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Reading: Mentors

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 508W, on reading: mentors, (1) whether it is part of the role of paid support staff acting as learning mentors in schools to provide intensive or one-to-one tuition in mathematics; (144446)

(2) what qualifications paid support staff acting as learning mentors in schools are required to have.

Mentors can be used to offer specific support in mathematics as well as offering a wider role in supporting children as learners across a range of subjects. Support of a one-to-one type is more often undertaken by a teaching assistant who, working with the teacher, would identify the specific learning needs of the child. This one-to-one support is a mix of in-class support and out of class focused work.

There are no specific qualifications that support staff acting as learning mentors in schools are required to have. It is for individual head teachers to assess and decide whether staff have the necessary skills and experience to carry out the role and whether they need to access the range of training and support opportunities that exist for support staff acting as mentors.