Working as a Learning Mentor in School

Many schools now employ Learning Mentors who work with children one-to-one or in small groups to support them during their time at school. Learning Mentors try to take an holistic view of the child, considering not only their academic performance in school, but how well they are coping socially, their home environment, and any general stresses or pressures they my be experiencing.

Mentors may undertake a range of responsibilities within school, including:

  • Supporting children who are experiencing difficulties in school – perhaps around keeping up with their class work, completing homework, or experiencing behavioural problems.
  • Running after-school clubs and lunchtime activities
  • Providing extra support for children with poor school attendance
  • Helping children to develop stronger social, emotional or study skills
  • Maintaining contact with a child’s family.

Learning Mentors are a key member of the school team, providing in-depth one-to-one support of the sort that can be difficult for teaching staff to offer in a busy classroom environment. They also often work closely with professionals from other agencies and organisations to ensure children are receiving the most appropriate and effective support to meet their needs.

You can learn more about the work of Learning Mentors at which includes a wide range of articles, advice and courses.

Or learn more about the Borders Connect Mentoring Skills for Schools course:

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