Mentoring at Hamstead Hall
What is Mentoring?
"Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be."
Eric Parsloe, The Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring.
A Mentor should help the mentee to believe in him/herself and boost their confidence. A Mentor should ask questions and challenge, while providing guidance and encouragement. Mentoring allows the mentee to explore new ideas in confidence. It is a chance to look more closely at yourself, your issues, opportunities and what you want in life. Mentoring is about becoming more self aware, taking responsibility for your life and directing your life in the direction you decide, rather than leaving it to chance.
Learning Mentors work mainly with children on a one-to-one basis or in small or large groups, acting as a:
- facilitator for learning;
- role model;
Learning Mentors provide a complementary service to teachers and other staff, addressing the needs of children who require assistance in overcoming barriers to learning in order to achieve their full potential.
Learning Mentors work with a range of pupils. The variety of issues covered is vast, ranging from punctuality, absence, bullying, challenging behaviour and able and gifted pupils who are experiencing difficulties.
Learning Mentors are predominantly education based (in primary, secondary and further education settings) but have a wider remit including families and the wider community.