Assertive Mentoring

In September 2012 Abram Bryn Gates primary School introduced a new system called ‘Assertive Mentoring’ to our school.  

The Aims of Assertive Mentoring are:
- to raise standards for all
- to motivate and involve children in their learning
- to inform and involve parents in their child’s learning

The system 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.

Assertive Mentoring brings together a whole series of initiatives and policies we already had at Abram Bryn Gates primary, and then goes that extra step to improve them! It is about shining the light on the positive!

Mentoring files and one-to-one meetings

Each child now has a very important Assertive Mentoring file which will stay with them throughout their time at Abram Bryn Gates Primary School.  In the mentoring file is stored all the information the staff, children and yourselves need to be aware of in relation to academic achievement, attitude and behaviour. 

Academic Work

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 targets in reading, writing and mathematics each half term, and to work with the children to complete these.  The system 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.

Assertive mentoring is based on a colour coding system

 Green means that the child has exceeded expectations in attainment, attitude, achievement and behaviour. 

Yellow means that the child has met expectations and is on target, working solidly and has a good attitude to learning and behaviour. 

Red means that the child needs further support with meeting their targets in attainment, attitude and/or behaviour. 

The advantages of the system:

  • Quick and easy to use and understand.
  • All staff in school use the same approach.
  • Children judge their own learning and behaviour: they are startlingly accurate.
  • Children are empowered to take ownership and control of the way they behave and their attitude to learning.
  • Children who have a good attitude to learning and school life are praised.

Attitude and behaviour

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. 

In conclusion

Assertive Mentoring has been introduced to Abram Bryn Gates to raise standards for all.  It has already had a marked effect in school and we ask that you work with us to make it the resounding success we know it can be