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What is a Learning Mentor?


LM (Learning Mentor)

Learning Mentor. An LM is supports an individual child in their school environment, but may also work with this child in groups. Learn more below!


What Is a LM?

LM stands for Learning Mentor. Learning Mentors are sometimes known as 1:1 supports, learning support assistants or learning shadows. They usually work with students who have special or additional needs. This is on a one to one basis and will help the student to access the curriculum and other life skills needed in school.

What Does An LM Do?

An excellent LM will have training to be able to provide more specific responsibilities involving and an ability to conduct therapeutic and academic support with a student.


Different responsibilities of an LM can include

  • Helping the child prepare for activities and external classes like PE

  • Comforting the child when they are upset

  • Helping with their hygiene

  • Helping plan lessons for the child they are working with

  • Help the child to be social in class

  • Supervising the child on the playground


What Qualifications Do You Need To Become A LM?


Being an LM takes a lot of responsibility and patience. The students that LMs work with often need a lot of extra care and attention. Getting along with the students is important as is understanding how children develop socially and mentally.

To become an LM, you must have experience working with children and a skills set to access English and Maths curriculum.


To be really effective LMs must also go through a training program. Here at Shine Child Development we ensure all our LM have induction and ongoing training in Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Behaviour and Emotional Development.

What Is The Difference Between an Learning Mentor (LM) and a Teaching Assistant (TA)?


Because of their roles in class, LMs and TAs are often seen as interchangeable. However, an LM will be assigned to work with one specific child with special needs and must not be used to facilitate the learning of the whole class.


It is a TA that works more with the teacher and manages the class as a whole, alongside the main teacher.

If you are a parent who thinks your child needs in class support or a school who has some children needing extra support then we can help. At Shine Child Development we have experienced and fully trained Learning Mentors. Please contact us at admin@shinechilddevelopment.com for more information.

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