Vision Mentoring Scheme
The Vision Mentoring Scheme was established thirteen years ago to offer black students a mentoring facility using positive black role models from the community. Initially the scheme was based in one school with only three pupils but it spread to encompass seven schools in the County, involving over 40 pupils and mentors.
Mentors are allocated to pupils and meet with each other on a regular basis to discuss academic progress and other issues, but they also participate in a range of social activities.
In April 2002 'Vision' was awarded a certificate of accreditation from the National Mentoring Network at a ceremony held in the Tower of London. This new initiative was introduced to ensure high standards in mentoring throughout the country. It is backed by the The Home Office and DfES.
The scheme now forms part of 'Fishpool'. Pupils in pilot schools have been allocated mentors from the black community to provide positive role models and encourage the performance of the young people. Mentors will receive certificates to recognise their work at the Fishpool Black Achievement of the Year Ceremony.
READS have appointed a full-time Learning Mentor to support Black pupils in our schools. Haltia Watkins, a member of the Black community, and a qualified teacher, supports individuals and small groups in six Gloucester schools. She offers guidance in study skills, organisation and planning, styles of learning, Black History, self esteem, identity and aspirations.