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Ryan was first referred by his primary school and worked with Learning Space during year 6. His school was worried about how he would cope with the move to secondary school and asked Learning Space to continue to support for the first few months. Ryan’s home life was turbulent – he had recently moved into the area following domestic violence issues. His levels of self-esteem and confidence were low and there were concerns he may have ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) as his communication with both adults and peers was very difficult. Our worker visited primary school and introduced herself to Ryan at the end of the summer term – this meant s familiar face for him in September. She then met regularly with Ryan during his first term and the solution focused sessions gave him the opportunity to express how he felt he was settling in as well as time for any worries and concerns as they occurred; he was also given support for family issues.

The work was very successful and overall Ryan made an excellent start to secondary school; at the end of the first term his teachers reported how well he had settled and his attendance was 100%.  His growing confidence helped develop his communication skills; he even managed to build very positive relationships with two other boys in his tutor group – this was a huge step forward for Ryan.

Alicia, age 14 years old

Alicia, age 14 years old

Alicia is a year 9 student referred for anger management and for difficulties emerging for her following the sudden death (suicide) of close family member. On her first session Alicia said that she found it impossible to talk to people…

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Sophie, aged 15

Sophie, aged 15

  Sophie's school attendance below 10% and even when she was in school she refused to attend lessons. She was completely disengaged and her family was threatened with prosecution. The referrer's hopes for Sophie were for her to begin to…

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Parents of Joshua

Parents of Joshua

Joshua was referred to Learning Space because he had difficulties leaving his mum in the mornings when he arrived in school – his teacher felt he was becoming increasingly withdraw. At home Joshua’s mum and dad were going through a…

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Peer Support

Peer Support

For some time Learning Space had wanted to pilot a peer support scheme and after attending an anti-bullying conference where year 3 children were identified as being particularly vulnerable to a drop in self-esteem we arranged to work with a…

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Sarah, aged 12

Sarah, aged 12

Sarah was first referred to Learning Space half way through her first year at secondary school. She has suffered from chronic health difficulties since birth and was finding the demands of a secondary school very difficult to cope with. She…

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Kieran aged 4

Kieran aged 4

 Jackie was only 17 when her son, Kieran, as born at only 26 weeks. She had to visit him in hospital and medical bulletins implied that if he did manage to survive he would be severely handicapped. Jackie was confused…

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Ryan, aged 11

Ryan, aged 11

Ryan was first referred by his primary school and worked with Learning Space during year 6. His school was worried about how he would cope with the move to secondary school and asked Learning Space to continue to support for…

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Joe, aged 8

Joe, aged 8

 Joe is an only child and lives with both parents. He was referred because of his very angry outbursts at school where he can hurt other children. He had been excluded on two occasions. He usually showed no remorse and…

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