Mentoring is a crucial service, which can make a profound impact on the lives of the young people that we work with.
Solutions Focused Mentoring We use the Solutions Focused Approach in mentoring to develop young people and see them find the solutions they need for the challenges they face in their bespoke situations. This builds upon the development of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and according to Mark Beyerbach’s research in Spain, the approach not only increases a young person’s sense of selfefficacy but changes their thinking patterns at home as well as at school. It refocuses attention on their own strengths to empower them to make positive decisions for themselves to build confidence and responsibility.
Mentor, Coach, Counsellor, Adviser It is important to distinguish between the variety of practises that exist to work with learners one-to-one. We have selected Mentoring as an approach as it taps into all four quadrants of engagement. It can be directive, facilitative and have a range of transference of expertise. There are also elements of coaching practises in mentoring provision. We believe this enables a dynamic service to meet the need of the young people we work with.
What Makes Kick London’s Mentoring Different? Our service is delivered with the following key benefits to young people:
SPORTS TRAINED – All of our mentors are Sports or Dance coaches who are able to engage with young people through their specialism.
STRONG VALUES – Our mentoring is delivered with a strong emphasis on values.
YOUNG PERSON FOCUSED – We are directive and facilitative in our style.
Distance Travelled Assessment Our mentoring provision is fully assessed. Following a referral from the school pastoral manager learners complete a specific Distance Travelled Assessment using Outcomes Star methodology. They are assessed each half term to chart progress and demonstrate impact. This often builds learners confidence as they see incremental gains as they improve and this enables the school to prove value for money.
Implementation Mentoring sessions tend to operate in 25 minute appointments with a 5 minute write up per session. In a School day of 5 hours, a mentor can have up to 10 appointments per day. The school determine the referrals so you might decide some learners weekly, fortnightly and/or monthly. This would allow you to have a caseload of up to 20 learners as you see fit. A typical session will consist of the following steps:
GOAL: Welcome and aim for session
Reality: Review where the learner is at present
Options: Framework of intervention for solutions
Will: Confirm and own the actions for the next steps
MOTIVATION Apathy for education is a serious limiting factor for young people to develop and succeed in education. Challenging this behaviour and equipping young people with the tools to remain motivated is an important service.
EMPATHY Young people’s development moves at different rates but trauma or hardship at home can negatively impact the development of empathy, which is a key life skill.
SELF-AWARENESS Developing a learner’s selfawareness is essential for them to understand how they act and react to situations. This will also support them when interacting with teaching staff to understand how their actions impact upon others.
MANAGING FEELINGS Young people can struggle to handle their emotions. This is especially true if they experience challenging personal circumstances such as family relationship breakdown, bullying or bereavement. We look for our coaches to model calm responses to challenges or difficulties and encourage young people to imitate this behaviour.
SOCIAL SKILLS So often, the secret to developing social skills is down to confidence and selfesteem. We look to build this through our mentoring relationships with every child. Developing these skills enables a young person to progress both academically as well as personally.