Learning mentors complement the role of school teachers by working with pupils who are experiencing difficulties in learning arising from social exclusion, bullying, abuse, absence, punctuality and poor behaviour.
Learning mentors work on a group or one-to-one basis with children of all ages.
organising and running drop-in sessions and music and sports events for pupils
aiding pupils with the transition to secondary education
supporting under-performing pupils outside of the classroom
agreeing and writing action plans
making home visits to talk to parents about issues and to offer advice about strategies to deal with problems
working with school staff to select pupils for mentoring
liaising with schools, teachers, social workers and educational psychologists and making referrals where appropriate
helping pupils to improve confidence and self-esteem by listening to them and devising appropriate strategies.