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The Mentoring programme at ISD

is all about helping and supporting individuals fulfil their potential. Everyday life can present many kinds of challenges and we can all benefit from being supported to see these challenges from another perspective, make sense of them and tackle them in order to achieve our goals in life.

Mentoring can support diverse objectives such as:

  • Social integration
  • Organisation and stress management
  • Independence and self-reliance in one’s learning process
  • Communication skills, self-confidence and self-esteem building
  • Nurturing an interest or talent
  • Changing a behavioural approach

How does it work?

There are sub-programmes within the mentoring programme and depending on the specific objective(s), these are the following paths mentoring could take:
 

Student mentoring

  • Supporting students to achieve their potential by identifying challenges, setting goals and working together to achieve these goals either by matching a student mentee to a student mentor (peer mentoring) or matching a student mentee to an adult mentor.

Student transitions mentoring

  • Supporting new students arriving throughout the year, on arrival – offered in the mentee’s mother tongue.
  • Supporting non-native English speaking mentees at the beginning of the school term – offered in the mentee’s mother tongue.
  • Exit mentoring – supporting the process of moving on.

Mentoring workshops

  • Offering monthly workshops to parents, mentors and interested faculty and staff on a range of topics about supporting young people to fulfil their potential, managing transitions, self-esteem/confidence-building, stress & management skills,  the prevention and mastering of anxiety, etc.

Inclusion programme

  • Offering after-school games club for students entering ISD later in the school year.

Who is the Mentoring Coordinator and what are her responsibilities?

Dr Nicola Magnusson, the Mentoring Coordinator, meets mentees to have one-to-one weekly sessions or carefully matches a referred student to a peer or adult mentor.
Nicola Magnusson gives training to the mentors to use the most appropriate approach in order to support the mentee in meeting their specific goals.
In addition to the training, mentors are supported throughout the mentoring process.
Mentoring can be a support service in it’s own right or may be used to further support a mentee who is already receiving other forms of educational or psychological intervention.

Important links

  • Referral system (intranet)
  • Referral application form (intranet)
  • Applying to be a peer or adult mentor – application form (intranet)
  • Relevant literature (intranet)
  • Mentoring Blog (available from the end of September 2014)

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