Time with the Learning Mentor
My name is Linzi Kitchin and I am the Learning Mentor at Weeth CP School. I work in Weeth’s Inclusion Room known as the Oasis. Most pastoral care takes place in the Oasis. I work closely with Helen Girvan (D&SENCo) who can also be found in the Oasis.
I shall explain briefly what the Learning Mentor role encompasses: I try to remove barriers to learning that a child may have be they social, behavioural or emotional. I do this in many ways but largely through play, off site visits, sport, physical education and support in the class room. I am a listening ear to any child or parent that has a problem. Children and parents can pop in to see me at any time. If I can't solve the problem myself I can often refer on to someone else that can help as I liaise closely with other agencies.
Staff working in the Oasis are completely flexible and work on a needs led basis. Children and parents are welcome to pop in at any time to talk to us. We feel that there is nothing so awful or so small that it cannot be talked about to someone and a solution found or worked towards.
We aim to make school a happy environment where a child is safe, can thrive and build on their individual talents. We take a holistic approach to the whole child.
At lunchtime children can chose to visit Miss Kitckin to talk to or to play games with.
Miss Kitchin has always got time to listen to anyone who may have a worry or need help.
During the day Miss Kitchin has the opportunity to work with individual pupils called 'mentees' and also work with small groups of pupils.
She runs programmes that help children express themselves in positive ways and all sorts of others programmes.
She is a friend to everyone!