What we can offer to you:

 

  • Non-statutory work only!!!!  However, if you really need to write statutory advice for your experience we can arrange this. 
  • Direct work with children and adults using a wide range of assessments.
  • Therapeutic work using a range of approaches.
  • Consultation with individuals, parent, school and workplace.
  • Systemic work with teachers through Group work half-termly SENCO cluster meetings
  • Support to schools, workplace and parents following assessment.
  • Opportunities to deliver INSET for parents and professionals supporting children and adults.
  • Research skills to evaluate and improve outcomes for children and adults.
  • Excellent opportunities for Continued Professional Development, funded by Bridges for Learning. Examples of courses attended this year by current trainees include ACT training, Dynamic Assessment training with Fraser Loughlin, UCL’s Leading Edge Day, Motivational Interviewing and PATHS training. 
  • Small friendly and supportive team with opportunities for Peer Supervision as well a Professional Supervision. 
  • Comfortable office accommodation in Cowes – in walking distance from ferry links to Southampton.
  • Paperless system for admin with electronic appointments made for you and easily accessible but secure data system through our external drive. 
  • Flexible working policy – you only need to work on the Isle of Wight for 2 mornings per week term-time, the remainder of your time is for admin which can be completed at home.
  • Extra financial support for ferry travel.
  • Access to the Bridges for Learning pool car (brand new Honda Jazz) if travelling daily from the mainland by foot passenger. The car is parked outside the office so easily picked up on your arrival from the Red Jet.
  • We have school holidays, so you will not be expected to travel to the Isle of Wight during these periods.
  • Support with your thesis; our schools are very willing to be involved.
  • We have clusters of schools on the Isle of Wight and Surrey which afford a varied and wide-ranging experience.

 

What the Island can offer you:

  • Easy foot passenger transport from Portsmouth (10 mins hovercraft) Southampton (23 minutes) or car ferry 45/ 55 minutes.
  • Beautiful scenery
  • No traffic jams
  • Friendly schools
  • Coastal schools and diversity of need
  • Low crime rate
  • Low rent

 

Exciting current projects:

Working to ensure that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is embedded within our work in schools.  All members of staff have attended accredited courses in ACT to enable a co-ordinated team approach to its delivery.  

Commission to development Attachment Friendly practices to afford change of ethos in a Primary school.

Commission to develop therapeutic work to support LAC pupils in a Secondary School.

Delivery of free training courses for parents of children with SEND delivered through our Community Interest Company.

Development of drop-in sessions for parents of children with SEND in partnership with the Island Locality Co-ordinators.

Staff training to support and promote the development of good mental health through our Applying Psychology in Schools course.

 

 

Our Values:

  • Bringing psychology to communities.
  • Ensuring equality of access for psychological support.
  • Supporting development and learning.
  • Respecting the views of everyone by listening.
  • Helping others to recognise their strengths.
  • Promoting good mental health.

 

Quotes about us:

 

Past Trainees who are now working with us

“Bridges for Learning has provided me with a rich and diverse range of opportunities and experiences both as a Trainee and now as a fully qualified Educational Psychologist.  The supervision I have received has been excellent and Bridges for Learning has been fully supportive of my research; helping to facilitate this within a local specialist setting. I really enjoy being part of a small, friendly and supportive team and the benefits associated with this such as opportunities for joint working. The service is accommodating and supportive of professional interests and the service has enabled me to pursue my interests in specific areas, such as working therapeutically.

Best of all, there is no statutory work!

Please contact Carly Reynolds on clreynolds.b4l@gmail.com for a view as a maingrade Educational Psychologist working for Bridges for Learning.

 

Current Trainee

Please contact Xani Byrne on xbyrne.b4l@gmail.com for a current view of being a Year 2 Trainee at Bridges for Learning.

Pupil

‘The Mindfulness sessions have helped to keep me calm. If I start to become angry, I use some of the breathing techniques I’ve been shown and think about my breathing instead of the thing that has made me angry.’

 

Parent

‘The work carried out by Bridges for Learning helped my child learn about herself and understand how she can manage the times when she is feeling anxious.

She is happier and more confident as a result.’

 

Headteacher

'Staff feel fully supported with strategies and ideas in how to support children in their class with high levels of need, staff always feel that they have got an expert at hand who will listen to their concerns about children and take them seriously, it is easier to highlight and identify on planning what strategies and techniques are to be used with individual children, teachers feel empowered in how to deal with the more complicated children in their class. ‘

 

Primary School SENCo

‘With support we have been able to learn more about attachment disorder and to therefore be able to better understand the behaviour of these children. Their advice and training has been invaluable, including the advice we have been able to pass on to parents. ‘

 

 

 

 

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