Parent Support Advisor (PSA)
My name is Jo Ledger and I am the Parent Support Advisor at Sir James Smith’s. This is a new post which is a trial and will run until the end of this Academic Year. Due to the limited time available, I can only work with Year 10 and Year 11 parents/carers. If NCLT gets funding for the next school year and beyond, I will be able to work with all Year Groups within Sir Jim's. I also have close times with Emma Williams who is the PSA at the primary schools.
I am here to support you and your child to get the very best from school by providing support, advice and information.
I do this by:
- Working with parents and carers to try and help with issues concerning their children’s behaviour or school attendance.
- Working in partnership with parents and carers and school, helping to access any further services a family may need.
- Working with parents and carers to try to make sure their children are getting the most out of school and are safe and happy.
- Helping parents and carers with other issues of concern.
Due to my dual roles as your PSA and Careers Lead, I will also be able to help your child with thinking about their future after school; Post 16, Apprenticeship and the World of Work.
You can contact me via email or on the number below:
- Email: PSA@sirjamessmiths.cornwall.sch.uk
- Tel: 01840 213274
What does a Parent Support Advisor do?
The service is confidential and can support you with:
- Parental/family concerns
- Acting as a link between home and school.
- Going to meetings with you eg class teacher or Education Welfare Officer
- Behaviour management
- Transition (moving) through schools
- Parent confidence building and emotional wellbeing
- Child/parent relationship breakdown.
You may feel that you just want to have a relaxed chat over a cup of coffee with someone that understands the pressures on parents and carers today.
How does a Parent Support Advisor work?
Parent Support Advisors give support to families in many different ways including:
- Someone to listen
- One to one contact
- Meeting with/in school or off-site
- Parenting courses
- Various parenting workshops
- Accessing Adult Education classes
- Support in referring on to other/ more appropriate services
- Telephone/text and email.
When might you need to use a Parent Support Advisor?
- "I have a question about parenting"
- "I need help getting my children to school on time"
- "I'm worried about parents evening"
- "My child's behaviour is getting out of hand"
- “I am worried about social media”
- "I'm worried my child is being bullied"
- "I'm struggling since my partner left, what can I do?"
- "I'm not sure how to talk to my child/ren"
- "I would like someone to talk to...."