Narrowing the Gap- Targeted intervention - raising achievement

‘Narrowing the gap’ in Every Child Matters (ECM) outcomes is priority for all schools and colleges.  These outcomes, in summary, are to be healthy, to stay safe, to enjoy and achieve, to make a positive contribution and to achieve economic well-being.  Some young people are more vulnerable than others due to a number of factors ranging from socio-economic, physical and emotional well-being, difficulties in learning or behaviour control to the community in which the young person lives.  Meeting the challenge of this group of young people is essential in order to ‘narrow the gap’ 

The establishment of a peer mentor project to support targeted groups of young people as laid down in the what seems to ‘make a difference’ narrowing the gap publication, can provide support for specific groups of young people.  Peer mentors who believe and share a passion, can instill confidence, inspire, listen, praise and encourage all to do well.  This older student can act as the mentor to ensure that every child in your school does matter.

Course Details - up to 50 students can be delivered over 1 or 2 days

  • Schools aims and objectives
  • Role of the mentor
  • Confidentiality and disclosures
  • Developing a relationship
  • Tools, techniques and structure to meetings
  • Target setting and motivation


  • To provide opportunities for older students to help and support others in school and college
  • Provide year 12 and 13 with a programme linking with lower school
  • To highlight to students how they can collectively ‘make a difference’
  • Develop confidence and responsibility in mentors and self belief and raise aspirations, confidence and awareness in mentees


  • Every child a reader
  • Every child valued
  • Increased attainment in English and Maths
  • Increased self esteem and motivation of young people


‘Using the sixth form students at our school has been one of the success stories this year.  They have acted as fantastic role models to students in all year groups, from those needing one to one reading support to those requiring motivation and someone to talk to about what to do next.  The training you provide us each year is the foundation to this success.  Many thanks once again.’

Sara Wood, Benton Park High School, Leeds