Rothwell Primary School
Carlton Lane, Rothwell, Leeds, LS26 0DJ 0113 386 2570

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Dear Parents/carer,
I am writing to introduce myself and my role as Foundation Stage and KS1 Learning Mentor, which will coincide with my current role of Higher Level Teaching Assistant.
I have been working at Rothwell Primary School for 18 years, primarily as an Early Years Practitioner. Within this time I have witnessed various changes. This has given me the opportunity to experience many varying roles within school, which have all helped further my knowledge and experience, especially within Early Years.
As a Learning Mentor I can offer support, guidance and advice to families and children, particularly in Foundation Stage up to Year 2, who require assistance in overcoming barriers to learning in order to achieve their full potential at Rothwell Primary.
Barriers to Learning
A barrier to learning is any factor that prevents a child from being in a suitable emotional, physical or psychological state to engage in their learning.
Some examples of these barriers are:
  • Family difficulties
  • Lack of social skills
  • Friendship problems
  • Lack of confidence, low self esteem
  • Anger Management
  • Medical needs
  • Absences from school
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Dealing with emotion
  • I can work with both children and their families trying to help make a difference to their education, when home life or their classroom experience becomes a little difficult. Please let me know, or a member of staff, if things change at home that may impact on your child’s learning.

    I liaise with teachers, other staff and particularly work closely with Mrs Brooks, our existing KS2 Learning Mentor in school, to help address any of these emotional or academic needs. I can support children on their own or in small groups. I will be available on a Tuesday to Friday, before, during or after school until 4.30pm. If you would like to arrange to speak to me about specific concerns or an informal chat, please do not hesitate to come and see me. You can also make an appointment, by calling the school number or email me at


    Many thanks

    Kind Regards

    Tracy Andrews