PSA: Parent Support Advisor
Parenting is not an easy job and it doesn’t come with a handbook!
Mrs Cordaro is our PSA. Her role is to help and give advice about many issues facing parents today. It
would be hard to make a definitive list but she will help with such issues as:
• Difficult behaviour at home
• Settling in and times of transition
• Helping your child through divorce and separation, particularly when it is hard to co-parent because relationships are difficult
• Coping with bereavement and trauma
• Dealing with friendship worries and much more.
• Accessing support when families face a wide range of issues such as: eviction, unemployment, domestic violence, mental health crises.
In addition to working with individual families, the PSA also organises parenting courses on a variety of issues, some in response to issues that arise, some in response to parental requests and some of general interest. Sometimes, parents from other local schools schools join in.
Recent short courses have been about:
Coping with the transition from Reception to Year One (often harder for parents than children!)
How to talk to your pre-teen about sex and relationships
Positive handling of negative behaviour
Keeping your child safe on the Internet
Longer course have been:
Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities’ a thirteen week general parenting course. Because of positive feedback and popular request, this course will be repeated each year.
Mrs Cordaro also facilitates social events and informal, mutual support groups.
The PSA also liaises with the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) on issues relating to attendance and punctuality. When a child’s attendance or punctuality becomes a concern, the first contact will usually be Mrs Cordaro.
Mrs Cordaro is usually in the playground before school. You can speak to her directly there or you can phone the office to make an appointment.
Mrs Cordaro currently works 2 ½ days a week although, in cases of real emergency, she may keep in contact when she is not officially working.
In her role as PSA, Mrs Cordaro will sometimes organise meetings and events. See below for details.
Please return any information slips by downlaoding and printing the letter, then return to the office.
There will be a few copies in the office for those of you without printers.
Letters are also available through the school letters area.