Helping children cope with school
A growing number of schools across Bath & NE Somerset are investing in professional mentoring in school from Mentoring Plus for their students who need extra support with family, education, behaviour and emotional well-being.
Schools are often first to see when young people are struggling with issues affecting them, especially during important transition years. With early support, the child can be given time, space and expert help to explore feelings, develop coping strategies and build their confidence. The positive impact in the classroom often helps teachers support those students more effectively too.
One school welfare officer says: "The work that Michelle does with our students is invaluable. Students with challenging behaviour really benefit from having someone outside of the school staff to talk to and to learn strategies to improve behaviour and avoid conflict."
A student being mentored agrees: "I’m asked the right questions to help me understand what’s going on. It’s helped me understand my emotions and I can control my feelings better. It’s good to know I have mentoring every week, if I’m having a bad time I can talk about it."
We offer group work programmes with pupils needing education support too, ranging from Silver Arts Award projects to exam confidence building. These can help disengaged, isolated or anxious young people connect with one another and their community and improve attendance, confidence and achievement. Projects can be tailored to specific needs.
From 2014 we are also offering in-school mentoring programmes to primary pupils aged 8 and above, helping those needing support with preparation for senior school or struggling with issues affecting their education.
To discuss a mentoring programme for your school, please call us on 01225 429694.