We have carried out successful mentoring programmes at many different schools. Children have formed a highly positive relationship with our staff and this has enabled them to respond positively to the programme. We have found that, in most cases, it has also supported children with their attendance at school. Our mentors will find activities that the children enjoy whilst also using it as an opportunity to talk, build trust and confidence.
We have found that some children respond better to mentoring sessions if they are in a small group. They feel more open to talk about their feelings and experiences with others in similar situations. These sessions will involve a variety of activities to boost self esteem and confidence, as well as discussion and debate.
One to One sessions have been highly useful to many schools. We can either act as extra TA support or we can take students out of the classroom to work with. The purpose of the sessions will be tailored to individual children's needs, it may be to boost confidence in a particular subject area, or to help a student who is behind. These sessions could also be done in small groups if teachers and children will find that more beneficial.