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Assertive Mentoring

In September 2014 we introduced a new system called ‘Assertive Mentoring’ from Y1-Y6.

What is Assertive Mentoring?

It is a way of assessing the progress of each child and setting targets for improvement.

The Aims of Assertive Mentoring are:
– to raise standards for all.
– to motivate and involve children in their learning.
– to inform and involve parents, so they can help in their child’s learning and understand the progress their child is making.

How does it work?

Each pupil has their own Assertive Mentoring File that holds all the information about their progress. This stays with them throughout their time at The Pines.

Every child is allocated an adult mentor. This adult may be their class teacher, but could be one of the office staff, a teaching assistant, our Headteacher or even our caretaker! Once a term each pupil meets their mentor in a 10-15 minute meeting on an individual basis.  In this meeting, pupil and mentor talk about where the pupil is in reading and maths and what they need to focus on to get to the next level. 

Together the mentor and pupil will look at their school books and in their Assertive Mentoring file at their current achievements. In their books, they will find their Maths and English target and can discuss how well they have achieved these already. 

In their files, they will find their weekly Key Skills Tests, Grammar Hammer Tests and Times Table Records. Children tests are marked and scored. These are then rated as Red/Yellow/Green, depending on their total. Together the pupil and mentor will look at how their test scores are progressing over time.  Each child is also given a  Behaviour and Attitude Record. The children are given a Red/Yellow/Green to award their attendance, punctuality, behaviour, effort, homework and uniform.  The mentor and pupil will examine these scores and consider which areas could be further improved. Together they will set a Behaviour and Attitude Target that will support the learning in class. 


All of this information will be shared at Parent Consultation Meetings, where the Assertive Mentoring Folders are available to view. 

Key Skills

Each week, every child in Key Stage 2 complete a half-hour mental maths test covering a range of core maths topics. The test each child sits is dependent on their ability. Once the test is marked and colour awarded, the child receives this back. 

0 - 9 marks - Red

10 - 19 - Yellow

20 - 25 - Green

If a child scores three greens in a row, then they are given the next level. 

At 10.45 a.m every Friday, all children in Key Stage Two go to an assigned focus group for 45 minutes, according to the level of Key Skills Maths they are working at. In this group they work closely with an adult, to work through their errors and practise their mental maths skills further. At 11.30 a.m, children return to their classes and file their Key Skills tests into their folders.

Grammar Hammer

This grammar test is completed in class and used by the class teacher to determine the current Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar needs. The results are then used to develop the teaching in English, according to the needs of the children. It is scored in the same way as the Key Skills. 

Times Table Tests

Children have 10 minutes to complete these sheets. They are tested on how well their know their times tables and how swiftly they can recall them. Each child is given the sheet needs for their ability. As with Key Skills, if they scored three greens in a row, they may progress to the next level. As the children work their way up the levels, the multiplication tables are jumbled and also include division questions for further challenge. 

The children are able to make a record of how it took them to complete the sheet within the time allocation. They enjoy seeing if they can beat both their previous score and previous time. 

Support Materials


Parent Powerpoint on Assertive Mentoring