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Everyone benefits with students and children partnership

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Haxby Road children and University of York St John mentors

Everyone benefits with students and children partnership

A unique ‘Island Mentoring’ programme has brought success for children from Haxby Road Primary Academy and sports students from York St John University.

Ten students with an average age of 19 had their first taste of being in charge of children – under close supervision – for two hours every week for ten weeks. As one-to-one mentors for Year 5 and 6 children, they were there to listen, be kind, help and have fun. Importantly, they taught children how to make good choices and how to talk about any problems.

“The students were young people our children could look up to and the Island Mentoring programme focussed on our core values self-belief, kindness and trust,” said Karen Doyle, manager of Haxby Road’s pupil and family support team.

“It is about clear rules and expectations and learning the importance of teamwork. Everyone benefits.”

At a special assembly, children and their mentors talked about the progress that had been made. “It helps me learn better and behave better,” said one participant. “It makes me want to come to school,” said another.

The programme is part of a long-standing partnership with York St John University set to raise aspirations.

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