A Learning Mentor is:
- A role model - An active listener - An observer - An encourager - A professional friend - A guide - A challenger of assumptions - A target negotiator - A mediator and realistic supporter for pupils, parents and staff - A reliable, approachable and non-judgmental person.
Every child has a right to benefit from the educational opportunities school offers. However some face significant barriers to their learning, either short-term or long-term. When problems occur, extra support and guidance may be needed and in these circumstances our Learning Mentor will :
*work with teaching and other staff to identify those needing extra help to overcome barriers to learning; drawing up and implementing an action plan for each child needing particular support and developing one-to-one supportive relationships with each child aimed at achieving goals defined in the plan;
* maintain regular contact with families/carers of children receiving support and encourage positive family involvement in each child’s learning;
* build up a full knowledge of the range of support available for pupils and act as the single point of contact for accessing this support;
* work with one-to-one individual support, in group work in or out of class and play activities and liaise with parents, teachers and outside agencies;
* observe, plan, negotiate, set targets, encourage and monitor.
Help can be provided for anger, anxiety, low aspirations, low attainment, attendance problems, behaviour problems, bereavement, weak concentration, low motivation, low self-esteem, separation, weak social skills, transition between schools or underachievement.
It is very important that families and school work together so parents/carers will be contacted early and kept informed throughout the mentoring period. Our Learning Mentor will liaise with parents/carers over any monitoring/reward system and offer help through links to other support agencies.
We have had a fab term so far this term, with the children working very hard.
Just a reminder, that there will be no Spy Kids next term, but it will return after the Easter holidays 2016.
Have a lovely Christmas and a peaceful New Year