Children & Young People

English Tutoring for Anxious Children & Young People

Many young people struggle in school for a variety of reasons;  social anxiety, the pace and noise of the school environment, the ever changing routine and the academic pressures they face.

Many students may also feel they have missed out on important school time due to the pandemic, and they may also feel more anxious about attending school and facing the unavoidable ongoing change of teaching and assessment arrangements. Social networks and friendships have changed during lockdowns and changes to clubs and extra curricular activities have also had an impact.

What Can We Offer?

We can offer 121 weekly tuition sessions for English Literature and Language, taught online or in person, taught by Kate Wixon.

Kate has experience of working with Secondary School aged students of all levels of ability to teach English, Literature and Drama, for over 25 years. She has also run a Speech and Language/Cognition and Learning Resource Base to help students overcome barriers to learning due to difficulties in communication skills, literacy, attention, and obstacles linked with ASC. Recently, she has been tutoring year 10 and 11 students, who are not in school, to prepare them for English Language GCSE assessments/exams and to build confidence in writing skills, analysis of text and quality of written response.

Sessions focus on reading, understanding, expressing ideas and opinions orally and in writing, and developing creative writing skills. Increasing self-assurance and accuracy in reading and writing is beneficial to all subjects and will help develop understanding of all written text and clarity of expression. Lessons are taught as 1:1 lessons, either on Zoom or in person and are usually on a weekly basis.

If you are interested in more information, please contact our office.

Low Cost Counselling for Children & Young People

Meridian Counselling Services offers low cost in-person and online counselling and psychotherapy services for children and young people up to the age of 18. Unlike our adult services, access to therapies for children and young people are limited due to therapist availability and waiting lists.   If you are interested in our counselling services for children and young people, please contact our office for further information.

Mindfulness Classes for Children

Being Mindful means being in the present moment, fully present, aware of what is happening around and within us. We all have the ability to be mindful and in fact we can usually observe mindfulness in the way that young children interact with their environment, in the moment and interested in their surroundings. As we get older, we can forget how to be mindful and spend a lot of time thinking about the past, or worrying about the future, and this can lead to lower levels of enjoyment, low mood, anxiety and stress. Mindfulness at the Meridian Centre includes meditations, gentle yoga based mindful movement, and education about living mindfully.
Sessions are split into 3 sections where you will learn the following: Breathing exercises, different meditation techniques and stretches to aid relaxation.

Benefits: Reduces anxiety, helps to manage anger, helps to let go of negative thoughts, increases focus, helps to manage panic attacks, lifts mood, helps to cope with depression, relaxes, clears the mind, helps to promote good sleeping. Bring: A yoga mat and blanket [there are some to borrow if you need to]. Wear: Comfortable, warm clothes and thick socks.

Childrens’ Mindfulness Classes : Tuesdays 4.30pm – 5.30pm Cost: £10 [£5 reduced rate]

Childrens’ Mindfulness Classes : Wednesdays 4.30pm – 5.30pm Cost: £10 [£5 reduced rate]