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The Role of the Learning Mentor

At King Edward’s we pride ourselves on providing high quality support for our students. Each of our Learning Mentors takes the lead on a specific area of Special Educational Needs in order to enable them to utilise their knowledge, skills, expertise and experience to ensure the best possible support for our students. We also have a Maths specialist Learning Mentor who provides maths skills support to students working across a range of subjects.

During the first few weeks of the autumn term, Learning Mentors meet with every Year 12 student who has declared a learning difference on their application as well as with all Year 13 students who they worked with in Year 12. We take this opportunity to find out more about the students’ learning differences, the support they might need and the way in which they learn best.

Learning Mentors offer 1:1 support sessions to help students develop their independent learning skills.

We ensure that all appropriate examination access arrangements are in place and that teaching staff have a clear understanding of these access arrangements as well as a knowledge of what learning strategies are most effective for different students.

As part of the Assess, Plan, Do, Review cycle, each term, Learning Mentors meet with their students to review progress and plan the next steps for that student. This information is passed on to teachers.

Learning Mentors ensure that targets set on Educational Health Care Plans (EHCP) are delivered and form part of the annual review process.

The SEND Code of Practice is divided into 4 key areas of need:

Cognition and Learning
Communication and Interaction
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
Physical and Sensory

Our Learning Mentors share a wealth of expertise across these areas.

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