Garratt Park School has three learning mentors. Kaz Islam is the lead learning mentor, and the other learning mentors are Shakeel Richardson and Terry Avern.
Our role is to liaise with teachers and other staff members to help address the needs of our students who need help to overcome barriers to learning, in order to achieve their full potential.
Our role is very broad and needs to be flexible to respond to a variety of needs and situations, we primarily:
- Provide support and guidance to young people by helping to remove barriers to learning in order to promote effective participation, develop individual learning, raise aspirations and achieve their full potential.
- Promote effective transition of pupils between key stages and college.
- Develop and maintain appropriate contact with the families and carers of young people who have identified needs.
Barriers to learning may include:
- Pupils at risk of exclusion
- Pupils with social and emotional needs
- A need to raise levels of self-esteem and confidence
- Dealing with bereavement
- Difficulties during transition periods
- Lack of parental understanding and involvement
- Bullies and those who are victims of bullying
- Offering emotional support and motivation
- Supporting young people through personal crisis
Learning Mentor strategies and intervention for student support may include:
- Meeting students on a regular basis to monitor progress in learning.
- Supporting students to improve their attendance and punctuality.
- Providing opportunities to develop and promote self-esteem and social skills.
- Liaising with families to strengthen home/school links.
- Providing opportunities for students to talk in confidence (within the framework of the school policy for disclosure and safe guarding).
We have also started to run parent/carer support programmes
- CYGNET – This programme is specifically aimed at supporting parents/carers understand the Autistic needs of their children.
- SFSC (Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities) - The sessions aim to help families build upon their parenting skills and help to support and promote stronger positive relationships within the family.
- Online Safety – Making parent/carers aware of the potential risks and dangers of using the internet and how to keep children safe online.