What do we do in schools?
An east to west Schools Relational Support Worker (SRSW) is based in a school and builds supportive relationships with students. The non-teacher, non-student nature of the role allows for a unique relationship to be formed where confidence is central and advice and support can be offered. The Relational Support Workers are involved in a wide variety of activities aimed at increasing the emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of young people.
"What has changed since east to west started in the school is the flexibility to meet the needs of the students." Richard Pilgrim, Co-Head Teacher, Charters School
"east to west has allowed those students that might be shy, lacking in confidence, lacking self esteem or worse face their issues [and] with guided support." Kathy Janzan, Deputy Head, The Magna Carta School
"We are more successful as a school because of east to west." Tim Smith, Head Teacher, The Magna Carta School
Charters School: Affy Harris and Carolyn Shaw
Supporting young people through relationship is a real passion for us. We spend our time supporting young people who are experiencing a wide range of emotions from loss or confusion to anger or despair.
We enable young people to voice the worries, troubles and concerns that all too often plague their lives, giving them the space to think creatively about how they could move forward and how they could process problems at times when life doesn't quite make sense. Group work has grown and we now offer various courses across the school year groups such as Self Esteem, Anger and Behaviour Management, New Students, Yr11 GCSE support groups as well as responsive / tailored courses meeting presented needs.