Miss Cooksey, our Pastoral Teaching Assistant works in 'The Nest'. Her role is to provide support and guidance to children and those engaged with them, to help identify any barriers to a child's learning and then work with the child to remove the barrier so that the child can effectively participate in school life.
Class Teachers can refer a child for pastoral support when they identify a behavioural or emotional need which requires additional support from that already provided within the classroom. Miss Cooksey will then work with the child, either on a 1-1 basis or within a small group.
If you have any concerns about your child's behavioural or emotional needs you can discuss these with Miss Cooksey and together agree if additional support would be appropriate.
The needs of a child are individual but some of the common issues supported by our Pastoral Teaching Assistant include:
- Friendship issues
- Low self-esteem
- Low levels of resilience
- Anxiety / worries
- Problems managing anger
- Developing social skills
- Organisational skills
- Illness and bereavement
- Divorce and separation
- Parent on deployment
Pastoral Teaching Assistant
Miss Cooksey is a Pastoral Teaching Assistant at Poplar Farm. She has worked in primary schools for the past 6 years supporting children’s social and emotional well-being.
Miss Cooksey has completed qualifications in counselling and has specialised in working with children. She has further undertaken training in creative arts and play, and values the importance of children being able to freely express themselves in ways which feel fun, safe and supportive. She trusts that children are the experts in their own journeys and the foundation of her philosophy is grounded from a child centered approach.
Miss Cooksey strives to build positive relationships built on trust and understanding so that children have the necessary conditions in place to learn, grow and flourish.