The new mentoring program brings together our best and brightest from Year 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 to share ideas and work together to improve each other’s work. The mentors and Year 2 pupils will meet at least twice per week to look at developing reading, writing and maths skills. It has to be said thought that the pupils in Year 2 are already showing that they are very talented – that’s why they were selected for the program – and by working with their mentors we hope they can reach even greater heights.
The partnership doesn’t just benefit the Year 2 children though, as the mentors benefit from the opportunity to explain ideas and methods. By teaching and developing their Year 2 partners, they will also deepen their own subject knowledge and understanding, as well as feeling great as they know they will have helped someone else.
There are a number of rules attached to being a mentor, and all of the pupils who have agreed to take up this role know that they have very high expectations placed upon them, and falling short of those expectations is unacceptable due to the fact they are not only a mentor, but a role model to all pupils in school.
Amongst other things, the mentors must:
- Keep their attendance above 95%.
- Always demonstrate exemplary behaviour and attitudes to learning.
- Always complete their homework to a high standard and submit it on time.
- Demonstrate patience and a growth mindset – understanding that everyone has the potential to improve.
- Maintain their own high academic standards.
- Commit to giving up at least two break times per week to support their mentor.
Our seven initial mentors are all looking forward to working with their partners and making a difference to their learning. If the initial launch visit to Seven Stories is anything to go by, the pupils in Year 2 are in safe hands.
Our mentors are going to get their very own page on the website, so check back to find out more about how our pupils are committed to helping each other.