The Enfield Outreach Team support all Secondary Schools within the borough of Enfield through a mentoring programme. Mentors will work on a 1-1 basis whilst also delivering group workshops which are tailored to the needs of the young people. The Outreach mentors are in a unique position to engage and inspire the learners and act as ideal role models, highly skilled and experienced - they support learners in school with engagement to learning and work on improving behaviour. Learners are given a block of 12 weeks mentoring using the same mentor and sessions are held once a week. Mentors help pastorally by speaking with school staff, parents/carers and any other professionals to update and give recommendations during their time with the mentees. After 12 weeks, the mentoring cycle is reviewed, mentors will update schools and parents/carers and determine whether any further mentoring may be necessary.
The aim of the behaviour one on one service is to provide mentoring support to young people. The focus of the one on one sessions is varied and ultimately adapted to suit the needs of the young person and school.
However, the focal point of the sessions is usually designed to address the young person’s negative behaviours in school. Such behaviours that may be causing concern, both in and around the school, resulting in negative relationships with peers and teachers and therefore causing disruption to the young person’s learning.
The one on one sessions support the young person through discussions and understanding, which aims to identify any other issues or concerns that might be having an impact on the young person’s behaviour, while providing a safe and supportive space to encourage reflection, accountability, responsibility and change. The mentors will work closely with teachers and school staff to address issues and implement the strategies from the one on one sessions, in order to improve the learning experience and environment for the young person. If there are any other concerns that we identify through mentoring, these are fed back to the school for assessment and with the mentor’s input, schools will then identify and refer to external agencies for additional support if needed.
Behaviour Support Groupwork
Behaviour Support Service offer interventions in the form of groupwork. The purpose of intervention varies depending on the needs of the school or individuals.
The groups are identified and chosen by schools and usually consist of up to 10 students and normally run for a duration of 6 weeks unless discussed previously with then school. The school will select the individuals they wish to attend the group. BSS try to meet all attendees individually before starting the group, this is to explain to the young person what the groupwork will consist of. During the groupwork, needs will be explored and tackled through means of discussions, role play and other strategic methods to achieve the desired outcome.
BSS will keep a register to record attendance each week. On completion, everyone will be presented with a certificate acknowledging their participation and contribution to the group.
During and after the groupwork, the BSS staff member will identify if any of young people need extra intervention. If this is needed, they can be referred by the school for 1:1 mentoring or whichever intervention is best suited for the individual.