Transitional and Peer Mentoring Scheme
The mentoring scheme creates a system that enables pupils from Year 9 and above to act in a supporting role to younger pupils who wish to talk about their expectations of high school to school pupils who have recently gone through the experience rather than teachers / adults.
By taking part in this project it is hoped that pupils will achieve the following objectives:
Pupils acting as Mentors:
- To emphasise essential-skills, particularly communication, that will be needed as part of their education
- To develop pupils skills and confidence to work with others as team leaders.
- To use the experience towards the Welsh Bac. Community Participation Element.
- To develop greater self-esteem, motivation, confidence, persistence and application.
Year 6/7 pupils:
- To start off Year 7s in a positive way and give pupils a chance to get to share experiences and worries with other young people.
- Develop confidence to communicate with others.
- Feel welcomed by the school and participate actively in their education.
Mentoring takes place on a one-to-one basis to allow pupils to discuss how they have found settling into the school, if they still have any worries or wish to ask questions about the school now that they are experiencing it firsthand.
The format of the mentoring scheme will be dependent upon the resources and needs of the secondary school.
Currently First Campus are able to support and fund the following at identified schools:
- Training scheme for mentors
- Support ice-breaking sessions
- Provide support material for the mentoring sessions
- Arrange a the team building day
- Support evaluation of the programme
First Campus will liaise with schools to provide support and guidance. Ongoing contact is maintained through regular meetings, phone calls and email contact. It will be necessary for the Secondary School to provide a member of staff to oversee the project and supervise and support pupils.