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Learning Mentor

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This programme explores the role of learning mentors as a career option for teaching assistants interested in a broader support role. Kim Hemans and Sue Rustioni are learning mentors at Crown Lane School, supporting children who have social or emotional barriers to learning.

Sue starts her day meeting Amy, a school-refuser. Kim has a meeting with her play leaders group, which she established to help younger children cope in a stressful playground. Sue and Kim then see individual children. Sue spends time with Keaton who has an autistic spectrum disorder, while Kim leads a calming session with Conner to build up his self-esteem.

This programme explores the role of learning mentors in the light of TA work and as a career option for TAs interested in a broader support role. Throughout the programme, Kim and Sue reflect on their roles, their routes to it and the differences between working as a TA and a learning mentor.

This programme features:

  • Information for teaching assistants interested in a broader support role
  • Two learning mentors who are followed through a full day
  • Children with a range of problems and differing needs

Part of the series: Primary TAs

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