We run Attendance Mentoring in schools.

For some children getting to school can be difficult, especially when having worries and anxieties about attending school. This is where mentoring can help, both in getting to school and making learning a more enjoyable experience.

Our ‘Attendance Mentors’ support children in schools and work in partnership with class teachers, pastoral support workers, parents and carers. Building trusting relationships is at the heart of what we do, and this includes understanding children’s wishes and feelings, ensuring support is meaningful and relevant to them. This lays the foundation to develop children’s self-esteem and the confidence to overcome personal barriers for attending school. As a result, children’s mental health is improved and an intrinsic love for learning developed.

Overview

Attendance Mentor

An Attendance Mentor actively listens to children’s attendance difficulties and personalises support around their wishes and feelings. This includes understanding children’s:

  • likes and dislikes
  • what’s going well for them
  • worries that they might have and talking these through
  • what school means to them
  • current and future aspirations

This makes support meaningful and relevant to children and mobilises interest and passion for attending school.

Attendance Planning

The Attendance Mentor supports children through the aid of an ‘Attendance Planner’. This helps shared thinking and preparedness for school. The Attendance Mentor helps children think about:

  • the link between attendance, attainment and achieving personal goals
  • the importance of sleep
  • getting organised for school and routines
  • individual target setting

These areas help develop children’s ‘Executive Function’ skills*, aids wellbeing and psychological safety.

*To help establish structures, self-control, and self-regulation.

Family Support

Parents and carers are fundamental to attendance success. This is because they are central to helping children organise the school week. Support for parents includes:

  • listening to their difficulties related to school attendance
  • understanding difficulties they might have in relation to their child
  • using the attendance planner to organise the school week
  • ensuring school things are organised and ready
  • ensuring children have sufficient sleep
  • ensuring children have breakfast before school
  • getting children to school on time
  • extending learning in the home

Supporting parents and carers in this way ensures an attendance alliance between home, school and child.

IMPACT