Former services personnel to mentor struggling East Lancashire pupils

Lancashire Telegraph: The military mentors with education bosses. The military mentors with education bosses.

EX-Army and air force bosses have been drafted in to mentor troubled children in a bid to stop them getting their marching orders.

Seven former military personnel have been carefully selected as part of the first wave of a five-year £3million pilot project – the first in the country – to boost attendance and performance in Lancashire.

High schools in Hyndburn and Pendle will launch the first stage of the programme, and each have a nominated mentor to help those pupils aged 14-16 with attendance and attainment issues, facing possible exclusion, to reach their potential.

The schools include Norden High School, The Hollins, Mount Carmel, and Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School in Hyndburn, and Colne Primet, John Fisher and Pendle Vale in Pendle – which have been identified as places where some pupils need extra one-to-one attention.

The mentors will be employed by Lancashire County Council on a 12-month contract and it will be up to the school to select the pupils requiring the extra support and the amount of time spent with each pupil.

It is hoped that each mentor could help up to 30 children a year and at the end of their contract it is hoped the school will employ them directly, or LCC will help them to find work utilising their new skills.

Roland Hill, 63, from Whitewell Bottom, hopes to use his experience as a retired army major to help instill self-discipline.

The Fearns school governor, who will be working with Rhyddings in Oswaldtwistle, said: “My aspiration is to get kids from whatever background working and playing together.

“It’s about getting kids to school, on time, with the right attitude to learning.

“If we can get them to have a bit of self-discipline it’ll be a big step forwards.”

Mentor Emma Bint, from Burscough, left the army in 2000 to start a family. She will be working at Norden High School in Rishton and is the only female in the initial mentor line-up.

She said: “I was in the Royal Logistics for seven years and I plan to encourage motivation and be a role model for the pupils.

“There’s always a reason why people aren’t reaching their potential, and it is my job to find out why and resolve the issue.”

County councillor Mike France, armed forces and military veteran champion, said: “These personnel have excellent transferable skills such as discipline, pride and conflict management.

“If we can inspire these kids that are on the edge to change direction and turn over a new leaf then the project will have been a success.”

Th council has said the initiative will not involve any recruiting.

In March another 20 mentors will begin training and begin their 12-month contracts at another 12 high schools across Lancashire.

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12:12pm Wed 9 Jan 13

RupertsReason says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Panther33 wrote:
2 for 5p wrote:
Danger:
I have a couple of examples of the so called military mentor boll**ks.
1. Remember deepcut, enough said.

2. Upuntil 2001 homosexuality was banned in the military so a lot of theses veterans will be homopobic.

3. Look how many ex military end up on the streets homeless

4. Look at thefigures for ex military in the prison system.

Oh I could go on all night, so you still want this shower mentoring your kids. I think not
Please wake up LCC.
You certainly are a tool.

What a load of Boll**ks, Homophobic, Homeless and Criminals, you do live in a cuckoo world. are you scared your kids will be taught how to be human and how not to follow a waste of space like yourself.

Cheers.
Quote:

scared your kids will be taught how to be human

What a to**er you are

Remember QLR what they did to that man in Iraq, baha mousa I think he was called.

These a
So all 650 people in QLR harmed Baha Mousa did they?

You truly are the most abhorrent, narrow minded, uneducated, ill-informed human version of an amoeba that has ever graced these pages of the LT.

Do we stop truck drivers delivering to schools because Peter Sutcliffe was one. Have we to stop all reporters going near schools because of Jimmy Saville.

Grow up you jerk. Shame you weren't about when Ian Huntley applied for the job of caretaker at the school in Soham.

Good luck to the mentors. Hope you make a difference.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Panther33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Danger: I have a couple of examples of the so called military mentor boll**ks. 1. Remember deepcut, enough said. 2. Upuntil 2001 homosexuality was banned in the military so a lot of theses veterans will be homopobic. 3. Look how many ex military end up on the streets homeless 4. Look at thefigures for ex military in the prison system. Oh I could go on all night, so you still want this shower mentoring your kids. I think not Please wake up LCC.[/p][/quote]You certainly are a tool. What a load of Boll**ks, Homophobic, Homeless and Criminals, you do live in a cuckoo world. are you scared your kids will be taught how to be human and how not to follow a waste of space like yourself. Cheers.[/p][/quote]Quote: scared your kids will be taught how to be human What a to**er you are Remember QLR what they did to that man in Iraq, baha mousa I think he was called. These a[/p][/quote]So all 650 people in QLR harmed Baha Mousa did they? You truly are the most abhorrent, narrow minded, uneducated, ill-informed human version of an amoeba that has ever graced these pages of the LT. Do we stop truck drivers delivering to schools because Peter Sutcliffe was one. Have we to stop all reporters going near schools because of Jimmy Saville. Grow up you jerk. Shame you weren't about when Ian Huntley applied for the job of caretaker at the school in Soham. Good luck to the mentors. Hope you make a difference. RupertsReason

