Learning Mentors support pupils to cope with a range of issues that may impact negatively on their learning and achievement - such as bereavement, attendance, lack of confidence/low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, bullying and peer pressure. Schools mentoring programmes have made a positive contribution to the mainstream provision of schools as a whole, and have had a beneficial effect on the behaviour of individual pupils and their ability to learn achieve. Learning Mentors provide support and guidance to children, young people and those engaged with them. Their work with children and young people promotes effective participation, enhances individual learning and raises aspirations. They are skilled practitioners who work from a strengths-based, person-centred perspective.
The Schools Learning Mentor Apprenticeship and the Induction and Training Programme ensures that all practitioners have the appropriate skills and qualifications to completely carry out the Learning Mentor role. This unique training programme enables participants to also obtain a Level 4 accreditation, which provides higher recognition within the education profession.
All apprenticeships comprise of a 20% off-the-job training element. This must constitute 20% of the apprentices paid working hours and the course length is calculated based on the apprentice working 30 - 40 hours each week.
This course will provide the opportunity to:
- explore the concept and role of the Learning Mentor and how it may enhance the development of children and young people
- clarify the principles and values essential for working with children and young people, including Safeguarding and Health & Safety requirements
- develop the appropriate written and verbal communication skills needed to work with children, young people and other professionals
- build on and gain additional skills to support individual needs of children and young people
- help to create a classroom environment where children and young people are ready to learn