At Hoole CE Primary School, we want everyone involved with our school to feel well supported. We believe that good pastoral support focuses on nurturing the individual needs of each child. We aim to build trusting and empathic relationships with all our pupils and their families.
Our Learning Mentor, Mrs Robertson is always available to support children and their families and ensure that all children are valued, nurtured and have the opportunities to acheive their goals. Mrs Robertson runs a lunch-time club in our Rocket Room for any child to attend if they are feeling vulnerable and our Sensory Garden provides a quiet calm space for reflection.
All our staff model to students how to look after themselves and others; encouraging them to seek help, support or advice whenever they need it.
Pastoral care underpins personal development and we know from experience that with outstanding pastoral care, students feel they belong and their self-esteem is able to flourish because they feel valued and cared for.
Supporting the pastoral needs of pupils sometimes involves working with external agencies. In these situations we ensure that a confidential, professional, non-judgemental and sensitive service is provided.
The Rocket Room & Learning Mentor Support
The Rocket Room
Our Rocket Room is the base for our trained and experienced Learning Mentor, Mrs Robertson. Our Learning Mentor works with pupils, families, school staff and other professionals with the aim of working in partnership to enable pupils to achieve their full potential by removing barriers to learning and promoting emotional and mental well-being.
Barriers to Learning
A barrier to learning is any factor which prevents a child from being in a suitable emotional, physical or psychological state to engage in lessons and learn.
Some examples of potential barriers to learning are:
- Low self esteem,
- lack of self-confidence,
- friendship difficulties,
- medical needs,
- absence from school,
- lateness to school,
- feeling vulnerable,
- family difficulties
If a child experiences one factor or a combination of the above barriers to learning then this may lead to further issues which can result in the child not fulfilling their potential. A Learning Mentor helps the child to develop strategies and skills to enable them to make positive choices and learn.