Introduced in 1999 as part of the Excellence in Cities (EiC) initiative, learning mentors are employed to work with learners in schools and colleges in order to help them to overcome barriers to learning and engage more fully with the learning process. This may involve anything from building motivation to giving practical assistance with literacy issues or note‐taking skills. They are a recognized occupational group required to work to the national occupational standards for Learning Development and Support Services (LDSS). A 2003 report from Ofsted, Excellence in Cities and Education Action Zones: Management and Impact, concluded that in 95 per cent of the schools surveyed, the mentoring programme had had a positive impact on the school as a whole, as well as on the behaviour and learning of individual pupils. The initiative now falls under the aegis of the Department for Children, Schools, and Families.
http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/learningmentors/ Maps the functions of the learning mentor.