Designed to develop effective preventative approaches for learning mentors working with the emotional needs of vulnerable youngsters, this resource helps ensure that children and young people can learn ways to feel safe and valued and can build confidence to act independently.Resources for Learning Mentors shows mentors how to help young people: Develop a capacity to set realistic targets Build a positive view of their strengths and abilities Strengthen skills in communication and problem solving Improve their capacity to manage strong feelingsThe author provides comprehensive facilitator notes, activities, and resources to support positive mental health and well being.
Back in 1973 Bernstein argued that:
We must ensure the material conditions of the school we offer, their values, social organisation, forms of control and pedagogy, the skills and sensitivities of the teachers are refracted through an understanding of the culture the children bring to the school. After all we do no less for the middle class child (p.175).
Unfortunately Bernstein's words seem to have even greater relevance in today's schools.
Boys are four times more likely to be excluded from school and the exclusions are predominantly amongst working class boys, both black and white. Kane (2004) explores some of the reasons for the high rate of exclusions amongst working class boys and highlights a number of key areas, especially the issue of masculinity:
Some pupils, no matter ...