Hi,I have a child in my class who suddenly lost his mother (over a year ago),he came to me in September as one of the highest abilities in the class,but I have found that he is struggling recently,particularly in literacy, with work that my lower abilities are tackling successfully. He seems to be lacking in confidence and motivation,I have spoken to him to let him know I have noticed he is struggling, I know he is capable of the work which is why I'm thinking it may be more to do with ongoing emotional issues. It doesn't help that I am an nqt with an extremely challenging year 4 class and so I don't feel that I am giving him as much attention as he needs to get him back on track,I am also struggling with a large class in a very small room and so don't have the option to move him to a lower ability table (something which I am reluctant to do anyway as I don't think that it is an ability issue). Just wondering if anyone has any advice on how I can help this child to work through his issues and achieve his potential?! I am going to speak to my nqt mentor tomorrow to see if he has had any counselling from learning mentors but if anyone has any experience of this and can offer any advice I would really appreciate it! We have parents evening in November but should I try and speak to dad sooner?! Thanks in advance.