Mrs Caslake is our school Learning Mentor and is here to support children who are facing barriers to learning to ensure they are happy at school and achieve their full potential. 


What Does a Learning Mentor do?

The Learning Mentor role is wide ranging but the main aim is to help all pupils of all ages and abilities to overcome barriers to learning so that they can achieve their full potential. Such barriers include, but are not limited to:


  • lack of motivation

  • lack of confidence

  • low self esteem

  • managing strong feelings

  • anxiety / worries

  • anger

  • friendships

  • difficulties at home 

  • bereavement

  • difficulty settling into school

  • disruptive behaviour

  • separation anxiety


What kind of help can I expect?

Mrs Caslake will work with children either one to one or in small group sessions. Activities in the sessions will vary depending very much on the individual needs of your child. Mrs Caslake will liaise with your childs’ class teacher, you and your child to decide how and what support can be provided. 

 The recommended timescale for support is usually 6 to 8 weeks. Where possible, we aim to start new sessions at the beginning of a new term, however, this is dependent on the needs of the child and Learning Mentor availability,. Sessions take place during school time, in the afternoon and usually last for 30 minutes.

At the end of the 6 to 8 week block Mrs Caslake will discuss with you, your child and your child’s class teacher whether the intervention has had an impact. The sessions may continue or end depending on the response, however, help can be accessed again at a later date. Should we feel your child would benefit from help from a trained counsellor or other professional then we will discuss this with you and talk about the referral routes to access this help.  

How do we get help?

Children can ask for help by speaking to Mrs Caslake, their teacher or another adult in school.  

Teachers can ask for help if they have any concerns about a child. 

Parents can ask for help by contacting the school office, speaking to their child’s class teacher or by completing the ‘Learning Mentor Support Request’ form below.