Our volunteer Learning Mentors help refugee children with their homework and study skills for an hour a week in the family home. Through building a relationship with the young person and their family, assisted by targets from class teachers and resources provided by Love to Learn, young people’s confidence in their learning grows enormously.
The one to one relationship gives young people the chance to ask questions they may not feel able to ask in class; the learning mentor often finds gap in their learning that they can focus on; for others it is about developing their vision for their future and focusing on subjects they know they want to do well in.
We prioritise those young people who are moving from primary to secondary school, those sitting GCSE exams in the next year, and unaccompanied young people. Other young people we may prioritise are those “behind” their peers, where there may suspected be SEN needs or where a child or young person takes a young carer role within the family.
Time and time again the children/young people and families we work with tell us that they have been able to make progress through the help given by their learning mentors.
I think the greatest benefit comes from just having that one-on-one, stress free environment to read and make mistakes.
His progress has been absolutely amazing so far and he has said on numerous occasions how much the sessions have helped. The first few weeks I doubted whether or not one hour a week can really make such a difference but looking back now it is so noticeable. His confidence has increased ten-fold and I’m really proud of him.
I’ve really enjoyed it! My mentee and I have had lots of fun, we’ve been able to learn from each other and it’s very rewarding to see the progress she has made!