Thursday 3rd December 2009 by C. Freeman
Two familiar faces are back at Brooke Weston mentoring the younger students. Mr Lee Stockley and Miss Rebecca Clarke were both in the Sixth Form here last year. After taking their A-Levels they have returned for a year's placement as Learning Mentors.
At the moment they are working individually with Year 7 and 8 students to boost their reading but no doubt the scope of their roles will develop over this academic year. It is a scheme that was first pioneered last year when top-performing student Miss King stopped on for a year's placement before going on to study at Cambridge.
At the moment the duo are helping younger students with their reading skills after having training through Corby Reads, the same scheme followed by the Year 12 Reader Leaders who are only assigned one reading buddy, while Mr Stockley and Miss Clarke have several students to mentor.
Mr Stockley said: 'You have to gain students' interest so what they are doing is worthwhile to them; if they are interested in it they are much more likely to learn more about it. We'll read a book then work on spelling or grammar and, if they have done well and progressed we'll do something fun and interesting like Top Trumps; it's a sense of reward for good work. I imagine we'll progress on to doing more subjects or taking classes or trying to progress on in different ways. I love teaching, interacting with the students and getting them interested.'
Miss Clarke said: 'I like it because you can see the change already. From one week to the next they're really improving. They are so much more confident which is really good to see. I think I'd like to teach eventually but I'd like to work one-on-one with students and will maybe look at getting into special educational needs.'