Introduction

A.T. Award Mentoring Steering to excellence

GCSEs & A-Levels are crucial exams in a person’s academic life. Although an individual needs to make decisions about their education, in preparation for their exams, it can be difficult to know what decision to make. This is where the A.T.Award Mentoring comes in. It provides a professional, safe and independent space in which to reach our own conclusions about how to move forward. Mentoring has been described as “one of the best methods to enhance individuals” . A.T.Award recognizes this and is committed to promoting and facilitating it for the chosen students to ensure their continued success.

Characteristics of mentoring

Learning partnership: Mentoring is a partnership between two people: an experienced person (the mentor) who facilitates the development of another person (the mentee).

Mentoring roles: what do mentors and mentees do? The mentor asks the mentee questions to help them clarify and understand an issue and to assist them in finding a constructive way forward. Mentors provide advice and support to enable mentees to discover solutions for themselves.
The role of the mentee is to take responsibility for their own objectives and to engage actively in the process, such as by undertaking any agreed actions and openly feeding back outcomes.
The mentors spends a great deal of their time listening, asking questions and helping the mentee to develop insights that are beyond their individual perspectives and sometimes outside their comfort zones.

Beneficiaries of mentoring: It is not only the mentors and mentees who benefit directly from the outcomes of the mentoring relationship. Third parties, such as community, friends, relatives and classmates will gain too, be it from higher motivation, greater insights and knowledge, more confidence or increased skill levels. It is the ripple effect that makes mentoring such an effective tool.

A.T.Award Mentoring takes place over a two year period such that each student who successfully embarks on the scheme will be allocated an experienced mentor. There will be a group meeting at the start of the mentoring period (perhaps just after the award ceremony) where all the mentors and mentees will be present. Mentors are required to meet the mentees at least twice a year (i.e. once every six months). The dates can be agreed between both parties. However, the mentoring sessions have to be in a public place e.g (local mosque, community centre or library).
Detailed information is available for both mentors and mentees at the relevant tabs and upon request.

This document was prepared with a help of Institute of Physics (IOP) and University of Surrey PGR Mentoring scheme.