Family Support Assistant


Working together to support children, young people and their families.

Here at Bentham CP School we are constantly reviewing and assessing everything that we do. We have recently created a larger team of pastoral support for our children and families and we now have two Family Support Assistants in our school, who are known as FSA for short. 

This role is here to support you with any worries or concerns you may have about your children or home circumstances while your children are at this school.

Being a parent can be the most rewarding job in the world, but at times it can also be the hardest. Sometimes we just need some support.

During term-time our FSA will work in partnership with parents/carers, school and other agencies to support families, aiming to reduce barriers to learning and prevent future difficulties.

Our aim is to support families and encourage all children to enjoy school and feel happy and secure. 

Who can we help?

¨ children who are experiencing difficult times or are withdrawn or anxious

¨ to support families who are reacting to change, such as parental separation or bereavement

¨ to encourage all children to enjoy school and feel happy and secure

¨ support parents to develop and maintain a positive relationship with the school

¨ work with children on a 1:1 or small group basis

¨ talk with, support and encourage children in school

¨ give the child with difficulties an opportunity to talk about concerns in a confidential and non-judgemental environment

¨ guide you towards other sources of help, advice and support

By quickly and effectively building strong relationships, the Family Support Worker can help solve problems before they become bigger issues.

Meet Mrs Duckett...

Hello, my name is Mrs Duckett and my role here is as a Family Support Assistant at Bentham Community Primary School. I started at Bentham CP School in September 2020 and what a lovely village Primary School it is and I have certainly been made to feel at home.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation it has been a real shame that we cannot invite parents/Carers into school to meet myself therefore I have put together some photos of the Ingleborough Room, which I believe is a lovely homely/working environment for the pupils to access. 

My role here includes supporting families within the school and supporting children who access the Nurture Groups. There are many programmes available here at Bentham, but my focus this year is currently Ginger Bear, Drawing and Talking, Build Me Emotions, Mindful Monsters and Life Skills, which all seem very popular with the children. The groups are all tailored to children's needs.

On a Wednesday after school, myself and Miss Harrison run 'Jigsaw Club', this runs from 3.30-4.30pm and it is a chance for a group of children to relax and take part in numerous different arts and craft activities while enjoying a drink and a biscuit-which always seems popular.

On a Monday and Tuesday lunchtime I also have a 'Chill n Chat' time, this is an opportunity for all children to access the Ingleborough room on their own or with their friends and to have a chat with me or just an opportunity to relax and chill in the Calm Corner. The Calm Corner is an area I have created with children to just allow quiet time, to read a book, access the sensory toys, or have a look in Mrs Duckett's activity trays. 

I really do hope to see all children back in school soon, and hopefully before long we will be able to invite parents/carers into school to have a look themselves.