At Hadley Wood, our Learning Mentor provides support and guidance to children to help them overcome social, emotional and behavioural problems which act as a barrier to learning.
Mrs Davies joined the Hadley Wood team in January 2021.
The barriers to learning can be wide ranging and often very personal to the individual pupil. These problems can manifest themselves in challenging behaviour, being unable to control strong feelings, bullying or disengagement from learning and participation.
Our Learning Mentor’s role is to help identify and target pupils at risk of disaffection and help them to identify and address what is getting in the way of their learning. Through mentoring, one to one, small groups, such as friendship and anger management, individual interventions are carefully planned for each child to improve their social skills.
Children who find learning difficult are supported both within the classroom and through targeted interventions in order to enable them to overcome their barrier to learning. Strategies are given to each child to allow them to manage difficulties which helps to build up their confidence.
What is a Learning Mentor?
Our Learning Mentor works within our school to help children and families with any difficulties they may be experiencing. They are there to listen, offer support and practical advice and promote our core Values. They are informal educators.
A Learning Mentor is here to:
- Offer support
- Promote positive behaviour
- Offer encouragement and build self-esteem, resilience and confidence
- Identify the barriers to learning and set targets
Who does the Learning Mentor work with?
- Individuals and groups of children
- Teachers and other members of staff i.e. support staff
- External agencies such as; Social Services, Police, Health Professionals, Education Welfare Service, Sure Start, School Doctor/Nurse/ CAMHS/ Trinity Hospice / Children’s centre
The Role of the Family Learning Mentor
- Build confidence, raise self-esteem, build resilience and motivation
- Improve social skills, form relationships with friends, family and staff
- Improve attendance and punctuality
- Remove barriers to learning
- Help children to achieve their potential
- Support the Inclusion Manager with strengthening communication links between home and school
- More effective and efficient communication between parents/carers, teachers and outside agencies
- Effective pastoral care
- Reduction in anti-social behaviour
Which children are likely to benefit?
There are many children within our school who we feel would benefit from being supported by the Learning Mentor, especially those who receive no extra support out of school.
These children include:
- Children who need support with social skills and relationships
- Children with specific needs – attachment disorder/ neglect issues etc.
- Poor attendees and/or late
- Lack of resilience, self-esteem/motivation /confidence
- Who have difficulties at home – (e.g. financial worries, anxiety/ stress/ mental health issues/ relationship breakdowns etc.)
- Are ‘looked after’ children
- Children with behavioural needs
- Victims of abuse
- Medical problems
- Children with emotional needs
What strategies does the Learning Mentor use to help a child further or reach their full potential?
- 1:1 mentoring session to discuss problems and address how these may be overcome
- Individual sessions focusing on particular issues such as behaviour, bullying, attendance etc.
- Group activities – focussing on specific areas – such as resilience, self-esteem, friendships etc.
- Utilisation of Childs own hobbies or interests to enhance performance
- Peer mentoring and the buddy system
In collaboration with the Inclusion Manager, liaise with parents and other agencies where necessary
Mrs Davies is available both before and after school, please make an appointment via the office if you wish to speak with her about your child.