Here at Cubitt Town, we are lucky to have two Learning Mentors: Ms. Karen Ward and Mrs. Rupia Begum.
Our Learning Mentors can often be found in the school entrance in the morning or you can ask at the school office to make an appointment to meet them.
A Learning Mentor is:
- An active listener
- A positive role model
- A guide
- A source of information
- A non-judgmental supporter
- An observer
- An encourager
- A professional friend
A Learning Mentor is not:
- A councillor
- A Teaching Assistant
- A disciplinarian
- A person who a child is sent to when naughty
A Learning Mentor helps to support children in the school to overcome any issues that might be stopping them from engaging in school and with their learning. They work with children to help them realise their potential and raise their achievement, as well as supporting children with social and emotional challenges and being someone that children can talk to if they need to. Learning Mentors can also support children's parents and carers with any issues that are affecting the family's home life or in supporting their children.
Our Learning Mentors work across the school with children from Year 3 to Year 6, supporting children with their emotional, social and behavioural learning.
They provide 1.1 sessions, group sessions, support during break and lunch times and also work with children in class.
- Listening to children and discussing anything that is worrying them.
- Help to Increase motivation
- Help to developing emotional literacy
- Help to developing coping strategies, emotions and anger management
- Help building resilience
- Encouraging children to do their best in school and setting targets
- Help to raise a child's confidence and self-esteem
- Help to developing social skills and helping to manage friendship issues
Another important part of the Learning Mentor is to provide support and information for the parents at school.
Children often benefit from the opportunity to talk to an adult other than a parent or a teacher and can find it useful to talk to someone who is not directly involved in their everyday lives.
Friendship issues, boosting self-esteem and confidence, promoting positive behaviour, developing appropriate social skills, understanding and managing emotions and supporting a child through life events and challenges both in and out of school.
Teachers, school staff, parents and carers and even children themselves can ask for mentoring support.
If you have any concerns about your child in or out of school or would like to have a chat with our Learning Mentors about what support they can offer, please don't hesitate to contact them via the school office or school email address.