Mrs Battersby is the learning mentor at St William's and can be contacted via the office. The role of a learning mentor is varied and compliments the pastoral care given by all staff members.
What is a Learning Mentor?
The DFE definition of a Learning Mentor is: ‘To provide support and guidance to children, and those engaged with them, by removing barriers to learning in order to promote effective participation, enhance individual learning, raise aspirations and achieve their potential.’ A barrier to learning is any factor that prevents a child being in a suitable emotional physical or psychological state to engage in their lessons and learn. Barriers impact on behaviour, extreme behaviour can be managed by recognising, working with and lowering the barrier. Intervention may be significant, medium, infrequent or incidental.
Barriers to learning may include
Specific learning difficulties
Trauma Mobility /Transition/moving schools
Looked after children
Social Skills/showing emotions
Self esteem/self confidence
Gifted and Talented
Vulnerable – need someone to talk to
How will these children be supported?
Sessions 1-1 group work/circle time
extra curricular activities (extended schools) mediation
Who will identify these children?
Concern from any member of staff
Head Teacher/Inclusion Manager Parents/Guardians
What is the mentoring procedure?
Observation /home visit/ Pupil/staff/parent/agency questionnaire Agencies consulted if necessary
SMART targets/desired outcome
Exit mentoring/ discussion evaluation follow up