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  • ‘The Personal Element’: How The Villiers Park Scholars Programme successfully blends face to face and online mentoring. Jeremy Reynolds and Jo Counsell jr/jc@villierspark.org.uk www.villierspark.org.uk Registered Charity No. 225930 Brightside National Mentoring Conference Wednesday 11 September 2013
  • A national charity that helps able young people reach their full academic potential and develop a passion for learning. We are committed to fair access – our Scholars Programme sets out to enable students from less advantaged backgrounds gain a place at a leading university or other centre of excellence.
  • The Cambridge Centre
  • Helping young people with high potential to succeed regardless of their background
  • A programme to support able 14-19 students from less advantaged backgrounds through partnership work with schools, colleges, universities, other third sector organisations, families and the students themselves
  • The Scholars Programme addresses all factors that might impede a student’s success The Scholar classroom provision virtual outreach real outreach
  • Real outreach • Stepping Stones to Excellence key skills residential courses at Villiers Park • Masterclasses at local universities • Local single day workshops to broaden interests eg journalism, philosophy • Subject specific residentials at Villiers Park in Year 12/13 Virtual outreach • Dedicated Scholars Programme Online Hub with IAG • 200 online extension activities covering 20 subjects • E-mentoring with current undergraduates (subject and interest match)
  • Classroom Provision • Villiers Park Advisory Service team work in their schools and colleges to develop the quality of everyday provision through action research, CPD and provision of resources Outside support • Regular one-to-one and group meetings with a Learning Mentor who also meets termly with a school liaison • Developing and monitoring of a Stepping Stones to Excellence Action Plan Outside environment • Workshops, helpline, consultancy, regular communication for families
  • How does it all work? Scholars Villiers Park Central Team - oversee the whole project Learning Mentors – support Scholars in school and manage ementoring E-mentors - Provide a role model for Scholars, inspire and inform about university; give subject specific information Brightside – run website and support the project
  • Top Tips for face-to-face mentoring • Provide a safe reflective space • Building rapport • Active listening • Flexibility • Be prepared – a few favourite staples • Sometimes - being is more important than doing
  • Top Tips for E-mentoring • Short simple questions initially to build rapport • Answering mentee’s questions • Finding interesting and positive examples • Keeping correspondence regular but not overwhelming • Awareness of important times e.g. exams • Showing an interest (e.g. supplementary questions)
  • I would absolutely be interested in being a mentor again next year- I have found it to be a wonderful experience so far and would be very reluctant to give it up It's worked well having people within the schools to speak to the mentee's as well as their online mentor- it's been a useful way of making sure there's another line of communication if they don't reply. To be honest, I can't think of any particular way to improve from this side of things- I think everything is working really well :) I have enjoyed the opportunity to help people and offer advice. Just to say that I've really enjoyed being an ementor. Having a few issues with the students replying, but other than that, it's really enjoyable! I would love to continue as an ementor next year I'd be willing to carry on ementoring, I have really enjoyed it this year.
  • all the best with the programme: I believe what you are doing is immensely noble and necessary, however, it says as much about our flawed educational system, as it does about your altruism. I would be delighted to continue. allow me to extend my genuine congratulations on establishing such a successful and commendable enterprise as this ementoring programme I am absolutely passionate about all access schemes… …I have come to see the immense importance of encouraging people from all backgrounds to make the most of their opportunities
  • “There's no way people would be thinking you're too stupid, and I know that for two reasons. Firstly, they picked you to do this scheme because you ARE bright, and secondly because when you get an offer at university it will be because they want you to study there! Never think that you're less good than anyone else :)”
  • Questions • Mentoring and school life/ work • Issues or problems & resolving them • Development over the year – you and mentoring • Biggest help/ influence • This coming year • The practicalities of mentoring • During the mentoring sessions…