WHAT IS MENTORING AND WHAT DO LEARNING MENTORS DO?
Learning Mentors work with groups of pupils and individuals, teachers and managers, parents, carers and families, schools and other agencies, helping to construct a support network. Within that framework they develop trusting relationships in which information can be shared.
A wide variety of pupils are supported by Learning Mentors, often with behaviour problems or persistent absenteeism. They may be demotivated or lacking in self-esteem, have fallen behind with their work or find communication difficult. Language problems are prevalent where English is not the first language spoken at home; additional issues are faced by children of asylum seekers or those who move home frequently.
In some cases pupils are looked after by non-family members or may be young carers themselves. Some have suffered bereavement; others have difficulties at home. Whatever issues individual pupils face, Learning Mentors can help them develop respect not just for themselves but also for those around them.
The Pastoral Care of for the children at Adderley Primary School is very important. The school ensures it provides a high level of duty of care, welfare and safety for all children. The mentoring at Adderley involves working with children experiencing barriers to learning which could be related to social, emotional, health or personal reasons. The school values and nurtures its work with the local community and builds strong relationships with outside agencies to support the mentoring of our children.
If you feel that your child could benefit from mentoring, please contact the school.
THE PASTORAL CARE TEAM
My name is Miss Zahreen Asghar, I am a Senior Learning Mentor at Adderley Primary School. I believe I am very fortunate that I have the opportunity of working with children.
Adderley Primary School is a wonderful school with marvellous children attending it. At Adderley I work alongside a very caring and understanding team, who are exceptionally hardworking. I love my job and believe every pupil should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. I have pleasure of working with families as well our lovely children.
I enjoy spending time with my family, I am very creative and also enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes. I enjoy going on adventurous and exciting outings with my son, who keeps me really busy!
My name is Mrs. Rehana Darr and I work as a Learning Mentor at Adderley Primary School. I work within a team of learning mentors, all of whom are good fun and hard working. I enjoy coming to school everyday because I have the opportunity to work with such interesting and intelligent children, all of whom are so diverse and exceptional individuals.
It is reassuring to know that our children feel confident and safe in sharing thoughts and feelings with us at any time.
In my spare time and holiday, I like to travel abroad and visit different countries – this helps to enhance my knowledge of different countries cultures. My favourite city was Chicago in the USA. I also enjoy reading autobiographies, watching historical documentaries and baking cakes. Lots of them, for family and friends!
My name is Mrs Nici Youngs and I am a learning mentor at Adderley Primary School. I am very passionate about working with children and helping them through any barriers that affect their learning.
Adderley Primary School is an amazing school where everyone is made to feel welcome. I feel very lucky to be a part of the Adderley family. I work within a very hard working and fun team where the children are at the heart of everything we do.
In my spare time I enjoy baking and having lots of fun family time. As a family we enjoy going for long walks, exploring new places, dancing and singing along to Disney films.