In September 2013 St Botolph’s C of E Primary School a new system called ‘Assertive Mentoring’ has been introduced to our school.
The Aims of Assertive Mentoring are:
- to raise standards for all
- to motivate and involve children in their learning
- to inform and involve parents in their child’s learning
Assertive Mentoring brings together a whole series of initiatives and policies we already had at St Botolph’s primary, but goes that extra step to improve them! It is about shining the light on the positive!
Assertive Mentoring targets what a child can do, and what they need to do to move to the next level. It allows teachers to set achievable targets in reading, writing and mathematics each half term, and to work with the children to complete these. The system facilitates sharing these targets with parents so that you can help your child to achieve even more quickly. Children know exactly what level they are working at, and what they need to do to move on. Marking and feedback to children are very focused and termly mentoring meetings review what has been achieved and what needs to be done next.
Assertive mentoring is based on a colour coding system
Green means that the child has exceeded expectations in attainment, attitude, achievement and behaviour.
Yellow means that the child has met expectations and is on target, working solidly and has a good attitude to learning and behaviour.
Red means that the child needs further support with meeting their targets in attainment, attitude and/or behaviour.
The advantages of the system:
- Quick and easy to use and understand.
- All staff in school uses the same approach.
- Children judge their own learning and behaviour: they are startlingly accurate.
- Children are empowered to take ownership and control of the way they behave and their attitude to learning.
- Children who have a good attitude to learning and school life are praised.
Attitude and behaviour
This is something new for us. We will measure and record children’s attitude to school life, and set targets for improvement if they are needed. Many aspects of our routine come under this heading, for example wearing of correct uniform, bringing in to school PE kit, attendance and punctuality.
Mentoring files and one-to-one meetings
Each child now has a very important Assertive Mentoring file which will stay with them throughout their time at St Botolph’s Primary School. In the mentoring file is stored all the information the staff, children and yourselves need to be aware of in relation to academic achievement, attitude and behaviour.
Mentoring files will be the focus of one-to-one meetings. From September 2013 onwards, you and your child will be invited to take part in the mentoring meeting to review the mentoring file and to discuss how well he or she is doing at school and to set targets for the term ahead. These high quality meetings will replace our current parents’ evenings. There will be an evening meeting as well as an afternoon meeting.
This is the first time we have run this type of one-to-one meeting and we would really appreciate your feedback to allow us to evaluate its success.
Assertive Mentoring has been introduced to St Botolph’s primary school to raise standards for all and we ask that you work with us to make it the resounding success we know it can be.