Student Mentor Programme Programme Overview Document

The aim of the scheme is to support students who are in danger of not obtaining the full International Baccalaureate Diploma. After students have been identified, teachers will create challenging but achievable targets, and along with each student`s mentor, will support them in achieving them.

Volunteer mentors will meet and work with their mentees, discussing their progress against the targets and communicating their progress to all stakeholders. Teacher will have the opportunity to discuss each student`s progress in whole staff meetings, with the aim of sharing ideas and strategies that work for them.

The contents of this document are:

  • Aim of the Mentor scheme.
  • Informing parents and students of the Scheme.
  • Procedure for identifying students.
  • Mentor-Mentee meetings.
  • Keeping track of student progress.
  • Decision on whether each student stays on the Mentor scheme.

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Supporting Handouts

Student Mentor Programme Supporting Documents

The following documents are used to support the Student mentor progamme. I put these documents onto a Google Doc folder for each student on the scheme and give teachers editing rights. Teachers are encouraged to keep the mentor updated on each student`s progress against their targets, as well as sharing ideas on what strategies work well with each student nd the issues the students are continually facing. Mentors are given time in staff meetings to give an update on their mentee.

The following documents are shown below:

  • Targets
  • Student issues
  • Mentor meeting log
  • Strategies that work for the student
  • Teacher comments against the targets

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Targets

This document shows the student`s targets. In my school they are broken up into academic, self-management and language. These can be adapted for each student depending on their needs.

2. Mentor meeting log

This document allows mentors to keep a log of the meetings they have with their mentee. They can include targets for follow up meetings, which can be shared with staff.

3. Student issues

This document allows subject teachers to keep the mentor, and other teachers up to date with the issues the student faces in their subject.

4. Strategies that work for the student

This document allows teachers to share ideas on what strategies work for the student within their subject–these can be directly linked to meeting the targets, or general ideas that work for the student.

5. Teacher comments against targets

This document allows the subject teachers to keep the mentor up to date with the student`s progress against the targets in their subject. The mentor can use the information as a focus for meetings with the mentor.

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Mentor Scheme Staff Activity

This staff activity allows teachers to share good practice on strategies that work for students on the mentor scheme in the following areas:

  • Assessments: Look at the assessments # is going to take. What strategies do you / could you put in place to support him / her against these types of assessment?
  • Language: # is phase #. What strategies do you / could you put in place so he / she can access the language requirements of the course?
  • What do / can you do to support him / her with organising their work?
  • What do / can you do to support him / her with preparing for assessments?
  • What do / can you do to support him / her with prioritising their work?
  • What do / can you do to support him / her with not concentrating?
  • What do / can you do to support him / her with lack of effective revision skills and techniques?
  • What do / can you do to support him / her with having insufficient subject notes?
  • What do / can you do to support him / her with completing class / homework?
  • What type of feedback does # respond to best (oral / written / peer / teacher / group / one to one)?
  • What strategies do you put into place if # doesn`t respond to feedback?

The activity can be run with one question per A3 sheet of paper, and the staff, in pairs go around to each sheet adding their ideas and responding to the ideas of others.

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MYP Student Profile

This student profile allows the MYP Coordinator and subject teachers to have an overview of each student within the Diploma Programme.

The profile gives an overall picture of the student, from their complete academic record to their language profile and educational history, allowing subject teachers to plan for their individual needs accordingly. It also gives teachers important information such as the student’s targets, parents’ language of communication and strategies that work for the student.

I have worked with different stakeholder to keep the documents up to date, such as Teacher Mentors, Form Tutors and subject teachers.

  • Student strengths and areas of challenge.
  • Successful strategies that work for the student.
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Medical diagnosis.
  • Language profile (including history).
  • Staff intervention. Teacher mentor and agreed targets (language, academic, self-management, other).
  • Educational History (Time spent abroad, education in different languages).
  • Parent / Guardian communication and languages spoken.

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DP Student Profile

This student profile allows the DP Coordinator, teachers and the University Guidance Counsellor to have an overview of each student within the Diploma Programme.

The profile gives an overall picture of the student, from their complete academic record to their language profile and educational history, allowing subject teachers to plan for their individual needs accordingly. It also gives teachers important information such as the student’s targets, parents’ language of communication and strategies that work for the student.

I have worked with different stakeholder to keep the documents up to date, such as The University Guidance Counsellor, Teacher Mentors, Form Tutors and subject teachers.

The profile covers the following information:

  • Student strengths and areas of challenge.
  • Successful strategies that work for the student.
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Medical diagnosis.
  • Language profile (including history).
  • Staff intervention. Teacher mentor and agreed targets (language, academic, self-management, other).
  • Educational History (Time spent abroad, education in different languages).
  • Parent / Guardian communication and languages spoken.
  • MYP exit grades.
  • DP subject choices.
  • Higher Education application information.

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Homework Support

Homework Timetable

I have used this timetable in the form of a Google Doc to support students. Students can fill in the timetable on a daily / weekly basis, keeping track of the homework they receive and when it is due.

The timetable asks students to consider:

  • Assessments due for each days of the week.
  • Strategies put in place to support them in completing the homework (speak to teacher, use study hall, use buddy groups, use library before / after school).
  • Non-homework responsibilities.
  • Time and place available to do the homework.

The aim of the timetable is to help students organise their week, taking into consideration the bullet points above. I have shown this document to parents at workshops to let them know it is available to their children. When necessary I have encouraged students and parents to work together through the different parts of the timetable and find best ways to support the student.

This timetable can also help teachers understand the average amount of homework students are receiving, and the extra responsibilities they have in their life. I have worked through this document with students to look for common issues (form tutors can also do this).

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Weekly Programme

This document allows students to have a holistic view of their lifestyle with the aim of seeing what factors are getting in the way of their self management and if they can make any changes / to help their organisation.

I have used this document as a Google Doc with students both as a class and a one to one basis, to allow them to fill it in on a weekly basis giving them an understanding of their responsibilities each day of the week and to find patterns, which they may be able to change if necessary.

This weekly programme asks students to look at:

  • Homework (subject, time started and finished, when they received the homework, when the homework is due)
  • Total time spent on homework today
  • Amount of study periods and work done in them.
  • Non-homework responsibilities. Write the time you started / finished each one: (Clubs / Chores / Dinner/ Bath / Exercise / Religious time / Caring )
  • Time you got home from school / after school responsibility.
  • Total time spent on non-homework responsibilities including travel time.
  • Total time spent travelling today.
  • Free time: Write the start and finish times of your free time.
  • Time you went to bed
  • Reflect: What changes could you make in your routine on this day of the week to improve your organisation / amount of time you have for study and free time.

After this document has been introduced to students it can be used in a number of ways:

  • One on one with student who is struggling with their self management.
  • In a meeting with parents to show them how they can support their students.
  • Students can be asked to do it for a given number of weeks with the results being discussed with teachers in a collaborative planning meeting on student self management.
  • With a student and their mentor in weekly meetings.

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