Hello! I am Paula Corbridge, the Learning Mentor for Blakehill Primary School. Please feel free to call in to the school office and ask to speak to me if you have concerns about your child.
What is a Learning Mentor?
A Learning Mentor aims to increase the self esteem, ability and confidence of children in our school.
Any child can be considered for referral onto our Learning Mentor Scheme. I work with small groups of children or on a one to one basis outside of the classroom environment. As a Learning Mentor I aim to remove barriers to learning for our children.
Another part of my role is monitoring attendance. As a school we have a duty of care to
inform you of your child’s current percentage attendance. This is done by sending stage
letters when your child’s attendance falls below 90%, the National Average being 96.1%. If any issues or questions then arise from this and you feel that school can assist you, please feel free to contact me at any time, either in the playground or on the telephone.
How can a Learning Mentor help your child?
• Listening to any problem they may have in school.
• Discussing how to organise their time and work.
• Encouraging children to take an interest in their work.
• Provide pastoral care and support.
• Working alongside parents and teachers to help identify and remove barriers to learning.
• Support children through a specific problem or situation.
How are pupils referred?
The class teacher usually, but parents and pupils can contact me directly.
How long is a pupil mentored?
This depends on the individual child and the progress made. Programmes generally run for 6-8 weeks and regular reviews of pupil progress are made.