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Pastoral Support

 At Stag Lane Primary we believe that a child’s mental health is as important as their physical health. Ups and downs are a part of life and sadly, many children face significant life events that can impact their emotional wellbeing. We feel it is important to acknowledge and empower children to understand their emotions whether they are positive or negative. We aim to develop their coping skills and resilience to support them when they are faced with challenges, enabling them to grow into healthy well- grounded young people.

At Stag Lane we are committed to supporting the emotional wellbeing of all our pupils, staff and parents/carers. We understand that anyone can face life events which can make them feel vulnerable and need additional emotional support to manage and cope.

To support the emotional well-being needs of our school we are lucky to have 3 Learning Mentors that can offer Pastoral care to any child when needed. Learning Mentors are available to work with children and families and provide support to help them manage times of change or difficulty.


The Role of the Learning Mentor:

In any one day a learning mentor may be helping children with their learning, with friendship issues, anger management issues, liaising with teachers, supporting behaviour management strategies and developing positive relationships with families. They are there to help children overcome any barriers that may be affecting their learning potential. The Learning Mentors offer various interventions throughout the school day. These may include group or one-to-one interventions.

Learning Mentors can help children with:

¨ Friendship issues               ¨ Settling into a new school                 ¨ playtime difficulties

¨ Changes in home life          ¨ The loss of a loved one                      ¨ Coping with illness

¨ Any form of bullying          ¨ Controlling/understanding                 ¨ Social skills                       

   (Including cyber bullying)       emotions            

¨ Self-esteem or                  ¨ Transitions between schools             ..  Confidence issues     

A Learning Mentor can support and help overcome barriers to learning for your child by:

¨ Listening to children and discussing anything that is worrying them.

¨ Increasing motivation

¨  Developing emotional literacy

¨ Developing coping strategies, understanding emotions and anger management

¨ Building resilience

¨  Encouraging children to do their best in school and setting manageable targets

¨ Helping to raise a child’s confidence and self-esteem

¨  Developing social or communication skills


Stag Lane Primary Learning Mentors/Pastoral Support Team 

Tracy Barnett

Indira Visavadia

Bala Vekaria - Learning Mentor/Pastoral Support Leader


We all have mental health. We all experience a range of feelings throughout the day and our moods and emotions can change and fluctuate throughout the day. Sometimes these feelings can lead to us becoming overwhelmed and impact the way we manage with day to day living and tasks. This can affect our ability to manage the things we normally do and enjoy. This is when may need some help to cope with, understand and manage what we are experiencing.