Information for Parents/Carers

If your child has been selected by their school to be mentored by one of our student mentors, you may want to find out more about what’s involved and how the programme works.

Current students from the University of Sheffield will be working as mentors in your child’s school to support them in a variety of ways. Generally they will help your child (mentee) find out more about Further and Higher Education, but they will also focus on things like:

Homework help, coursework support and exam preparation. Providing constructive criticism and signposting useful learning resources.

Study skills e.g. note taking, revision, and time management.

Supporting personal skill development through activities that require critical thinking, confidence and teamwork.

Exploring mentees’ strengths and interests to map out future career/education pathways and set goals to achieve them.

Providing information and guidance about future career and education opportunities.

Introducing mentees to university student life e.g. study, finance, courses and types of institution.

Mentors are encouraged to focus on the areas above to help build confidence around your child’s capabilities. They hope to improve their attainment and raise their aspirations, directing them to sources of information to help them become more independent learners and make informed decisions about their future education and career choices.

Your child will meet with their matched student mentor, in school, on a regular weekly basis during term time to undertake 1-1 mentoring.

One-to-one Mentoring
Each mentor is matched with 3-6 mentees and each weekly session in school will last around 20-30 minutes.

University visit
During the year, mentees will also have the opportunity to visit The University of Sheffield campus with their mentor. The visit includes a group mentor-led session introducing the mentees to university life, a tour of the University Campus and/or accommodation and lunch in our award winning Students' Union.

Celebration event

At the end of the programme, all participants and their families/friends are invited to visit the University of Sheffield for our graduation style celebration event. Each mentee is awarded a certificate, with special recognition for pupils who have engaged particularly well with the programme.

Further information can be found in the Parent/Carer Guide to the right.

The Mentors

The mentors selected to participate in US in Schools Mentoring are:Mentor Team

  • Second year undergraduates or above, who have usually faced barriers to learning in their own education
  • Only accepted on to the programme after taking part in a rigorous selection process, including an application form, group interview and receipt of a satisfactory reference
  • Required to complete an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to working in their allocated school
  • Only sent into school once they have undertaken our comprehensive training programme delivered by the US in Schools Mentoring team, who are approved providers through NCVO Mentoring and Befriending. Training is also supported by the University’s School of Education and experts from within Student Services, the Careers Service and Student Finance

Mentor training consists of:

  • A two day session before mentoring begins covering topics ranging from establishing supportive relationships to child safeguarding;
  • Two Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops in December and February to monitor mentor progress and build on their mentoring skills in light of their classroom experience so far.