Learning Mentor

Our mentoring service is provided by Angela Walker and Gill Bearton.

Angela has worked within the school as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant for 15 years. She has experience of working with children across the school in various roles.

Gill has worked at Whitefield for the past few years in several roles across school. Before that she had previous experience in Early Years settings.

This page is to let you know about our roles as learning mentors and how it can contribute to children and their learning.


What is a learning mentor?

A learning mentor is someone who works to provide a complementary service to teachers and other staff, addressing the needs of children who require assistance in over coming barriers to learning in order to achieve their full potential.

… so what do they do?

They work with a range of pupils, but give priority to those who need the most help, especially those experiencing multiple disadvantages.

The learning mentor role is wide ranging, but the key aim is helping pupils of all ages and abilities achieve their potential.

This involves working in one to one and group settings, in identifying barriers to learning and ways in which they can be dealt with well. These barriers can be side ranging and often very personal to the individual pupil.


Such barriers could be…………

  • Personal organisation
  • Difficulties at home
  • Behaviour
  • Bullying
  • Relationship issues
  • Dealing with bereavement
  • General disaffection and disengagement from learning


The work of  a learning mentor could include:

  • Difficulties
  • Agreeing targets with the child
  • Developing anti-bullying strategies
  • Developing skills to improve self -confidence and self esteem
  • Offering emotional support and motivation
  • Supporting children through personal crisis
  • Helping pupils to modify their behaviours using techniques



  • We are not teachers
  • We work with children who have problems which stop them from learning as well as they could.
  • We might work with children on their own, in a small group or in their class
  • We usually work with children until they have overcome their problem.


Who might we help?

  • Children who would like to discuss personal or non personal problems.
  • Children who feel they are constantly in trouble.
  • Children who find it difficult to get on with their classmates.

So how do children get help?

  • Teachers can ask for our help.
  • Children can ask for help themselves.
  • You (parents) can talk to us about any concerns you have.


How to reach us…

  • Children can reach us via The Acorn Room or if they need us urgently via their class teacher.
  • Parents can call school on 01772 744449  to discuss any concerns ask to speak to the learning mentor.


  • Acorn Room