Volunteer mentors’ involvement goes far beyond academic support.
We carefully select a group of diverse young people who we train intensively and who give one-to-one, tailored support to at-risk pupils in UK schools that need us the most. The pupils we work with often face emotional and social challenges too, and we help them to develop the skills they need to face these challenges head-on. Pupils who are at most risk of not fulfilling their potential at school typically exhibit:
- poor attendance
- disruptive behaviour
- low curriculum performance in English and maths
We focus on helping schools support pupils who show one or more of these three early-warning signs from when they start in reception through to when they sit their GCSEs. Our volunteer mentors become an integral part of each of our partner schools, helping to make it an enjoyable place to learn, supporting pupils by:
- giving one-to-one or small-group tutoring
- running breakfast, lunchtime and after-school clubs
- leading energetic morning greetings for the whole school to create a more encouraging learning environment
- coaching regularly late or absent pupils
- sending positive communications home to advise parents and family on the positive progress their children are making
- organising and leading events, celebrations and projects to bring the school and community together as a whole.