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Clowne Junior School

Working together for success and happiness

Pastoral Officer

Pastoral Officer - Ms Linda Kinsey

The Role

Develop a 1:1 mentoring relationship with pupils identified as needing support, and to devise, implement and evaluate individual pupil action plans.

Liaise with school staff and other agencies to identify pupils at risk of disaffection.

Maintain regular contact with families/carers of children in need of extra support, to keep them informed of the child’s needs and progresses, and to secure positive family support and involvement,

Liaise with our Family Resource Worker, and with outside agencies, voluntary or otherwise, to support the needs of the children so that these needs are met in a focussed and integrated way.

Have knowledge and appreciation of the range of activities, courses, opportunities, organisations and individuals that could be drawn upon to provide extra support for pupils.

Participate in the comprehensive assessment of pupils, to identify those in need of extra help to overcome barriers to learning, in conjunction with school staff and external agencies as appropriate.

Maintain positive communication between outside agencies and families with safeguarding concerns, and report appropriately to the Headteacher any changes or actions, and accurately record all incidents on the school preferred confidential recording system.


In Summary

  • Removal of Barriers to Learning
  • Social problems
  • Safeguarding
  • Emotional issues
  • Chat Box
  • Friendships
  • Self-esteem
  • Bereavement
  • Basic Learning Intervention
  • Supporting parents
  • Liaison with FSW and Social Services


Our PO deals with home issues which affect children’s learning such as divorce/separation, bereavement, sibling rivalry etc.  Ms Kinsey also deals with issues in school, like friendships, schoolwork, self-esteem, mental health, transition etc.  The children can use a CHAT Box to ask to see the PO, or they may be referred to the PO by teachers or the Headteacher if their demeanour is causing concern.

To help these children the PO may use one or more strategies.  Lots of issues are solved with a chat, or a series of chats.  Some chats may involve bringing together children that are not getting on, so differences of opinion can be aired in a controlled and neutral environment.

Some issues may require more intensive 1:1 intervention like Positive Play.  These are more structured activities designed to specifically address the needs of the child, and so overcome barriers to learning. 


Positive Play

Every child matters at Clowne Junior School.  For this reason, over the last 10 years, we have been using the pioneering Positive Play Programme that was developed by our colleagues at Sharley Park Community Primary School. The programme offers extra help for children and young people in one-to-one sessions through structured activities in a sensory environment. The Positive Play support programme can help children feel special, help them to express and communicate their feelings, feel good about themselves, raise their self-esteem, and improve their social skills in a reliable, safe and supportive environment.

Positive Play aims to:

  • allow young people a space to express and communicate feelings and difficulties in their lives, through a variety of media in constructive rather than aggressive ways and in a safe non-threatening environment
  • help young people feel good about themselves, and raise self-esteem by providing activities that look at their strengths and by valuing what they do and making it special
  • provide a non-authoritarian, supportive, reliable, safe, unconditional relationship within the school and other settings
  • provide some of the early experiences that may have been missed but which are necessary for formal education and social interaction
  • help young people acquire the complex range of life skills needed to achieve their full potential.


The programme has been evaluated by Sheffield Hallam University and found to be an effective early intervention tool in supporting children, raising their self-esteem, enabling them to access the curriculum, and so achieve their potential.

Ofsted defined the Positive Play support programme as ‘An early intervention tool, reducing disaffection and encouraging inclusive education’.


Lego Therapy

Lego Therapy works with small groups of children learning how to co-operate positively with one another, and so work well as a team. It will also help with spoken Literary skills and so improve articulation. 

What is Lego Therapy?