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Targeted Mentoring Programme (2 day course for Post Primary)
Mon, 20 Mar 2017, 09:30 – Tue, 21 Mar 2017, 15:30 GMT
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Targeted Mentoring is an intervention programme designed to support underachieving pupils to raise their academic performance in line with their potential. Its primary focus is on challenging and supporting the development of pupils’ attitudinal and motivational approach to their studies.
Having the right attitude and motivation to learn is at the heart of the education process. When young people are demotivated, disinterested or feel they are not capable, (low self-esteem as learner) it is very difficult to get the pupil to engage in their studies in school and especially at home.
Many schools and colleges have been turning to one-to-one mentoring as the means of re-engaging and supporitng these pupils, in the hope of guiding them towards improved outcomes. The difficulty is and has been, the staff (teachers and classroom assistants) chosen for this role have been unsure how best to support, guide or challenge the pupil at a personal level. They have sometimes simply treated the role as an extension of their form tutor function e.g. setting and reviewing targets, without any real understanding of the underlying difficulties being experienced or the appropriate strategies that could be employed.
This two day course provides comprehensive training for teachers/staff to work effectively as one-to-one mentors with underperforming pupils to help them raise their regard as learner and ultimately their achievement level. Staff will be shown how to use a structured evidence base process to fully support pupils and guide them to success.
In addition to receiving all the training materials all attendees will receive a Support Pack with a comprehensive step-by-step approach to setting up, running, delivering and monitoring a one-to-one mentoring programme.
This course is suitable for identified teachers and classroom assistants in Post Primary schools who work as one-to-one mentors with underperforming pupils.
What to expect…
Greater understanding of the mentoring process
Setting the scene and agreeing goals
Identifying individual needs
Setting out options and actions
How to better assess pupil barriers to learning
Exploring barriers to learning
Paul Gray BSSc. PGCE, MSSc (Distinction, QUB) - LearnSpark Director and Senior Facilitator