School mentor recognised at county event

The attached photograph shows Kevin Ellard, the chairman of Lancashire County Council (centre) with the ex-services mentors; Jo Turton, LCC chief executive (left) and Jennifer Mein, leader of the county council (right).
The attached photograph shows Kevin Ellard, the chairman of Lancashire County Council (centre) with the ex-services mentors; Jo Turton, LCC chief executive (left) and Jennifer Mein, leader of the county council (right).

The latest group of ex-service personnel has graduated from a county school mentoring programme.

Phil Hayes of Fleetwood High School was one of seven teachers to be involved in the scheme to recruit ex-service personnel to support young people in secondary schools.

The mentors help young people to improve their attendance and inclusion, help their academic progression and develop their skills.

Training started last September alongside initial work in schools, and the mentors have now been mentoring full-time in Lancashire schools since January this year.

County Coun Darren Clifford, champion for Armed Forces Veterans, said: “This is the third group in our innovative and highly successful ex-service personnel mentoring in schools programme. They have delivered almost 8,000 formal mentoring sessions to around 1,200 pupils, contributing to improvements in their attendance and progression, while helping to reduce permanent exclusions.”

For more information on the programme, or apprenticeships, contact employmentsupport@lancashire.gov.uk.