Children We Help

  • MT has been at a local secondary comprehensive school since he was 11. He is now 13 and suffering from social anxiety problems which means that he is frightened to go to school because he feels inadequate in a group. He finds the work fairly easy but has to go to a ‘time-out’ room during every break and at the beginning and end of the day until he is collected. When he talks about school he always refers to the mechanism of school rather than the learning. The project will concentrate on helping him to relax, reducing the amount of times he feels the need to withdraw to a room by himself. He will then be encouraged to start joining in, making some aural contributions during the classes.
  • FJ went to a private prep school and then following his parents’ divorce he went to a large public school on a major bursary. The change in environment affected his ability to concentrate and his wellbeing plummeted. Eventually it got to the point where he was being given reports which all said he must try harder and he was achieving very low marks in all areas. He had increasingly strong feelings of failure. The project will concentrate first on his self-esteem and then work on encouraging him to understand his real level academically and build on that.
  • LO tried to go to school for a term in 2010 but felt there was a ’gang mentality’ and was extremely unhappy. He was home-schooled before that and was not used to large groups. He was unsure as to which skills were up to date and which he had gaps that needed to be filled. Aged 16 he was aware that to move forward he would need GCSEs but did not feel able to access them too many at a time. The project help him to catch up with the maths that he has missed and facilitate Food Tech and Nutrition GCSE with AQA board and Spanish GCSE with the Edexcel board together with other general courses with a view to adding future GCSEs.
  • NC spent some time at a Steiner school but was unhappy, partly because he has an intellect beyond his years and he was not being stretched. He ended up at home and it was a struggle for his parents to educate him appropriately. As he is only 10 he could not be left at home while they were out at work and he was suffering socially as well. The project will concentrate on re-socialising him with his peer group and provide enough competition to re-ignite his learning.
  • AR felt bullied at a primary school and his self-esteem was very low. His parents did not feel able to force him to continue to attend school where he was so unhappy. They tried to teach him at home with some success however they felt support was needed to allow him to progress as he should at secondary level. The project will allow him to ease from independent sporadic learning to achieving academic potential within small groups. He will be mentored to enable him to access core subjects and exams that he will need as an adult. It will also concentrate on helping him to develop his empathy and communication with others.
  • PJ has anxiety problems and is given to tantrums inappropriate to his 11 years. He became very unpopular in his primary school and reacted by refusing to undertake any academic work, eventually refusing to attend school at all. The project will give him focused support to reduce the instances of tantrumming, and deliver constant praise for the work he is able to achieve, encouraging him to show his potential.

 

  • The Montessori child led approach has been instrumental in my daughters development. She is now a child who is receptive to learning, and who looks forward to attending school everyday. For me, it has been such an immense joy to see what was her severe anxiety melt into happiness and calm, this is just exactly what a positive learning experience should be. I cannot thank the Montessori school enough for their care and attention, and I look forward to watching my daughters continued development

 

  • From being to scared to go to school, isolating himself and becoming more and more withdrawn, my son will now engage in lessons, has taken part in the school play and actually looks forward to physical education