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(UK) Chester: School adds "learning mentor" for "social/emotional wellbeing" of students

July 15, 2021, InYourArea: Chester school appoints a learning mentor to ensure a happy environment for pupils https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/chester-school-appoints-a-learning-mentor-to-ensure-a-happy-environment-for-pupils/ NW England

Mrs Warrington has been appointed to the newly created post at The Firs School The Firs School, an independent school for boys and girls aged 2-11 years old, has announced the appointment of a Learning Mentor as part of its continued aim of cultivating a happy, healthy learning environment.

This initiative by the school is part of its ethos that happy, self-confident children learn and develop their social and emotional wellbeing. Mrs Warrington, a popular long serving member of the team, is undertaking this newly created role at the school in Chester, Cheshire, which is designed to help break down barriers to learning and help children achieve their full potential. The role provides the link between academic and pastoral support, ensuring that children can engage more effectively in learning and participation in school life. The aim is for the children to have fun in the sessions whilst Mrs Warrington works with them to try and get to the root of any worries they have through discussion, activities and play. These issues may be overcome quickly or take several sessions. Mrs Warrington works at the child’s pace so they won’t be rushed and will look at various ways of supporting their Emotional literacy, which is a developed awareness of one’s own feelings and emotions and also that of other people - empathy. Mrs Warrington will be to help children develop the ability to recognise their own emotions and how to deal with them. The children will learn how to read expressions and the body language of other people too which she believes is so important for developing self-confidence, boosting self-esteem, social and emotional development and also encourages self-management over impulse reactions…. "We have also made a special room available which has been equipped to become a warm, friendly, sensory space where children feel safe and nurtured during their sessions. This room is known as our 'Den' (develop. encourage, nurture) and the children love to visit it. We have received lots of positive feedback already and we are delighted about this new appointment and our new Den which can help all our children at The Firs School.”