Our Family Adviser at St Mark's is Mrs Davis. This pastoral role includes liaising with staff, parents, children and outside agencies to ensure the well-being of individual pupils is fully supported.
Mrs Davis runs individual and group mentoring sessions, Forest School programme, Family SEAL project,Cuppa Club, Peer Mentor system and transition projects for entering and leaving St Mark's. She is also our school 'Anti-Bullying Champion'.
Within the mentoring programme, identified children can have the opportunity to spend designated periods with a trusted adult on a 1:1 basis or within a small group to share information confidentially or talk through issues that concern them.
Some of the areas we can offer support for families includes:
Routines at home
Transition between classes
Transition between schools
What are the benefits for pupils and families?
Reduced challenging behaviour
Developed social skills
Coping mechanisms for family traumas
Increased positive attitudes
Mature speaking & listening skills
Establishing & maintaining friendships
Empathy with less fortunate pupils
Reach full learning potential
Manage their own feelings successfully
These are all valuable life skills - which some pupils may need a little extra support to enhance them in line with their peer groups. Some issues may require long term support whilst others may need short blocks of time or an isolated session. This work is in line with general support from the class teachers and our School Values.
Referrals are welcome from parents/carers as well as school staff members and pupils themselves. Mrs Davis is available Monday to Thursday mornings from 8.30am on the Upper School Playground or you are welcome to make an appointment via the school office.Alternatively parents are welcome to drop into our weekly Cuppa Club on Thursday mornings from 9 - 9.30am (pre school siblings are welcome).
Sensitive issues are always treated in confidence.