My name is Kate Dack and my role is to work, in collaboration with Early Help, in a preventative outreach capacity, providing first tier support to students within all the Secondary and Primary schools within Stockton.
I have been a secondary teacher and pastoral leader for 18 years. I have worked for Cleveland Police for 12 years as a Special Constable, now Chief Inspector and I am currently a Year Two Psychotherapy student at the Northern Guild.
I provide creative, therapeutic play sessions for individual students or small groups. The sessions are designed to encourage imagination and build resilience and problem solving skills. Through the sessions, students are able to communicate in a safe, non-judgemental environment, which allows them to express their emotions and begin to understand their own behaviours within the school environment. The work is informed and under-pinned by attachment theory.
If you have a pupil who is in need of one-one support in school, either inside or outside the classroom, then we can help. We can tailor make a package that fits around the needs of the pupil and the needs of the school. Using the McSherry Readiness for Reintegration Scale, we can provide a diagnostic to identify areas where the pupil is succeeding in school, and area where the pupil needs additional support. Our team will then work with the pupil, staff and parents to create a transition plan which includes strategies to re-engage the pupil in education.
Our aim is to be preventative, not reactive. We wish to support schools in exploring other avenues of support before exclusion. The students and their success and inclusion in mainstream education, is paramount to all that we do.
If you wish to find out more, please contact myself on 01642 566369.