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 At Stag Lane Primary, we believe that a child’s mental health is as important as their physical health. Difficulties are a part of life and sadly, many children face significant life events that can affect 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 face challenges, enabling them to grow into healthy, well-rounded 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.

"Hello! I am a Pastoral Support Leader/ Learning Mentor and I have worked at Stag Lane for 14 years.
I love that in my role I get to work with so many different children and get to help them learn about themselves and support them in being the best that they can be!! No one day is the same as a Learning Mentor and even after so many years of experience I am still learning and growing in my work alongside the children.
Each child is different and learns in different ways and what I enjoy most about my role is that it allows me to really get to know the children and their families to help them learn and understand the different ways that will help them grow, flourish and become well-grounded individuals.
The feeling you get when you have made a difference to a child’s life is extremely rewarding and makes me proud to be a Learning Mentor."

Bala Vekaria, Pastoral Support Leader/ Learning Mentor

Stag Lane Primary Learning Mentors/Pastoral Support Team

Bala Vekaria - Learning Mentor/Pastoral Support Leader
Tracy Barnett- Learning Mentor

The Role of the Learning Mentor

In any one day, a learning mentor may help 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 affect their learning potential. 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
  • Changes in home life
  • Any form of bullying (including cyberbullying)
  • Self-esteem
  • Settling into a new school
  • The loss of a loved one
  • Controlling/understanding emotions
  • Transitions between schools
  • Playtime difficulties
  • Coping with illness
  • Social skills 
  • 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