The WOW Room is a place where children are encouraged to develop socially, emotionally and academically in a safe, supportive and non – judgemental environment.
It provides additional opportunities for children to build resilience and forge positive relationships with peers and adults and to improve their engagement and learning.
Working with key staff across the school, WOW Room staff work on developing and delivering a range of programmes of beneficial activities for each child that addresses specific, identified needs.
Our ultimate aim is to help all children recognise and work towards achieving their academic, social and life goals.
The room also serves a function of being a calming and welcoming place at the start of the school day (and other times) enabling a smooth transition for children coming into school, whether as a place to sit and talk and/or get breakfast.
With regards to mentoring, typical activities may include one or more of the following:
• Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (e.g. work on social and emotional intelligence, self – esteem, friendship, anxiety, etc)
• Mental Health First Aid
• Anger Management
• Therapy through Art
• Gardening and Outdoor Learning
• Lego and play
Hello, my name is Chris Jepson-Brown and I am the Learning Mentor here. I grew up and still live in a village near Rochdale and am married with two young children. When not at work I enjoy a wide range of hobbies, mostly centred on spending time with my family and the ‘great outdoors’. I am a keen hill-walker, wild-camper, fisherman and wildlife photographer. I also thoroughly enjoy reading.
Following my schooling in Rochdale, I completed my A Levels at Hopwood Hall Sixth Form College before going on to complete a BSc (Hons) in Geology at the University of Liverpool, graduating in 2005.
Throughout my working life I have done a variety of roles, including being a countryside ranger at Hollingworth Lake, near Rochdale. I have worked in various roles within the education sector since 2002 and have been a Learning Mentor since 2016.
I enjoy immensely my role here at Blackley as the schools Learning Mentor, as it gives me a real opportunity to get to know the wonderful children I work with (and also those I might not work with directly) on a different level to the classroom and curriculum. Another pleasing aspect is the variety within the role, whether it be working both one to one and with groups on mental health and emotional matters or looking after the school’s pets!
Another key element to my role is the deep involvement with regards to outdoor learning and managing the outdoor area, especially concerning the horticultural aspect of the raised beds and increasing and monitoring biodiversity within the school grounds.