Can you mentor a small group of students aged 11 -18 years to raise their aspirations and provide them with the life skills to achieve? Approximate commitment: 16 hours per academic year (2-3 sessions per term).
Mosaic’s secondary school mentoring programme provides a package of opportunities to raise the aspirations of young people and close the gap between those aspirations and their attainment.
The programme uses positive role models to improve students’ confidence, self-efficacy and employability. We have developed a powerful package of mentoring support for young people that can be tailored to students’ needs which includes group mentoring, workplace visits, inspirational speeches and competitions.
Mentoring programmes cannot replace teachers’ ability to improve school achievement. Research does demonstrate clearly, however, that aspirations play an important role in educational and professional achievement for all young people and that effective mentoring programmes can significantly raise aspirations and close the aspiration-attainment gap, particularly amongst BME students.
Effective mentoring programmes can boost participants’ aspirations, confidence, self-belief and motivation. Crucially, mentoring programmes enhance participants ‘soft skills’- personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimistic outlook – which are increasingly important for success at school and in the current job market.
Participating students are those with a combination of the following:
- Low or limited aspirations
- Low confidence
- Weak sense of personal agency
- Limited understanding of career opportunities
- Undeveloped ‘soft skills’
Mentors work with a small group of students aged 11 -18 years old to raise their aspirations and provide them with the life skills to achieve success, with an approximate commitment of 16 hours per academic year (2-3 sessions per term).
Mosaic would like to thank the Al Faisal Foundation for its generous support of this programme.
We are very grateful also for the additional support of the People’s Postcode Lottery and the Heathrow Community Fund, in enabling the programme to be delivered.