Hello!

I’m Montbelle’s Learning Mentor and I work with children across the school to help provide a range of additional emotional support to pupils who may need it from time to time.

How I can help your child

I’m here to help your child overcome the social and emotional barriers that may get in the way of their learning and positive behaviours. I also provide a sympathetic ear for pupils during times of worry, or if they’re experiencing difficulties.

Some examples of the types of things I may be able to help with are:

·Loss of motivation/difficulties in concentration.

·Disengaged from learning or social interactions.

·Low self-esteem and confidence.

·General unhappiness and low mood.

·Heightened levels of anxiety.

·Behavioural issues.

·Managing challenging emotions.

·Friendship issues and difficulties in building relationships.

For some children I deliver specific interventions to help support them which are either carried out in small groups, or on an individual basis in the Nurture Room. These are structured around specific needs and can be arranged for an agreed period of time.

Support during break times

Additionally, I provide support to children during break and lunch times, as these can be particularly vulnerable periods for some pupils. To help those who find lunch times a little challenging, I run a daily lunch club that provides an enjoyable alternative to the playground for those who need it.

Current lunch clubs include crafting, board games and fact-finding topics that help promote social interaction and build on teamworking skills, as well as provide a comfortable environment in which to have a break. Children can choose which sessions they attend, however as spaces are limited, there may be a waiting list at times during high demand to ensure everyone gets a chance to come. Sessions run 1.00pm—1.30pm either on the Montbelle Bus or in the ICT suite.

How children are referred to me

Referrals for support from me can be made via the class teacher, professionals working with families and from parents/carers themselves.

If you’d like to discuss anything with me, I’m usually around the KS2 doors in the morning as the children come into school, or feel free to contact me via the school office.

I look forward to working with you.

Debbie Robinson

Learning Mentor

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VOLUNTEERS
Are you looking for a change in career?
Are you looking to get back into work following a break?
Do you have skills that you feel we could use in school?
At Montbelle Primary we are always happy to welcome volunteers who are looking to gain experience within the school environment. If you are interested in giving your time to develop your skills of working with children, please email admin@montbelle.org.uk or phone 0208 857 3909 with your name, contact details and an overview of what area you would like to volunteer in. One of our senior staff team will be in touch to arrange an appointment to meet and discuss any opportunities we may have.
 
All volunteers will be subject to all the necessary safeguarding checks.
READING SUPPORT
Do you have a few spare hours a week? Could you come in and listen to some of our children read?
Reading is of huge importance to a child’s education and helps set a child up for life. We have a number of parents, carers, family members and people within our community who come to school each week and listen to children read. We are not asking you to teach a child to read, just to give some extra time for children to read aloud, talk about the book they have read and develop their confidence in reading aloud.
If you feel you could give a couple of hours each week, on a regular basis, please email admin@montbelle.org.uk or phone 0208 857 3909 with your name, contact details and an overview of what you would like to help us with. One of our senior staff will be in touch to arrange an appointment to meet with you.
All volunteers will be subject to all the necessary safeguarding checks.

We encourage parental involvement in all aspects of school life. We often need help with themed days, trips, reading and many other subjects in school, so if you have a particular interest in the topic your child is learning or a particular talent in that area please let your child’s class teacher know.

 

Other ways we encourage to take part in the life at Montbelle are as follows:

                                                                                                                   

  •  parent workshops (please look at the parent workshop tab for more information) which includes lots of information about your childs education, for example: how to help your child with phonics; mental maths strategies; transition to secondary school or even just a celebration of the terms work!

 

  • learn together: a time to get members of the family in for some school fun! Activities, led by the school staff, involve woodwork, forest schools and sport!

 

  • family picnic: when the sun comes out, we encourage parents and carers to join the rest of the school in a morning breakfast!

 

  • Parent Forum: parent representatives from each class get to meet with members of the SLT and ask questions or put forward suggestions to help us improve the childrens experiences at Montbelle

 

  • Open classroom: encourages parents and carers to come in for the afternoon and take part in a particular theme eg art/maths or science