Name: Lucille Barton
Job role: Learning Mentor
School: St. Bernards Primary School, Preston
Bio: GCSEs – Maths, English, Business Studies
Level 3 Teaching Assistants
I am a learning mentor at St Bernard's Primary School in Preston. I love my job. There's never a dull moment! No two days are ever the same.
I have GCSE qualifications in Maths, English and Business Studies. I have also acquired Level 3 for teaching assistants (now replaced by Level 3 QCF qualifications in Supporting Teaching and Learning). As a learning mentor, I need to have a great deal of empathy and patience with pupils and their families in all sorts of situations.
I am constantly trying to improve my ability to communicate effectively. There is a child in Reception with Down's Syndrome who uses British Sign Language. I have recently been on a signing course, organised by UNISON, so that I can better meet the child's needs.
In addition I have done training in behaviours, speech, language and first aid. The school have been great in helping with financial support for my training.