Learning mentors work in schools to help underachieving
pupils overcome barriers to learning. Their aim is to
transform young people’s attitudes towards school, help
them gain confidence, and achieve their full potential.
They support children who have a range of social,
emotional and behavioural problems caused by personal
crises in their life like bereavement, bullying, trouble with
the police, and difficulties at home.
Learning mentors work with teachers, pastoral staff and other agencies, such as Connexions or youth justice, under the direction of the head teacher, and are likely to:
Learning mentors usually work school hours. They may
also work in the evenings or weekends, visiting parents,
attending parents' evenings or supporting extra-
curricular activities. Part-time work is available.
Learning mentors are normally school based but may attend meetings at Local Education Authority offices. They are also likely to travel to pupils’ homes.
As a learning mentor you should:
The ‘Excellence in Cities’ programme is a government
initiative seeking to improve schools through learning
support units, city learning centres, learning mentors
and other schemes. As part of this initiative all
secondary schools should have at least one learning
Contact your Local Education Authority ‘Excellence in Cities’ programme, local schools and press for details of school-based opportunities. Also see the LGcareers website for opportunities (see Further Information).
Opportunities for learning mentors are likely to increase as part of the governments Every Child Matters initiative. See the Children’s Workforce Development Council website listed in Further Information for more details about the initiative.
Learning mentors are able to progress to ‘link’ learning mentors and take on the extra responsibilities of being a focal point for agencies and developing good practice. Learning mentors might also progress to learning mentor co-ordinators who may be involved in legal issues, service agreements and integrating services.
Learning mentors may be able to move into other relevant support services roles such as education welfare officer or attendance officer, or into teaching and social work, providing they meet the professional training standards for those occupations.
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