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Learning Mentor

The Learning Mentor at Cuerden Church School is Mrs Murray


What is a Learning Mentor?

My job is to work with children, parents,carers,teachers and other agencies on various issues that may be affecting a child's learning.

I work alongside all school staff to support our pupils and parents/carers.


How can I help?

I may be part of your child's support network at school, helping with:

  • punctuality & attendance
  • phonics and literacy work
  • changes in behaviour causing barriers to learning
  • difficulties with developing & maintaining friendships
  • Issues with alleged bullying
  • low self esteem and confidence
  • settling in of new children
  • transition to their next class, key stage or high school
  • support parents/carers with routines and managing behaviours at home.
  • point of contact for parents on a daily basis.


Referrals to the Learning Mentor can be made by parents or by class teachers.


  • To make a referral please speak with your child’s class teacher or Mrs Murray.
  • Mrs. Murray may also undertake observations of your child in the classroom / in the playground.
  • The appropriate intervention will then be decided on using all of this information.

Why do some children need mentoring support?

Pupils of all ability levels can be identified as underachieving because of a wide range of social and emotional factors. These barriers can become internalised, taking the form of low self-esteem, lack of confidence, poor concentration and difficulties in relationships or unmanageable feelings of anger, loss or sadness. They may also affect health, attendance, and level of engagement in learning.

The causes can be multi layered involving a change in family circumstances, bereavement, relationships, adapting to a new culture. These pupils need short term support to sort out and make sense of what is happening to them, to reflect on how their actions can be causing problems and to work out ways to making life better.


Learning Mentor Role at Cuerden Church School

Mrs Murray meets with SENCOs, senior managers and support staff to share information.

She works alongside class teachers in delivering PSHE,  circle times, and contribute to whole school policies and events that address bullying, positive relationships and inclusion. Mrs Murray has a special responsibility for attendance and punctuality where she will liaise closely with the administration staff and Education Welfare Officers.


One to One Interventions

Mrs Murray meets with focus children regularly over an agreed length of time, individually, in a group and in class. The level of intervention can vary from high focus to light touch:

 Significant long term intervention of two to three terms

 Medium intervention, over six to twelve weeks

 Low intervention, a few sessions or short contact once a week


Focus Groups

Mrs Murray facilitates a variety of groups which can be based on developmental groups focusing  on social skills, team work, improving listening and communication and friendships and transition. Circle time and Circle of Friends is also used as needed. These opportunities provide a safe environment for children to explore with their peers issues that are relevant to them.



Christmas Crafts Morning  Tuesday 12th December 2017

We  had an amazing fun packed morning with YR, Y1 and Y2 children, parents and carers. The children enjoyed showing the adults what skills they have by producing some fantastic art work. They decorated Christmas Trees using glitter and shiny paper, snowmen from cotton wool and festive photo props. Have a look at the photos they are great.   





Fun Phonics Club  (Spring Term 2017)

Children in Y1 and Y2 have been invited to join our phonics club.  We have had lots of fun playing new phonics games which will help them with their learning. We have played -

  • Buried Treasure.
  • Phonics Dominoes.
  • Tricky Word Bingo.

Have a look at the photos we had lots of fun playing them.  smiley




Gardening Club -  Autumn term 2016.

We have had lots of fun at gardening club and worked very hard to tidy up our  school garden area. Have a look at your children digging, weeding and sweeping up, maybe they could help you in your garden.smiley

The Chicks have arrived at Cuerden

Working with Network Rail and the Local Community

On a journey with Jesus;

growing, learning and loving God together