Role of the Learning Mentor
Mentoring is used at The Kimberley School to support students who are underachieving for a variety of reasons, and to raise attainment and aspirations. The ultimate aim of the Learning Mentor is to support students to achieve to their full potential, thus maximising their life opportunities. Mentors work closely with teaching staff, pastoral staff and parents/carers, to ensure a cohesive approach.
All students receiving intervention from the Learning Mentor team are in receipt of Pupil Premium funding*. Students are selected for mentoring based on attainment data, which is collated by teaching staff on a regular basis. Students who are underachieving in one or more of the core subjects at Key Stage 3, or any subjects at Key Stage 4 are considered for support.
*Pupil Premium is additional funding paid to schools in respect of students who have been registered for free school meals in the last six years, been looked after children for more than six months or are children of service personnel.
Types of Intervention
Mentoring is implemented in a variety of guises, governed by the individual needs of the student:
- One-to-one and small group withdrawal (Key Stage 3 only), for additional literacy and numeracy interventions to raise attainment across the curriculum
- In-class support (Key Stages 3 and 4), to raise the attainment of students who are underachieving in specific subjects
- Increased input for preparing for controlled assessments, coursework and exams (Key Stage 4 only),
- 1:1 reading interventions (KS3 only), such as Lexia and Switch On Reading, to boost the reading levels of students who are underachieving in English
Mentoring is a planned and targeted intervention, proven to have a significant impact on the academic progress of students. This impact is carefully tracked and analysed, and data shared with Governors on a regular basis. Impact data is also looked at by OFSTED, and is critical in evidencing the effective use of Pupil Premium funding.