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learning mentors and personal advisers

Pages exploring the work of learning mentors - and the issues facing them in their work
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In England, the provision photo: kings cross and brunswick detached youth work projectof support services for young people has been redrawn. Perhaps the most significant practice innovation has been the emergence of learning mentors and personal advisers. These pages examine some of the practical issues involved, debates around policy and some questions of theory.

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Learning mentors. In England the experiment with learning mentors in schools has been extended and linked to the development of personal advisors. Find out more about this role and initiative.

What is a personal adviser? The English government has attempted to form a new professional grouping  - that of personal adviser - what functions does it perform, and what issues surround its establishment?

Mentoring and young people. There has been a mushrooming of youth mentoring projects across the UK. Yet relatively little is known in the UK about the background to the idea and the principles underlying mentoring initiatives. Kate Philip investigates. 

Social exclusion, 'joined-up' thinking and individualization - new labour's connexions strategy. Tony Jeffs and Mark K. Smith explore some of the key themes and ideas that run through the British government’s Connexions Strategy for young people in England. Five of these are explicit: social exclusion, ‘the knowledge economy’, ‘joined up thinking’, transition, and targets; and two, individualization and surveillance, are not. However, all seven are central to the New Labour project. They argue that the strategy is deeply flawed.

New community schools in Scotland: In a fascinating initiative, over 150 Scottish schools are developing more integrated services to raise attainment and promote social inclusion. Will they work?

Full-service schooling in the United States: Policymakers in Britain have begun to turn to the full-service school model. What actually is it and what issues have arisen for educators?

Extended schooling. According to the DfES (2002), an extended school ‘is one that provides a range of services and activities often beyond the school day to help meet the needs of its pupils, their families and the wider community’ We explore the reality - and issues around extended schooling. 

Youth work in schools. A review of the development of youth work in schools. Plus an annotated bibliography. See, also, the discussion of issues facing informal educators in schools.