Pastoral Mentoring substantially improves the emotional and mental health of children suffering from loss, which also improves a range of positive school outcomes, including attitudes to learning, better attendance and lower exclusion rates. By enabling young people to better manage and regulate their feelings and develop their relationships skills, our Pastoral Mentoring aims to enable students to focus more in class and work well with their peers and teachers.
"The opportunity to speak with someone on a regular basis who is supportive, non-judgemental and willing to listen to her has contributed immensely to her emotional wellbeing… Her teachers informed me at the recent parents’ evening that her grades are all moving up again and she is re-engaging with education"
- Carer of a year 10 student
Our monitoring and evaluation process indicates that young people receiving Pastoral Mentoring through THIS WAY UP display significant improvements in a range of measures such as anxiety levels. Research by Public Health England demonstrates that ‘pupils with better health and wellbeing are likely to achieve better academically,’ and that ‘effective social and emotional competencies are associated with greater health and wellbeing, and better achievement.’
THIS WAY UP uses the The Young Persons Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation (or YP CORE) matrix to evaluate the success of its mentoring work. Our 2016-17 statistics show an average ten-point reduction in the measured areas of stress and anxiety, distressing thoughts and feelings, and feeling unable to cope in all the students we worked with.
Our proven track record of reducing stress, anxiety and worry and increasing the young person’s use of positive coping strategies mean that we are confident that our work makes a significant positive impact in the lives of the young people we work with.