Stag Lane Juniors is very fortunate to offer the support of Learning Mentors.
They are attached to specific year groups but they do tend to work across the school depending on the needs of the children.
Each Learning Mentor provides mentoring and support to individuals and groups. Their role is to remove barriers to learning which prevent a child from reaching their full potential. They may work with children who seem demotivated or lacking in self-esteem, have fallen behind with their work or find communication difficult. If the behaviour or persistent absence of a child is causing the teacher concerns, a Learning Mentor may be asked to work with that child to help find out the reasons behind these concerns. In some cases pupils are looked after by non-family members or may be young carers themselves. Some have suffered bereavement; others have difficulties at home.
Their role is varied and below is an overview of some of their responsibilities:
- Discover the reasons behind a child’s underachievement and liaise with parents and key staff.
- Work 1:1 with pupils.
- Group work activities, such as The Caring Group, The Sanctuary, Circle of Friends and pre teaching groups.
- Speech and Language sessions.
- Run pupil drop-in sessions.
- Run after school activities, e.g. homework clubs, Princess Diana Club, Comic Book Club, Gardening Club.
- Lunch time clubs, such as Homework Clubs, Star of the Week Club, Gardening Club and RRSA Steering Group.
- Managing Playground Leaders/Buddies
- Support transition from Infants to Juniors and Juniors to High School.
- Liaise with outside agencies, e.g. Children’s Services, Speech and Language Therapist and Educational Psychology.
- Involved in safeguarding and child protection.
- Involvement with parents through parent workshops and 1:1 parent support.
They provide support either by working with the child outside of the class or within the class to ensure they are transferring their skills acquired by working with the Mentor.
They provide a bespoke service to meet each child’s individual needs. Support can be provided for a specified amount of time or be on-going throughout a child’s schooling.
In addition, the Learning Mentors offer support to parents. This can be through 1:1 support for parents showing how to support their children with learning, leading group parent workshops, and support with completing forms for the child.
If you would like support from the Learning Mentors in helping your child with learning or feel that your child might benefit from support, please contact them on 0208 952 2731 option 3.