Mentoring in schools
School-based mentoring is a flexible, straightforward concept. Pupils benefit from the focused support and guidance of an additional adult in their lives, especially poignant for those from poor socio-economic backgrounds for whom one or more parents are often absent or unable to provide such assistance. For schools, mentoring requires little staff time and occurs on-site during the school day, therefore mentoring programmes are relatively inexpensive and easy to adopt. The support of the school gives both the pupils and their parents confidence in the scheme, and provides opportunities for many children who otherwise would not be able or willing to access mentoring programmes.
The success of mentoring in schools is widely reported. A study in 2007 of school-based mentoring schemes tested the impact of mentoring relationships on the pupils involved. The results are very encouraging. By the end of their first year of mentoring, there were improvements in:
- Overall academic performance, including science and English
- Quality of class work
- Homework completion rates
- Confidence in academic ability
- Attendance levels
In September 2013, the government funded Pupil Premium, first introduced in 2011, was raised to £900 per child who is eligible for free school meals. This fund is additional to main school funding, and the government intends for it to be used to tackle the inequality between pupils from poor socio-economic backgrounds and their peers. We are already working with schools using their Pupil Premium to fund the Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme for their pupils.
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