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Discussion in 'Primary' started by BrainJim, Mar 14, 2011.
Are they worth having?
In my class? Noooooo. But we have one at school and she does an invaluable job.
what does she do that is so invaluable?
Meetings are scheduled for before, after school or lunchtimes where possible and the head covers my class if this isn't possible so no cost.
Teejay, our learning mentor has a completely different background, unrelated to teaching but grounded in councelling. This gives her a completely different insight and a different skill set. She does a fantastic job working with vulnerable children and those with barriers to learning. She doesnt want to be a teacher, she does a different job and does it very well.
People like these generally don't achieve very much of worth. Their very presence can elevate many children's difficulties in their minds. These are the sorts that, for example, excuse bad behaviour by re-branding it as "anger management issues", etc.
How, in your view, does "counselling" improve children's learning?