Mentoring Sessions
Why have schools moved to mentoring systems rather than 5-minute parent meetings?

International ongoing research indicates that purposeful engagement with students and their families is critical to student success.
Such engagement involves regular two-way conversations between a student and a designated teacher (academic counselling/coaching/mentoring), and periodic, three-way, parent-student-teacher conversations, as well as data-based teacher core group meetings.
To be effective, academic conversations with students and their parents/whānau need to be data-based, individualised and responsive to each student’s personal situation, focussed on learning and achievement rather than behaviour, and be genuinely interactive, allowing students and parents as well as teachers to offer their views, ask questions, clarify understandings, and contribute to goal setting and planning.
Parental/whānau engagement initiated through parent-student-teacher conferences is critical to developing relationships that can support students in setting and achieving their academic goals.
In 2017 we trialed Mentoring with Year 10-12 students during the Option Choice process, this year we have extended the programme to cover Years 7-13. The feedback received after the 2017 sessions was overwhelmingly positive, we have refined some of our documentation, but most of the process has remained the same.

As part of our ongoing review of school practices, we'd like to ask some questions about our Mentoring system. Please complete this survey if you are the parent of a Year 7-13 Student at The Catlins Area School and recently attended the Mentoring Sessions on Tuesday, March 13th.

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We advertised the Mentoring Sessions through the school website and newsletter. For you, what would be the best way to advertise events like this in the future?
Appointments were booked through schoolinterviews.co.nz. Was this easier than calling the office for appointments?
There were a couple of 'bumps in the road' with the booking for the Year 7 and 8 group because they were split between three mentors. If your child is in Year 7 or 8, are you now sure who is responsible for their mentoring and Careers education? (Please call the school if you need more information).
Your child was able to share their Personal Learning Plan with you at the Mentoring Session. Were there additional items you would like to see added to the Personal Learning Plan?
Is there additional information that you would like shared at Mentoring Meetings?
If your child is in Years 11-13, do you have a clear understanding of their upcoming NCEA commitments?
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