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 with a team of seven other 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 Ajinder Bharj, I work as a Learning Mentor at Adderley Primary School. I am part of a very caring and nurturing Pastoral Care Team. I am very passionate about working with children, I have very high expectations for each child I work with and make sure that they achieve their full potential.
I believe it is my duty to bring the best out of each pupil, whether it’s raising self-confidence, supporting them academically, raising aspirations, developing organisation skills, helping them understand their emotions, overcome barriers to learning or to just have a little chat to be there for them.
My aim is to inspire children and see them develop into responsible citizens of the future, so that they can use and apply these useful skills in their life’s ahead.
In my personal time, I love spending time with my lovely family and friends, I believe life is really busy but we should never forget our loved ones. I love travelling to different holiday destinations with my family and enjoy relaxing and exploring new places. I enjoy meeting people from diverse cultures and learn a lot about their countries and religion. I recommend that everyone should have big dreams in life and sincerely should make them come true!
Never give up on anything in life until you achieve it!
My name is Mrs Sania Kayani, I work as a Learning Mentor at Adderley Primary School. I am part of the Pastoral Care Team, in which I work alongside very caring, fun and inspiring individuals.
My role as a Learning Mentor at Adderley has helped me with the opportunity to help, guide and support children in many ways, removing any barriers to their learning and development. It gives me great satisfaction to see how children have developed throughout their journey at this school; this is evident as children flourish in their day to day lives and become better role models for the future.
I believe it is very important to spend time with my loved ones therefore I am always visiting and meeting up with family and friends. I love to go to the cinema, relaxing and travelling around the world, seeing new things.
My name is Mr McCallum and I support Manchester United. I am a learning mentor and I work with the pastoral care team. My role is to provide the children with a positive male role model that they can listen to, express their feelings to and to give them someone who they can aspire to become.
My aims are to identify and remove barriers that prevent children from reaching their full potential, to raise aspirations, to promote inclusion and to develop a holistic approach to learning through emotional and social growth which will give them what they need to become responsible, successful citizens.
I really enjoy my role at Adderley Primary School and relish my time I spend within this stimulating and creative environment.
My name is Miss Rafiq. I work as a learning mentor at Adderley Primary School and my job is fantastic! I work with children in Years 1 and 2, helping them to overcome potential barriers to their learning. Working as part of the pastoral team is great and the job is very rewarding. Mentoring facilitates the children in the school by aiming to eliminate any issues which affect them academically as well as emotionally. The aim is to inspire children to excel and achieve in everything that they do. Seeing the children do well is always a pleasure as you are able to see your input in making a difference in their lives.