8:35pm Wed 9 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

Quote:

So all 650 people in QLR harmed Baha Mousa did they?

Well there was quite a lot involved including the medical officer

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Good luck to the mentors. Hope you make a difference.

Oh yes they will make a difference the kids will grow up Warped in the head.
I once heard an intelligent man say the army was like butlins full of head bangers.
Quote: So all 650 people in QLR harmed Baha Mousa did they? Well there was quite a lot involved including the medical officer 2nd Quote: Good luck to the mentors. Hope you make a difference. Oh yes they will make a difference the kids will grow up Warped in the head. I once heard an intelligent man say the army was like butlins full of head bangers. 2 for 5p

8:56pm Wed 9 Jan 13

rilistic says...

What a great idea - well done LCC
What a great idea - well done LCC rilistic

8:57pm Wed 9 Jan 13

rilistic says...

What a great idea - well done LCC
What a great idea - well done LCC rilistic

10:08pm Wed 9 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

Quote:

So all 650 people in QLR harmed Baha Mousa did they?

Well there was quite a lot involved including the medical officer

2nd Quote:

Good luck to the mentors. Hope you make a difference.

Oh yes they will make a difference the kids will grow up Warped in the head.
I once heard an intelligent man say the army was like butlins full of head bangers.
Quote: So all 650 people in QLR harmed Baha Mousa did they? Well there was quite a lot involved including the medical officer 2nd Quote: Good luck to the mentors. Hope you make a difference. Oh yes they will make a difference the kids will grow up Warped in the head. I once heard an intelligent man say the army was like butlins full of head bangers. 2 for 5p

10:08pm Wed 9 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

Quote:

So all 650 people in QLR harmed Baha Mousa did they?

Well there was quite a lot involved including the medical officer

2nd Quote:

Good luck to the mentors. Hope you make a difference.

Oh yes they will make a difference the kids will grow up Warped in the head.
I once heard an intelligent man say the army was like butlins full of head bangers.
Quote: So all 650 people in QLR harmed Baha Mousa did they? Well there was quite a lot involved including the medical officer 2nd Quote: Good luck to the mentors. Hope you make a difference. Oh yes they will make a difference the kids will grow up Warped in the head. I once heard an intelligent man say the army was like butlins full of head bangers. 2 for 5p

12:36pm Thu 10 Jan 13

RupertsReason says...

2 for 5p wrote:
Quote:

So all 650 people in QLR harmed Baha Mousa did they?

Well there was quite a lot involved including the medical officer

2nd Quote:

Good luck to the mentors. Hope you make a difference.

Oh yes they will make a difference the kids will grow up Warped in the head.
I once heard an intelligent man say the army was like butlins full of head bangers.
And you really are fully qualified to gauge if people are warped in the head. Just look in the mirror.
I read with suspicion that you actually know an intelligent man.
Maybe you'd have been just the person for the job then - prejudiced, biggotted and uneducated with very little life skills who has to hide behind a pseudonym to give their narrow minded views.
What do want to be when you grow up?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: Quote: So all 650 people in QLR harmed Baha Mousa did they? Well there was quite a lot involved including the medical officer 2nd Quote: Good luck to the mentors. Hope you make a difference. Oh yes they will make a difference the kids will grow up Warped in the head. I once heard an intelligent man say the army was like butlins full of head bangers.[/p][/quote]And you really are fully qualified to gauge if people are warped in the head. Just look in the mirror. I read with suspicion that you actually know an intelligent man. Maybe you'd have been just the person for the job then - prejudiced, biggotted and uneducated with very little life skills who has to hide behind a pseudonym to give their narrow minded views. What do want to be when you grow up? RupertsReason

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