Mentoring

Values, Principles and Behaviours for Supporting Pupils at KS4

  • Believing that change is possible
  • Effective support is based on good trusting relationships
  • Having a holistic view of the young person
  • Listening to the pupil’s perspective, valuing the voice of the young person
  • Recognising that self esteem and resilience are essential to development
  • Working with clear systems in place at the St. David’s Centre
  • Acknowledging that the learning context sometimes needs to change
  • Recognising parents and carers are the young person’s first and most enduring educators
  • Knowing when a pupil needs a significant person in their school life to guide and support them
  • While respecting confidentiality, keeping the young person’s safety and welfare paramount
  • Understanding that positive behaviour management is essential to a pupil’s wellbeing
  • Praise is a great motivator and helps young people to feel happy and welcome
  • Being committed to working in partnership with colleagues and parents
  • Knowing when to signpost or refer pupils to access other agencies to ensure support is comprehensive

The Work of the Personal Mentor includes:

  • Developing one-to-one mentoring relationships with pupils
  • Agreeing targets for attendance and timekeeping
  • Providing emotional support
  • Helping pupils to modify their behaviour in the Centre
  • Encouraging young people to build constructive relationships with staff and fellow pupils
  • Working with pupils’ families, acting as an initial point of contact for them
  • Reporting to parents, to discuss concerns or pass on good news
  • Representing the young person at meetings with parents, professional reviews etc
  • Working closely with the Manager of Attendance and Inclusion
  • Signposting where extra support is needed to the KS4 Leadership Team

Potential Outcomes of Mentoring

  • Improved attendance and punctuality
  • Engaged with learning
  • Positive self esteem and increased confidence
  • Ability to build relationships, making and mending friendships
  • Active, participating learners
  • Motivated and focused
  • Feeling supported at school and in their home life
  • Resilient young people able to cope well with difficult situations
  • Feeling safe and having welfare issues addressed
  • Managing behaviour and making positive choices
  • Able to make decisions about their future career path
  • Responsible attitudes towards relationships and health
  • Take an active part in British Society