Updated: Oct 22, 2020
August 2020 saw 7 new Behaviour and Resilience Mentors join the Think for the Future team, spending their summer in Nottingham for an intensive few weeks of training. Individually selected from nearly 3,000 applicants and with backgrounds in Mental Health Nursing, school pastoral leadership, students with SEN and even an ex-pro footballer, basketballer and rugby player, our new members of staff join our ever-growing team of impactful mentors working in schools to build relationships with students and improve our young people’s school outcomes and futures.
Our training gives our mentors the opportunity to develop the skills and experience they already bring to the role, apply theory to their methods and learn from those already working successfully in our schools. Training was delivered by our in-house specialists, as well as our external partners who provide high-quality sessions on behaviour management, counselling skills, mental-health and gender and sexuality awareness. We also covered trends in education, delivery skills, safeguarding and our topic of the year – working in schools during Covid-19!
Our time together each term is looked forward to by all. It gives us the opportunity to reflect on experiences we’ve had, share best practice and plan for the term ahead. Regularly meeting as the Think for the Future team is an important part of ensuring consistency of our ‘Purple Presence’ by centring and applying our organisational values to our mentoring methodologies; Belief, Courage, Growth.
Whilst Covid-19 may have put a stop to our usual team-building activities, we were still able to show belief, courage and growth on the football pitch with an end-of-training friendly between our North and South teams. We’re pleased to say their performance on the pitch is no reflection on the North team’s ability to mentor and build rapport with your students and we’ll just have to hope we can get back to our usual activities next time.