Learning Mentor


Including Support for Parents

Learning Mentor

At St Wilfrid’s Catholic School we believe that all of us are uniquely created and loved by God and therefore we strive to ensure that all children become the people that God intended them to be. We support children in every way we can to enable them to flourish.

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.  They can also be the link between school and home or with other outside agencies.  They can act as an advocate for children and young people and are non-judgmental. They have a tailored and flexible approach to meet the needs of those that they mentor.

Learning Mentors meet with children and young people, usually outside of the classroom, either individually or in small groups in a planned and structured way.

What Can the Learning Mentors help With?

We can give a helping hand with a wide range of difficulties

  • Settling into a new school
  • Friendship issues
  • Problems on the playground
  • Getting behind with homework / revision planning
  • Family breakdown
  • Unstable or difficult family circumstances
  • 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
  • Worries or concerns about transferring from primary to secondary school
  • Anything else causing a child to worry


Referrals to a St Wilfrid’s Learning Mentor can be made by parents or by class teachers.

  • To begin a referral please speak with your child’s class teacher, Mrs Wakeford or Mrs Nash. They will give you a referral form to complete.  This is a short questionnaire about your child.
  • This same questionnaire will be completed by your child’s teacher.  A Learning Mentor may also undertake observations of your child in the classroom / in the playground.
  • The appropriate intervention will then be decided on using all of this information.


Interventions offered

  • 1:1 mentoring – sessions run for approximately 6-8 weeks in the first instance. Sessions are between 40-50 minutes long.
  • Group work – looking at social skills, confidence building and self-esteem. These groups are run during lunch breaks.
  •   Time 4 Children – supporting children, using non-directive play alongside reflective listening, giving them ‘Time’ to work through their thoughts and feelings  http://www.time4children.org.uk/
  • Rainbows – supporting children and young people through loss and grief.  This programme is headed by Mrs O’Hara and facilitated by members of school staff trained by Rainbows Bereavement Support Great Britainhttp://rainbowsgb.org/
  •          StoryLinks – using metaphor in stories co-created by a pupil, their parent and a teacher to address the child’s emotional and behavioural difficulties while developing literacy skills.

Being a parent can be wonderfully rewarding, but at the same time it is one of the biggest challenges most of us face. Are you interested in meeting up with other parents to share the ups and downs of family life?

Our ‘Smiles and Trials’ groups for parents are a great opportunity to share experiences, including both the successes and the challenges we all face in bringing up our children.

New Group starting soon one evening a week ……Why not join us?


Next meeting TBA For more information and attendance form click on picture

Learn more about:

  • Effective listening
  • Positive messages
  • Becoming assertive
  • Behaviour strategies
  • Healthy ways to manage feelings
  • The ‘No- Blame’ approach

Our groups run for seven sessions and last about an hour and a half.

Each session begins with refreshments and a chance to chat.

We will go on to explore issues:

  • Understanding the links between behaviour and feelings.
  • Building on strengths.
  • Sharing strategies that work in your family and developing new ideas.
  • Building confidence and self esteem in both parents and children.
  • Looking at how to use effective listening skills and other useful strategies to manage children’s behaviour.

For more information contact          Mrs Karen Dunn (Inclusion Leader/SENCo)

                                                        Mrs Donna Wakeford (Learning Mentor)

School Office: 01444235254  

Email: office@stwilfridsbh.org.uk