chambers or Mrs McCarthy by request and talk through any worry they have.
Mrs McCarthy is a trained ELSA. ELSA stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. This means that she can deliver specifically planned interventions to children who may need support with emotions. Areas covered include anger, behaviour, anxiety, confidence and bereavement.
Mrs McCarthy is also trained in Mental Health First Aid and so some of her ELSA work includes mental health support.