Mentoring is:

  • a one-to-one relationship between a mentor and a mentee which provides consistent support, guidance and assistance
  • a way for a mentor to support and enable a mentee to gain the skills and confidence to be responsible for their own development
  • the opportunity for a mentee to access impartial, non-judgemental advice and support
  • the chance to work together to achieve agreed goals

Why might a student need a mentor?

Self esteem:

  • a boost to find ways to interact with other people within the school, home or community environment
  • improving levels of self-worth, self-confidence and determination

Interpersonal skills

  • not everyone has the confidence to express themselves and their opinions, which could lead to problems with their relationships with other people

Awareness of opportunities

  • some mentees benefit hugely from finding out about the different opportunities that are available to them. Others gain increased self-confidence in accessing these opportunities