“Assertive Mentoring brings together many outstanding school systems together in one place. It is a focussed, child centred, collaborative approach based on a dialogue about the child’s present and future learning needs.”
Assertive Mentoring is the behaviour and attitude system we follow in school.
The Aims of Assertive Mentoring are:
- to raise standards for all
- to motivate and involve children
- to inform and involve parents
It aims to improve academic learning, and raise standards for all children. It helps children to become more organised and to have a better attitude to school life. Assertive Mentoring improves behaviour.
We reward achievement, attainment and attitudes with a smiley. Each smiley contributes towards whole school house points, class rewards and individual rewards.
We will be using colours as part of our behaviour and expectations system. Staff and children have categorised behaviours into Red, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple. With green being the expected behaviour, blue being good behaviour and purple being outstanding.
Incidents of red and yellow behaviour are recorded in the Assertive Mentoring file and become and integral part of the Assertive Mentoring Meeting. So we recommend the children keep their behaviour green.
We will measure and record children’s attitude to school life, and set targets for improvement if they are needed. Many aspects of our routine come under this heading, for example wearing of correct uniform, bringing in to school PE kit, attendance and punctuality.
If green is used then this can tell the child that everything is going well or they are trying hard or they are doing their homework or they are attending school regularly or they are on time or they are making just the right progress and showing the correct behaviours.
If yellow is used then this can tell the child that things are not going quite so well or they could try harder or they are only doing their homework sometimes or they not always attending school or they are sometimes late or they should be making more progress.
If red is used then things are not going well at all, children are not really trying or they are not doing their homework or they are often missing school or they are often late or they are not making progress.
Assertive Mentoring targets what a child can do, and what they need to do to move to the next level. It allows teachers to set achievable but realistic targets in reading, writing and mathematics each half term, and to work with the children to complete these. It facilitates sharing these targets with parents so that you can help your child to achieve even more quickly. Children know exactly what level they are working at, and what they need to do to move on. Marking and feedback to children are very focused and termly mentoring meetings review what has been achieved and what needs to be done next.
Thank you for your support.
Assertive Mentoring has been introduced to St Chad’s to raise standards for all. We believe it will help all our children achieve success and improve the learning experience for all members of our school community. We also have a Home - School Agreement that Teachers, Parents/Carers and Children sign so we all agree on expectations.