“Learning mentors support, motivate and challenge pupils who are underachieving. They help pupils overcome barriers to learning caused by social, emotional and behavioural problems.” [DfE]
My name is Carol Elliott and my role is mainly to work with children who experience ‘barriers to learning’, including poor literacy/numeracy skills, underperformance against potential, poor attendance, disaffection, danger of exclusion, difficult family circumstances and low self-esteem. I am a good listener and my door is always open to pupils to come and talk to me.
I may also do the following:
Identify, in association with school staff, pupils who would benefit from mentoring.
Liaise with parents and carers to promote a mutually respectful relationship with the school.
Help pupils who are underperforming in their subjects on a one-to-one basis outside the classroom.
Implement strategies and supporting pupils in confidence-building activities. One of these is to ‘interview’ and ‘recruit’ current Year 5 pupils to become buddies for younger pupils in September.
I listen to and help pupils resolve a range of issues that are creating barriers to learning.
Manage transition especially for Year 6’s going to Secondary school.
And …. much more as well.