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Evaluating a formalised peer mentoring programme: student voice and impact audit

Evaluating a formalised peer mentoring programme: student voice and impact audit

Parsons, Carl and Knowles, Catherine (2009) Evaluating a formalised peer mentoring programme: student voice and impact audit. Pastoral Care in Education, 27 (3). pp. 205-218. ISSN 0264-3944 (Print), 1468-0122 (Online) (doi:10.1080/02643940903133888)

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Abstract

Over the past 10 years, mentoring of children and young people has become an increasingly important feature of social policy in the United Kingdom. This is evidenced in the rapid growth in the number of mentoring schemes operating in a range of educational settings. In 2006 the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation was contracted by the Department for Education and Skills to pilot nationally a formal and sustainable peer mentoring scheme in 180 secondary schools in England, generating 3600 matched pairs. The evaluators, appointed by the Department for Education and Skills, had the overarching aim of supporting the development of evidence‐based peer mentoring and enhancing the capacity of those involved to engage in evaluation practice. This article reports the methodology and main findings of the evaluation of the programme. It was evident that schools engaged positively and productively with the project and with this structured form of mentoring. Qualitative interview evidence, self‐report data from the ‘About Me’ scale, and the teacher and mentee and mentor ‘voice’ attested to benefits, but impact data (attendance, attainment, behaviour) did not provide corroborative evidence of a positive effect.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: peer mentoring, mentor, evaluation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care
School of Health & Social Care > Department of Psychology & Counselling
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:24
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9916

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