Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee.

This project will enable ESDEG to help refugee children’s educational attainment, school attendance, behaviour and future chances in life in the following ways:

* Children who receive mentoring will gain self-esteem and confidence in the classroom and in the wider school environment. They will have an opportunity to explore the difficulties they are facing and find practical ways to manage themselves at school.

* Children from refugee backgrounds can be vulnerable to alienation from the education system when they start secondary school. Our project will provide mentoring at primary school and this will contribute towards preventing future problems and setting children up for a better experience of transition to secondary education.

* Mentoring will be part of a package of support that ESDEG provides, including supplementary education. It enables children to make the best use of both supplementary and mainstream education and so contribute to their educational attainment.

ESDEG will strengthen its ties with the community of refugee families and equally work with local groups and schools for the same objectives of raising academic standards and integrating diverse communities into education and into life in the UK. Our supplementary schools respond to a need that the parents – who are from refugee communities – are unable to meet by their own efforts. This mentoring project will complement the supplementary schools by providing additional one-to-one guidance for children who will benefit from this extra support.

The project is designed to provide individual mentoring, complementing our supplementary tuition services. Boys and girls in Years 5 and 6 who are identified by schools will have weekly mentoring sessions with a young learning mentor. The mentoring inspires children and help raise their self-esteem, helping them understand why it is important to study and succeed in life by looking up to successful role models. The project works with 10 – 15 children each week and up to 60 children over the course of 40 term-time weeks that the project operates.

The project has the following aims:-

• In partnership with school teachers and parents; we identify and support children from refugee background who are struggling with attendance, attainment and behaviour in Years 5 and 6 in three primary schools in Ealing.

• Provide one-to-one guidance and support to children in managing the difficulties they are facing in the classroom and wider school environment.

• Strengthen the link with parents and support them in wider participation and engagement in their children’s development and attainment.