Learning Mentor

Mrs Petrylak is our Learning Mentor.

"I have lived in Albrighton for 8 years after having been posted here with my husband’s RAF career. I have worked as a class teacher for 9 years and joined the team at Albrighton Primary in April 2021. In my Learning Mentor role I offer emotional, social and behavioural support to the children. This includes supporting the children's mental health and wellbeing, boosting their resilience and confidence and overcoming any barriers to learning that they may have."

What is a Learning Mentor

A Learning Mentor provides support and guidance to children who are experiencing difficulties in learning due to social, emotional or behavioural problems or other issues.  Learning Mentors help children to overcome those behavioural, social or emotional problems that are affecting their learning.  A Learning Mentor is here to:

  • Listen
  • Offer support
  • Promote positive behaviour
  • Offer encouragement and build self-esteem, resilience and confidence
  • Identify the barriers to learning and provide strategies to help


Who can a Learning Mentor help?

A Learning Mentor can help any child, some of the problems they can help with are:

  • Children who need support with social skills and relationships
  • Children with specific needs
  • Children with low resilience, self-esteem/motivation/confidence
  • Children with behavioural needs
  • Bereavement
  • Children with emotional needs
  • Children with difficulties at home


How can a Learning Mentor help?

A Learning Mentor can by using various strategies to help a child reach their full potential, these include:

  • 1:1 mentoring sessions to discuss problems and address how these may be overcome
  • Individual sessions focusing on issues particular to the individual child
  • Group Activities – focussing on specific areas – such as resilience, self-esteem, friendships etc.
  • Utilisation of childs own hobbies or interests to enhance learning
  • Liaise with parents and outside agencies where necessary