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Parent Support Adviser

The Mental Health Support Teams in Schools are pleased to be running a programme of free online workshops for parents to aid their understanding of how they can best support their child’s mental wellbeing.


 They are targeting their support to parents of primary and secondary students , as we know some parents will have children in both primary and secondary settings. The webinars are free, and open to all.

For Information, and to book our sessions for Primary School Students, parents can follow this link: or simply search “wellbeing webinars for parents of primary age children” on

For Information, and to book our sessions for Secondary School Students, parents can follow this link; or simply search “wellbeing webinars for parents of year 7-13” on

Mental Health Wellbeing Webinar

Hello!  My name is Deirdre Kane and I am the Parent Support Adviser here at Drake Primary School.



My role in school is to provide support, advice and information to the families within our school community. I can help you with any worries that you may have in relation to your child's education, behaviour and wellbeing. We understand that many children and families experience difficult times which can make a happy, successful school and home life a struggle.  I am also here as someone to talk to if you need it!

At Drake Primary the emotional welfare of our pupils is of the greatest importance and having a dedicated Family Support Worker enables these issues to be given the time and care needed to be sensitively and compassionately worked through together.

Advice and support is confidential although concerns relating to the safeguarding of children will always be dealt with in accordance with the school's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.  I may not have all the answers, but hopefully I can help you to work out how to find them!

We seek to break down the barriers to learning and help you to deal with challenges in a positive way so that all children can be successful and make good progress.


Support for pupils includes:

Promoting good attendance and punctuality.

Promoting self-esteem and confidence.

Promoting positive behaviour and positive attitudes to learning.

Providing one-to-one support.


Support for families includes:

Providing information and signposting to other services in the local area.

Leasing with a range of external services such as housing and Social Care.

Assistance in completing paperwork and forms e.g. housing, special educational needs, school places and benefits.

Attendance and support at school and other agency meetings.

Advice and support in promoting positive behaviour at home.

We believe that parents are the child’s first educators and we aim to build on the skills you and your child have explored together at home.  When we work in partnership with you we can have a positive impact on children’s development and learning.  So please tell the staff about your child’s achievements, their strengths, needs and anything else that you feel will help us support your child. We want your child to feel happy and secure and we welcome everyone.


Looking forward to getting to know you all.

Ms D Kane


I can be contacted throughout the school week at the main office: 01842 762055 or by email at