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At Smithills School, every Form Tutor also works as a mentor to the pupils in their form.  Each pupil recieves one formal mentoring session per term.  In this session, the Form Tutor will discuss any problems, celebrate successes and agree on targets to help the pupil improve their work and enjoy school life. Mentoring sessions can either be individual or group focused with individual sessions lasting between 15 and 20 minutes whilst group sessions may take up to an hour.


Each mentoring session starts with a review of the previous meetings targets, with pupils encouraged to discuss how and whether they have met these targets. Further focal points for discussion could relate to the timeline of events for each year group as provided in the Mentoring Calendar.


The Form Tutor/Mentor’s role is to encourage pupils/mentees to lead discussions with prompts and guidance. The aim of the mentoring session is to enable the pupil to recognise and reflect on their strengths and areas for development. Each session concludes with new 'SMART' target(s) being set with which pupils feel they have ownership.


As part of the process, mentors keep a record of the session on an on line Mentoring Record Page.If a pupil does not attend a mentoring session, this will also be recorded in their Mentoring Record to ensure accountability for each pupil's provision.

Supporting Smithills and helping your son/daughter set SMART Goals/Targets when being Mentored

Do you want to support your children in the following:

  • their relationship with you?
  • their relationship with their siblings?
  • their relationship with their teachers?
  • their emotional intelligence, (which reflects on their behaviour)?
  • the development of their gifts and talents?
  • their life skills and academic progress?

To have a goal/target means you have a purpose, an objective, an intention, and then you work towards that purpose. Since goals/targets can be short term or long term we need to be clear about what we set in front of ourselves.

All goals/targets need to be S.M.A.R.T.Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time Based.

Specific means narrow in focus, clear in what you mean to achieve. Asking questions such as What, Why and How are a good start.

Measurable means defined in small increments, so you can see progress along the way. You need to know what will mean progress, what will mean success to you in this area.

Achievable means, “do-able.” You need to take all aspects of your life into account and ensure that there is a time and place for you to work on your smart goal/targets. It needs to be not too small, not too big but just right for you to achieve.

Relevant means it is connected to your purpose – you are not copying someone else. This plan will benefit your life in a way that is important to you. Relevant also means that it is appropriate for the now. We need to be honest with where we are at, or where our children are at before we set ourselves on a course of action.

Time-based means it has a beginning and an end.

For goal/target setting to be truly successful we need to add two other aspects. Review and Action.

Review is when we regularly check our goals/targets; when we look back at what we have achieved and assess what happened (or didn’t) and why. Review sets us up for the next stage, for tweaking our plans if necessary and for going forward from where we are at.

Action is simply getting in and doing it! Goals/Targets all look good on paper but unless we live them out our lives will remain the same.

When we have goals/targets in our mind, even better when they are recorded, we are able to be proactive in supporting our children and school. Another benefit is if we can clearly define what we want for our children, it is easier to pass this onto them; for us to be able to talk about it and communicate with school, and for them to begin to take hold of that ideal, and work on their own hearts, their own lives, ultimately taking responsibility for that goal/target in their own life. 

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