shutterstock 32802922Sarah 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 had been diagnosed with stress by her GP and the aims of the Learning Space intervention were to help her to develop some coping strategies which would hopefully then reduce her increasing levels of stress and anxiety.

Learning Space met every week with Sarah in school and the first few weeks focused on building trust so that she felt comfortable to talk about how she was feeling and the exact difficulties she was facing. When asked how happy she was at school she scaled herself at 2 out of 10.

From then on the solution focused sessions supported her to find her own ways of resolving issues. For example she felt she needed a lot of support for homework and liked the idea of staying after school for homework club; the first time she attended she arrived home really pleased with herself as she had managed to complete all her work and could then enjoy a relaxing evening. The Learning Space sessions looked at ways she could ask for more help and explanation in the classroom as well as how she could improve her organisational skills. Learning Space met with Sarah’s mother at the outset of the programme in order to explore her parents’ best hopes for the programme.

At the beginning of the intervention Sarah lacked a lot of self-confidence – she relied heavily on the adults around her both to express her difficulties and also to put in place measures they thought would resolve her issues. The solution focused methods used by Learning Space helped Sarah find her own voice and encouraged her to think through what she herself could do in order to cope better in school.

Sarah is now performing much better in school and is a lot happier; on a recent scale of happiness in school Sarah put her at a very high 9. Her stress levels are lower – Sarah’s mother reports that although she still shows some signs of anxiety particularly after holidays or weekends, Sarah is now coming into school much more confident and relaxed. She is now able to approach teaching staff positively whenever she needs support.

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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