The role of Evolve Health Mentors has been praised by Nansen Primary School in Birmingham, which has been moved out of special measures and rated ‘good’ by education watchdog Ofsted.
Five Health Mentors work full time at the 930-pupil school and have been thanked for the part they have played in contributing to the turnaround.
For Nansen, it is the best overall rating the school has ever received from Ofsted in its entire 90-year history. Just two years ago the school was deemed ‘inadequate’.
Health Mentors were brought in last year to complement the work of school staff by providing focused support to disengaged and vulnerable children and improving the health and wellbeing of all pupils. This approach has helped the school to improve its academic performance and the educational outcomes for its pupils.
Interim headteacher Cath Rindl, who will be the permanent head from September, paid tribute to the work of the Health Mentors for their support to her staff and their positive impact on the children.
Mrs Rindl said: “This is incredible news and testament to the hard work of all those involved in the running of Nansen – from the committed teaching staff, governors and everyone at the Trust who place the children at the centre of everything they do.
“This includes Evolve Health Mentors who are a valuable part of the team that have helped us drive the school forward from a difficult position to the positive accolade of being ‘good’.
“In just a short time they have improved the health, fitness, wellbeing and learning of pupils and effectively supported the school staff. Their input has made a real difference.”
“It has been both a challenging yet exciting time working to secure the school’s transformation with the guidance of Ofsted.
“We are lucky to have been given such fantastic support from our pupils’ parents and the wider community to help us sail through what has been a turbulent time to secure a much calmer and successful future.
“And we do not want to stop at ‘good’ – my aim is to create an outstanding academy, which will be one of Birmingham’s top performing primaries.”
Nansen’ School’s Ofsted success made the headlines on the regional BBC television and radio news and the Birmingham Post.
Evolve Managing Director John Bishop said: “We are pleased to have been a part of this fantastic turnaround at Nansen Primary and are looking forward to supporting the school and its remarkable staff in its continued drive to offer the best possible education to pupils and the local community.”
The Ofsted report following an inspection last month highlights several areas in which Evolve staff are involved.
It states: “Effective use of pupil premium funding enables disadvantaged pupils to make strong progress. This funding gives disadvantaged pupils access to targeted support from adults, a range of after-school activities and educational visits, and specialist external support for those with very specific learning needs.”
Activities run by qualified Health mentors include breakfast and after-school clubs, one-to-one mentoring, whole class support, literacy and numeracy, physical activities and sports. They have also trained lunchtime supervisors and run lunchtime activities for all age groups. Pupils also have the chance to participate in a broad range of after-school and lunchtime clubs, such as football, dance, art and cheerleading.
Evolve’s Regional Manager for Nansen Primary School, Ben Gallier, said: “In June 2015 three Health Mentors started working in the school, each for three days per week. They made such a positive impact that this was increased and we now have five Health Mentors all working five days per week.
“Our key remit is to improve behaviour but we also see positive results in improved social skills, confidence and academic progress. Most of all we see smiling children who are full of enthusiasm for their learning.”
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