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Embracing Growth: A Journey Through Behaviour and Resilience Mentor Induction Training

Updated: Oct 26, 2023

At Think for the Future, fostering an environment of growth, learning, and professional development is at the heart of our operations. At the start of each new year, TFTF organise an intensive induction training programme to prepare our new staff for the rewarding role of Behaviour & Resilience Mentors (BRM). With a comprehensive agenda focusing on essential topics such as Mental Health, Safeguarding, and Behaviour Management, alongside team-building activities, the training sets the foundation for success and instils a sense of excitement among the team.

Empowering Minds: Mental Health Training

Recognising the critical role that Mental Health plays in today's educational settings, we place a strong emphasis on Mental Health training during the induction programme. Mentors are provided with invaluable insights into recognising signs of distress in students and equipping them with the tools to offer appropriate support. By fostering a culture of empathy and understanding, our new mentors are well-prepared to tackle the challenges that may arise while nurturing the mental well-being of the students they'll be working with.

Safe Learning Spaces: Safeguarding Training

Safety is a paramount concern for any educational institution, and the new BRM mentors receive comprehensive Safeguarding training to ensure they can create secure learning spaces. Understanding how to identify and respond to potential safeguarding issues is essential for maintaining the trust of students and their families. Thanks to the dedicated guidance from the training team, the mentors are equipped to handle safeguarding matters with sensitivity and professionalism.

Navigating Behaviours: Behaviour Management Training

One of the core pillars of a Behaviour & Resilience Mentor's role is managing challenging behaviours within the school environment. Through targeted Behaviour Management training, the new staff hone their skills in de-escalation techniques, positive reinforcement, and conflict resolution. This training not only empowers the mentors to effectively address disruptive behaviour but also allows them to build stronger relationships with the students, nurturing a supportive and encouraging learning atmosphere.

Building Bridges: Team Socials

Learning and development doesn’t have to be all work and no play! We understand the significance of team-building and camaraderie within our whole TFTF team. To foster a sense of belonging and unity all BRM mentors, existing and new, participate in social events across our regional teams. The mentors forge bonds that enhance collaboration and mutual support over the academic year.

The Human Touch: TFTF Operations Team

Behind the seamless execution of the induction training is the dedicated BRM operations team. Comprising of experienced Mentor Managers and School Services Managers, this dynamic team ensures that new staff receive the best guidance and support. Their expertise in mentoring and their deep understanding of our schools are invaluable assets throughout the training programme, inspiring the new mentors to aim for excellence.

The Journey Ahead

Armed with knowledge, empathy, and a support team behind them, the newly trained Behaviour & Resilience Mentors are equipped with the necessary tools to excel in their roles and are eager to embark on their journey in schools. TFTF’s commitment to continuous learning ensures that mentors will receive ongoing support and professional development to further enhance their skills and abilities.

As our team of Behaviour and Resilience Mentors support young people across our schools, they carry with them the belief that every student can thrive in a nurturing and compassionate environment. With their unwavering dedication and the foundation laid during the induction training, TFTF Mentors are poised to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of the students they serve.

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