Mrs Gates, Children and Family Support Worker
Hello, my name is Mrs Alexandra Gates and I am the Child and Family Pastoral Support Worker at St Margaret’s CE School.
In my role, I work directly with children, as well as teachers and parents/carers to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children at our school. I can also provide direct support and intervention, as well as access to information and advice.
I can offer approachable and confidential support and signposting in all areas of family life. I am trained in counselling skills so you can be assured that I will actively listen to any concerns without judgement. I can offer support in a number of areas, including, but not limited to:
- Support and advice with promoting positive behaviour at home
- Assistance with paperwork and forms
- Attendance and support at school or external agency meetings
- Support and guidance with career or personal development
- Providing information and signposting to other services in the local area
I also work directly with children to support their social and emotional wellbeing. I am ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) trained, which means that I have had training from Educational Psychologists and receive ongoing supervision to help maintain high quality in the work I undertake with children. I aim to develop warm, respectful relationships with the children at St Margaret’s in order to provide a reflective space where they are able to share honestly their thoughts and feelings. Areas that I can support with include:
- Self-esteem and confidence
- Social skills
- Anger management
This is not an exhaustive list. The ELSA approach can be used to support in many areas of difficulty.
As a parent myself, I am well aware of the challenges and that we all need a little help sometimes. If you feel that you could do with some support, please get in touch.
How to contact me
In person: If you see me in the playground, please do come and say hello
Direct email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher: Tell your child’s teacher if you would like me to contact you
School office: Leave a message with your contact details and I will be in touch