Our Academic Mentor supports pupils of all abilities in KS1 and KS2 (including SEN, EAL, PP and highly able, gifted and talented pupils) to strengthen their resilience and to maintain a healthy mental attitude towards facing balanced risk, highly challenging learning in order that their self-esteem and self-confidence can flourish without limitations. Pupils will be taught not just about their strengths, but also where any weaknesses or 'areas to be developed' may lie so that they can be encouraged and nurtured to overcome these. Every struggle with learning hurdles is a learning opportunity which will strengthen resilience and build their self-esteem as individuals for their future lives.
The importance of developing self awareness so that pupils understand their strengths and weaknesses and how they learn is significant. Being honest about yourself is central to academic success and emotional contentment particularly if you are prone to perfectionism/self-doubt or are unused to making mistakes often. Students need to know when to ask for help, what kind of questions to ask and what type of help is most likely to work for them.
The better pupils become at understanding themselves and others, the better they are at helping themselves cope with challenging learning and managing situations under pressure.