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IMPORTANT APPOINTMENT: School in Bushey hires welfare officer to help care for pupils

 Published on: 18th January 2022   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

St Margaret’s School in Bushey has appointed a new welfare officer to provide tailored, professional support to pupils who are struggling with barriers to learning. 

The impact of the pandemic has seen a significant rise in the number of children experiencing anxiety and other mental health concerns, which is affecting their ability to learn in school. 

New welfare officer, Claire Weldon (pictured), has worked with children and young people of all ages for many years now.  

Previously a primary school teacher, she also trained as a hospital play specialist working with young people in and out of hospitals, using play as a therapeutic tool. 

She then worked in further education providing pastoral and welfare support to college students. 

Ms Weldon said: “I’m delighted to have joined the team at St Margaret’s and am looking forward to working with our pupils.  

“For me, it has always been important to work in an environment that places children’s welfare at the heart of everything. 

“Essentially, my role is to help any child who feels worried, upset or anxious in school.” 

As she progresses in her new role, Ms Weldon is also keen to ensure that pupils develop more clarity in understanding their own personal needs and that they are nurtured to advocate for themselves. 

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