The Nest

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
  • Attendance 
  • Developing social skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Illness and bereavement
  • Divorce and separation
  • Parent on deployment
Miss Cooksey

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.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
During Mental Health Awareness Week, Miss Cooksey supported the children with a number of different activities, including feelings monsters; showing feelings with the caterpillar in The Nest, and using the Inside Out characters to talk about feelings.
The Worry Box
A Worry Box has been placed outside 'The Nest'. This is available to all children. It provides a forum through which they can share their individual worries. Miss Cooksey reads the worries and then discusses the worry with the child.
Worry Monsters
All classes have a 'worry monster' they can use to share their worries. The class teachers read the worries, and will either speak to the child themselves, or share the worry with Miss Cooksey.
Friendship Monitors
Miss Cooksey supports our Friendship Monitors to help others enjoy playtimes. If any child is unsure who to play with, they can look out for the children wearing the Friendship Monitor lanyards, and speak to them about friendships.
Lunch Time Club
Miss Cooksey runs a Lunch Time Club. The Lunch Time Club is a quiet alternative for children, a space for them to read, draw, colour or play away from the playground. Miss Cooksey also leads activities to support the pastoral needs of the children.