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Learning mentors support, motivate and challenge pupils who are underachieving. They help pupils overcome barriers to learning caused by social, emotional and behavioural problems.
Learning mentors need good listening skills and an understanding of health and social issues that affect children and young people's development. The mentors mainly work with children who experience 'barriers to learning', including poor literacy/numeracy skills, under-performance against potential, poor attendance, disaffection, danger of exclusion, difficult family circumstances and low self-esteem.
Day-to-day tasks could include:
Suitable qualifications can be identified by visiting the Register of Regulated Qualifications. The national occupational standards (NOS) for learning, development and support services (LDSS) provide a basis for some qualifications.
The level 2 Award, support work in schools, is suitable for all support staff in schools and it will help applicants demonstrate an understanding of how schools work; child and young person development; safeguarding the welfare of children and young people; the importance of communication with adults and children and equality, and diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people.
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