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Learning Mentors and Pastoral Support Worker.

A message from your Learning Mentors and Pastoral Support Worker


Portsdown Primary school currently employs two Learning Mentors; Mrs Blades and Mrs Jordan.

Our role is to 'Remove the barriers to learning' which prevent a child from reaching their full potential. 

We support all our pupils, however, there are times when some of our pupils may find their friendships, confidence, emotions, feelings or behaviour overwhelming.

Through discussions with staff, parents and the pupil, we will develop a bespoke service to meet each child's individual needs.

This support can be provided for a specific amount of time or on-going throughout a child's education and can be delivered through 1:1 support, group work outside of the classroom as well as in-class support. 

We believe in building strong honest relationships with our pupils and our parents.

We also run after school clubs that encourage confidence and self esteem which in turn helps to build friendships.

If you would like any more information, advice or simply a chat please feel free to come and talk to us.

Mrs Blades and Mrs Jordan.

Or contact us via our emails:





We have both completed the following training;

Accredited Learning Mentor training.

Foundation degree in Learning Support

 Emotional First Aid,

Emotional Coaching,

Emotional literacy

Restorative Practices and

Team Teach.


 Mrs. Blades is trained in Loss Companions this enables her to help  and support our children and family's through their bereavement. Loss can come in many forms for example; death of a loved one, family pets, divorce, moving home and moving to a new school. Mrs. Blades is Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion for the school.

If you would like any more information please contact Mrs. Blades.


Portsdown Primary Pastoral Support Worker Mr. Hurry.

My role is  to support pupils finding it difficult engaging in class. I will work with individuals in their classrooms to support them access their learning as well as helping them to develop personal strategies to manage their behaviour.


My training

Circle of Friends.

Attention Autism.

Team Teach


I also run Portsdown's  After School Football Club