Mentoring

Mentoring Staff

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Mentoring Poster

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Mentoring Intervention Policy

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Our ‘Making a Difference through Mentoring’ programmes at King’s are recognised for their excellence through the quality assurance kite mark from the Mentoring & Befriending Foundation. Our school is used nationally as a case study of best practice and the NM&BF standard reflects the hard work of the whole Mentoring Intervention team.

Mentoring in its variety of forms – peer, volunteer, business – continues to flourish and have a significant impact, not only on those young people in need of extra support, but also on those who give freely of their time to work as mentors for the school.

We welcome this opportunity to share some of our work with you and encourage you to contact the school should you wish to offer your services in this successful and worthwhile programme.

The team recruits new Mentors from parents/friends of the school and local businesses as well as new Peer Mentors each year from the Year 10 cohort.The main attributes required for mentors is that they are good listeners, interested in young people and want to make a difference. It is desirable, but not essential and that adult mentors should have some experience of previous work with young people, are able to meet the minimum time requirement, feel that they are able to offer long-term commitment and are willing to undergo a DBS check in line with current laws.

The overall aims of our mentoring programmes are to: raise standards, achievement and aspirations by identifying students with particular needs;

 provide extra one to one support with volunteer mentors; this also helps to develop student/adult relationships,

 develop mentors’ skills through various training courses.
Our Mentoring programmes are aimed at KS3/4 students who require extra support in order for them to
achieve their full potential. The programme initially began as a pilot in 2002 with volunteer mentors being recruited from parents and friends to offer one-to-one support to Year 8 students to help identify and address reasons for underachievement. Since then the programme has been developed to include all year groups and in 2005 was further extended to include business mentoring with KS4 students using mentors recruited from the local business community.

Peer MentoringPeer Mentors from Year 10/11 meet once per week with chosen Year 7/8 students who need some support with organisation, homework etc.

Volunteer Mentoring

Adult volunteer mentors meet with their mentees from all year groups usually once per fortnight to offer support and guidance.

Business Mentoring

Adult Business mentors meet with their mentees from Year 10 and 11 usually twice per half term to offer guidance and support for students as they reach their GCSE years and as they plan for their future education and careers.

Student Drop-in

Each morning in BOB1 from 8.40am to 9.10am. To offer guidance for students needing some support for a
variety of reasons.

More intensive support is available in school from our experienced Mentoring Intervention team and is
accessed through the school Pastoral Support network.