The Assertive Mentoring programme has been introduced at Tibshelf Community School to support students in gaining their aspirational target grades in all subjects.
The targets are set by the school and are based on three levels of progress from Key Stage 2. These targets are deliberately challenging, but are achievable if the students' work to their full potential. Students' are tracked on a regular basis throughout the year to enable staff to monitor where students' are, in terms of their progress, at any given time.
Staff regularly look at individual student progress in each subject area and decide on any interventions or support that may be required. This is then reviewed to check that the interventions are having the desired impact.
We strive to make this process both rigorous and robust. There are no presumptions that students will act on the agreed actions unless they are checked. This constant checking is what gives this programme its power and effectiveness.
Parents also can review progress of their child by looking in the school planner where students' record their monthly progress. If you have any queries or concerns you should contact your childs' Form Tutor as a matter of urgency.
Key Stage 3
We expect all students in Key Stage 3 to make as much progress as they can, because it gives them the best possible chance of success in Years 10 and 11.
This process begins in Year 7 and 8 with 4 checks per year. Each student's progress is monitored by their Form Tutor and Head of Year, where identified students are mentored and supported with regular checks on attendance. Each student is seen once a month and their progress and attendance is reviewed to support student's progress.
At Key Stage 3 there can be a wide range of issues stopping a student making progress. These can be identified and tackled by their Form Tutor or Head of Year. This may involve contacting parents for support.
In Year 9 students are tracked every 6 weeks as this is a crucial year in terms of career choices and GCSE Options.
Key Stage 4
A target group of Year 10 and Year 11 students will be assigned a mentor who will meet with them every 4 or 5 weeks to review their progress towards their target grades and offer support when targets are not being met, or encourage them when they are on or above their target
Mentors meet with the students to look at their progress in each subject area and check that any interventions agreed are implemented and that they are having the desired impact. If the intervention isn't working, students are seen again by mentors and new interventions agreed. The systems are relentless. Students are not allowed to give up on themselves. One of the aims of the mentoring programme is to encourage students to take responsibility for their own interventions as early as possible in Key Stage 4. Those who take longer to achieve this are often mentored in Year 11.
Crucial to the effectiveness of mentoring is its assertive style. Whilst supportive, it is never simply an easy chat. Students need to feel that the regular one to one conversations with their mentors will be evidence driven, business like and have a direct impact.