We currently run two mentoring schemes in partnership with Surrey Enterprise Business Partnership (EBP) covering years 10 and 11 at the Beacon School, Banstead. We have 34 mentors taking part.
On average a mentor meets with their mentee every other week during term time, pupils being brought to our Kingswood office via taxi. The pupils that are on the scheme have been identified by the school as potentially benefiting from some additional support to help them realise and reach their fully potential in their GCSE years. Mentors provide pupils one to one advice and support according to each mentees needs, helping with anything from time management to career or college course planning whilst importantly offering a sympathetic adult ear and insight into the world or work. Mentees can gain skills such as planning and managing their work but also gain in confidence and social skills.
The scheme is highly valued by the school and can make a real difference to pupils who otherwise may be struggling at school and with planning their journey beyond school. This year we had a record number of mentors in partnership with over a dozen new employees asking about helping on the scheme.
A quote from Beacon school mentor sums it up, “I am very proud to watch the change in my student in the time I have known her. She came here as a shy and timid young lady but has become very confident in speaking with me and is very open and honest about things that are going well and things that are bothering her.”
Regular reading and number Partners
All of our locations have employees who volunteer to either hear children read in primary schools or play structured games to help with maths. Some locations will do both. You can read about our primary school in London where ‘Number Partners’ takes place on the .
Career Academies UK
We currently have 12 members of staff committed to mentoring students over two years with another eight offering advice and information in the form of a workplace visit. Anyone who is interested in being part of the programme can get involved either for a short term or longer term commitment.
Career Academies UK helps raise young people’s aspirations and bridge the gap between education and work by giving them access to real experience of the world of work.
They provide a structured programme of paid internships, mentoring, motivational lectures and workshops to give 16–19 year olds, largely from urban areas of social need. The work experience and skills they need to be able to perform more effectively in the wider world. We have contributed to the mentoring and motivation lecture elements of the programme.