As Learning Mentors, our key role is to champion the needs of children who may be facing barriers to effective learning, both inside and outside the school. We work with pupils, teachers, parents, carers, families, schools and other agencies, to help support and create a stable learning environment.
Areas within school that we particularly focus on include:
- Self-esteem and confidence building
- Social skills
- Study skills
As Learning Mentors we work with children on a one to one basis and in groups. We create and plan a support program with the pupil and go on to develop a one-to-one mentoring relationship aimed at supporting the child’s area of needs.
Some of our tasks include:
- Liaising with staff to identify learners who would benefit from mentoring;
- Helping learners who are underperforming in their subjects on a one-to-one basis outside the classroom;
- Implementing strategies and supporting learners in self-esteem and confidence-building activities;
- Listening to and helping learners resolve a range of issues that are creating barriers to learning;
- Drawing up agreed action plans with learners, outlining the aims of the mentoring, and monitoring their progress;
- Liaising with relevant professionals and individuals
- Providing group activities such as emotional management sessions;
- Helping with the transition of moving to secondary schools
If your child is referred for support we will contact you. The value of positive and active involvement by parents/carers is very important to us. We will then set targets together and create a six week plan. This enables you to talk to your child about their targets and general progress.
In most cases, the staff in school will identify pupils who need support, but, if you as a parent/carer have concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.