Learning Mentors work with pupils to help them address barriers (and potential barriers) to learning through supportive 1-1 relationships.
They help pupils develop coping strategies, enhance their motivation, raise their aspirations and encourage them to re-engage in learning. Learning Mentors have to take into account the range of complex issues that usually lay behind problems with learning and achievement (e.g. bereavement, lack of confidence/low self-esteem, low aspirations, mental health issues, relationship difficulties, bullying, peer pressure, family issues/concerns, alcohol/substance use). They offer a sympathetic ear to young people with a range of behavioural, emotional and learning difficulties.
Learning Mentors develop plans of action with the young people they support to help them to overcome barriers to achieving their full potential. They will liaise with Parents/Carers and work closely with other staff and professionals, like Social Workers, Youth Offending Service Workers and Education Welfare Officers, as appropriate.
Our Learning Mentors are Mr Adeyefa and Mr Ayiwone.