Concord

joins Colet Mentoring Initiative

Wednesday April 28, 2021

Earlier today, Concord joined and commenced an online mentoring scheme – the Colet Mentoring initiative, nominating a number of Subject Mentors to provide other students with free 1:1 academic support. This comes as a complementary service within the college, building on its very successful mentorship programme, which has been delivered in-person for almost 15 years. The Colet Mentoring initiative – which launched at the height of lockdown in Summer 2020, is an app designed by EasyA, an online tutoring business that connects students to expertly-trained and highly-skilled tutors in minutes. According to the EasyA website, the core mission is encouraging students to support one another: “All students have questions and all students have something to teach, so the initiative connects the two.” 14 students from Concord’s Sixth Form and a further student from Form 5 were nominated by Heads of Departments in the disciplines of Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics to be Subject Mentors, providing ‘expert help on demand’ to other Concord students. These students received online training from EasyA in the use of the app, mentoring skills and safeguarding during the Easter holidays. Speaking of their inclusion in the new initiative, 6.1 student and Biology Subject Mentor, Ryan said: “Being part of such a large project at Concord is truly humbling. “I believe that the Colet Mentoring Initiative will really help to bridge the gap between mentors and mentees during these unprecedented times when social distancing and ‘bubbles’ have limited healthy student interaction between year groups. “Personally, I really like the idea of having an interactive whiteboard as it facilitates me to help my mentees in a similar fashion as though I was in the same classroom with them.” According to Assistant Principal (Professional Development & Systems), Mr Daniel Wilson: “The current mentor programme has enabled students to seek help from their peers beyond the school day, so the college has been looking for ways to ease this access for students so they can get the help they need in order to succeed. “The aim is to provide a further resource to help Concord students reach their potential.” And to meet the needs of our own students’ academic schedules, “the app is enabling students to connect Concord’s Subject Mentors during their prep periods. “Mentors can actually control when they are available for support, so as to not be overloaded, they can only be contacted between 18.30 and 20.30 pm Monday to Friday. “The Mentors will also organise who is on-call each night.” Presentations about the initiative have been shared to all 6.1 students during their tutor time via Zoom, including overseas students still studying remotely. Reflecting on the benefits of the new initiative, Mr Wilson said: “Mentees will be able to receive help during Prep quickly and easily via the secure app – They can work through questions and problems with their peers and get guidance on mastering key skills in their subjects. “Mentors will be able to share their knowledge and receive valuable leadership experience that will serve them well in the wider college community and beyond. “This programme will further support the 6.1 cohort as they undertake their assessments and begin to consider their UCAS applications too.” He added: “The hope is that this will be eventually used across the school in the next academic year and also to possibly provide outreach to local secondary schools and Concord International schools in the future.”