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From the North West Local Improvement Plan priorities for young people and employment state:
- Our young people will leave school with suitable ‘life skills’ to help them make appropriate and informed choices, and will be supported to be ready, equipped and confident to enter the world of work.
- Our young people will leave school with suitable ‘life skills’ and attainment levels to help them make informed and appropriate choices.
This peer mentoring programme aims to help achieve these priorities by:
- Increasing young people’s positive engagement at school and in their community
- Increasing young people’s confidence, motivation and communication skills
This is an early intervention approach which aims to break the cycle of early disengagement from school that is likely to lead on to young people leaving school without moving into further/higher education, training or employment. It is from evidence that we know young people who leave school without moving into education, training or employment, start to disengage as early as 2nd year. We also know these young people also have limited social networks and limited access to local community provision.
The Peer Mentoring project will help to reduce disengagement by:
- Providing consistent, mentoring support starting from S1 through to S6
- Recruiting, supporting and developing the skills of the mentors