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Part of The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust
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Learning Mentor


 What is a Learning Mentor?

Learning Mentors can help pupils make the most of school life, breaking down barriers to learning. For the child, they are someone supportive to talk to, share successes or disappointments with and who can help with practical difficulties or worries. In any one day a learning mentor may be helping children with their learning, with friendship issues, anger management issues, liaising with teachers, supporting behaviour management strategies and developing  positive relationships with families.  Our Learning Mentor is Mrs Harrington.

 Learning Mentors can help your child to:

Express their views.

Raise self-esteem and confidence. Manage pressures and difficult times in their lives.

Encourage them to achieve.

Support them in developing friendships.

Learn about their social and emotional

skills and how to improve these.


I can give a helping hand with a wide range of difficulties:

 Settling into a new school

Friendship issues, playtimes difficulties

Changes in home life

The loss of a loved one

Coping with illness


Any form of bullying (including cyber bullying)Controlling emotions

Social skills

Self-esteem or confidence issues

Transition to High School

 Some comments from pupils about The Learning Mentor Programmes:

 “It helped me to be strong and put my hand up more.”

“It helped me not to shout out.”

“I could sort out why I was angry.”

“I could talk to someone who understood my feelings.”

 “It helped me believe in me.”

“It helped me learn new skills, listening and concentrating.”

“I made new friends and its fun.”

“It made me feel brave enough to talk.”

  Neville the Nurture Dog 

 Neville visits school each week and is part of our pastoral team. He works with children who feel they need someone to just listen. He is able to sit and listen to stories, play games and have a good run around. The children, staff and parents all enjoy seeing Neville.