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ERIC Number: EJ961131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0034-5237
Learning Mentors Eight Years on: Still Removing Barriers to Learning?
Bishop, Jo
Research in Education, v85 n1 p30-42 May 2011
The Learning Mentor role has been seen as one of the success stories of education policy introduced under New Labour, establishing itself as a key figure in the explosion of new non-teaching roles in the schools workforce. But have they stuck to their original, somewhat narrow brief of "removing barriers to learning" with the primary aim of enabling young people in inner-city schools to gain 5 A-C grades at General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) level; or is this type of intervention in reality much less prescribed and child/young person centred? This article sets out to explore how the Learning Mentor (LM) role has evolved since it was first established. The research, carried out with learning mentors based in High Schools in a city in the North of England presents a "snapshot" of the activities that are deemed to constitute this role some eight years on from its inception and further considers how the role has endured and to what extent has it been re-branded in terms of both name and corresponding activities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)