I was working in a school for two years as a learning mentor and I worked in partnership with G for one year and half, my role was to work with pupils of all abilities who needed help to overcome difficulties that were getting in the way of their learning such as family problems, bereavement, bullying, low self-confidence or poor study skills.
As a learning mentor we have to identify any difficulties that are preventing the young person from reaching their full potential and agreeing targets for attendance, academic achievement, timekeeping, homework, help pupils with study skills, revision and examination techniques, and develop anti-bullying tactics.
We also develop personnel skills to improve self-confidence, self-esteem, and resilience, offering emotional support and motivation, supporting young people through personnel crises, helping pupils to modify their behaviour using techniques such as anger management, working closely with teachers and other professionals, pupils' families and others, running clubs and drop-in sessions for pupils and their parents or carers, developing action plans, producing reports, case notes and monitoring pupils’ progress (Fletcher, 2000).
G is 15 years old and attends a secondary school. During her childhood G had some difficulties and at age of 9 she h...
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...tion for Every Child Matters and the five outcomes are central to the work of learning mentors such as be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution, and achievement economic well-being.
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