What is a Mentor

If you have a postgraduate degree in either art and design or music, are interested in teaching and have dyslexia, dyspraxia, Aspergers or ADHD, then you could apply to be one of our Creative Mentors.

The programme runs over four academic terms starting in September. During the first term you will be gaining class-room experience at one of our provider schools. You will also attend lectures that focus on the types of difficulties (academic and emotional) that students with learning differences experience and the strategies that can be employed to help students overcome them. In the subsequent three terms, you will be based in the art and design or music departments in one of our schools where you will focus on encouraging and helping students with learning differences to gain new skills and confidence in these areas. Every half-term you will attend a progress meeting for which you will be expected to prepare a short report.

You will:

  • Learn new skills
  • Make new contacts
  • Experience working in Secondary schools

Creative mentors will seek to:

  • Raise awareness among staff who teach creative subjects about the implications of working with young people who process information differently.
  • Introduce them to specialist teaching methods that help dyslexic and dyspraxic children to engage and learn.
  • Raise awareness about the possible advantages there are for dyslexic and dyspraxic people involved in the arts, precisely because they have the ability to think in unpredictable and original ways.
  • Provide encouragement for dyslexic and dyspraxic children who have lost confidence in their ability, in both academic and creative subjects, because of their struggle with the school curriculum and the exam system.
  • Provide role models who faced the same problems in their time at school but made their way through the system to educational and potential career success.

Recently one of our Mentors wrote: “The goal of a Creative Mentor is through attention and encouragement, to help the learner reach their potential.”


Click here to view our mentors.