Keeping Safe Support

Safeguarding Information

There are two things we can give our children:
The first is roots and the last is wings.

My name is Nicky Higgins and I am the Learning Mentor/Family Support Worker at Wollaston Primary. A bit of background, I am divorced and a single mum of 3 girls (now teenagers) and have worked for the NCC since 2005. I have worked at Wollaston Primary since September 2008 as a 1:1 Teaching Assistant, Class Teaching Assistant, Parent Link Worker and am now in my 5th year of my current role.

What does a Learning Mentor do? Well I do most things! I am there to support the emotional welfare of you and your children, a happy family means a happy child and happy children learn better. I have a Level 3 qualification in Children’s Care Learning & Development; am Paediatric First Aid trained; have completed a Diploma in Counselling Children & Adolescents; undertaken Bereavement training, and Domestic Violence Support amongst other things.

Everything that is said to me is confidential, unless of course I feel that you or your child is in immediate danger then I have a duty of care to pass this on to someone else. I am one of the Designated Safeguarding staff members for the school and in this role attend Child In Need & Child Protection Meetings and complete Early Help Assessments for families who need them to help them to access more robust support.

I am involved with supporting children on a 1:1 basis either in the longer term or as and when it is needed, this could be as simple as an upset first thing which needs 5 minutes of TLC to far more complex needs. I am available for the children to speak to at break and lunch times or they can be referred to me by their class teacher or you as parents/carers.

We all have the right to feel safe all the time. We can talk with someone about anything even if it’s awful or small.

My role includes support for the parents/carers of our children too. Again this could be a 5 minute “unload” of worries over a cuppa or a longer meeting if needed. I can support parents with their own emotional complications or signpost hem to other services who might be better placed to support them. Some of these include: help to understand & managing their children’s behaviour; separation anxiety and referring to parenting groups. I can also help with form filling and information on Pupil Premium applications and Free School Meals along with help on behaviour management and establishing better routines. Please just ask.

Our aim as a school is to provide a holistic support service to our children and their families ensuring that our children are emotionally able to access their education.

I am usually about at the start and end of most days or can be contacted via phone or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 01933 664291

Children learn what they live:

  • If children live with criticism they learn to condemn;
  • If children live with hostility they learn to fight;
  • If children live with ridicule they learn to feel shy;
  • If children live with shame they learn to feel guilty;
  • If children live with tolerance they learn to be patient;
  • If children live with encouragement they learn confidence;
  • If children live with praise they learn to appreciate;
  • If children live with fairness they learn justice;
  • If children live with security they learn to have faith;
  • If children live with approval they learn to like themselves;
  • If children live with acceptance & friendship they learn to find love.

(abridged version of a poem by Dorothy Law Nolte)

Wollaston - "Progress is Good"

Our last Ofted showed that teaching is consistently good in our school. Typically, progress is good for each year group and a higher proportion than nationally achieve as expected by the end of both key stages.

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Wollaston Primary School
College Street
NN29 7SF

Tel: 01933 664291