The Mentoring service is a two-way process between a mentor and a student.
Work undertaken by the mentoring service is S.M.A.R.T.E.R. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Target Focused, Enriching & Recordable).
The IZONE offer two types of mentoring programmes:
This is controlling or creating a situation rather then dealing with it after it has happened. Students will work with their mentor who will assess their needs and set achievable goals. This will be done on a one to one basis for a maximum of 12 weeks.
Mentors will also support students’ attendance and problem solving at the Academy through assessment and referral. Mentors will coordinate referrals to appropriate agencies offering support. This could be one to one or group work sessions.
Examples of the outside agencies that regularly visit the Academy are:
- CHANGES (Recovery, Mental Wellbeing)
- Young Minds (low level mental health)
- C.A.M.H.S (higher level mental health)
- School Nurse
- Dove (bereavement)
- Arch (domestic violence)
- Savana (sexual harm)
- Unique & Valued (self-esteem for girls)
- Rhythm (self-esteem for boys)
- Youth Offending Team
- Anger Management
- Ruby Girls (self-esteem for girls)
- Rough Diamonds (self-esteem for girls)
- Catch 22 (sexual exploitation)
- S.T.A.R (Sex, Teenagers and Relationships)
The impact of the mentoring system is evaluated each year and the findings support the fact that it is an effective and valued service. The impact of the mentoring system has been assessed using attendance and behaviour data. For example, students accessing a variety of services experience the following;
- Detention C3s reduced by 47.5% on the Ruff anger programme.
- Detention C3s reduced by 15% on the Youth anger programme.
- The Dove intervention cohort attendance increased by 10.42%
- The Rhythm cohort attendance increased by 6.2%
- The Ruby Girls cohort attendance increased by 5%
- The anger management cohort attendance increased by 8%
- Self-esteem interventions accounted for a 14% collective decrease in C3 detentions
- The student mentoring intervention accounted for a 25% reduction in C3 detentions