I appreciate what Oppidan are doing, treating children like young adults, stimulating their learning and having fun. You are really onto something here, filling a great need for parents. His confidence, self-esteem and self-worth are through the roof. This is a godsend, thank you.
Father of Year-6 boy
THE OPPIDAN APPROACH to mentoring
Education is in an interesting place in 2018. School curriculums remain bound by prescriptive exam boards and academic targets, leaving less time to focus on the soft skills that parents rightly realise make up a crucial part of their child’s development. The ‘soft skills’ are often the hardest to find time for; intangible and without graded results, personal and communication skills lead a long list of vital talents that mustn’t be left behind as a child matures to adulthood.
We employ academic mentors that seek to incorporate these values into each lesson they teach. In London’s growing educational market, tutoring has acquired a potentially pejorative sense. Parents do not always admit to hiring tutors for their children and schools have little desire to endorse the unregulated work done outside school. Mentoring, however, offers a much broader-based service to both parents and their children, and we hope provides an ethos within education that can work alongside schools.
WHAT IS MENTORING?
Mentoring is the support, advice and direction given throughout a child’s education. It manifests itself by drawing out the interests and skills of a child, which lead in turn to increased confidence, conviction and a desire to learn.
Oppidan believes wholeheartedly in the role of a mentor in all our lives. Most of us have been lucky enough to benefit from a mentor in whatever guise and the recognition of that support is an important part of the growth of mentoring as an educational offering.
Oppidan mentors are academically gifted and inspiring, but they are also all very good fun. We work on the basis that if a child looks forward to their time with a mentor, greater progress will be made in all areas, whether academic or pastoral. The key is the fit: to find a mentor that works with your child as an impartial yet fully engaged part of their education. Once your child looks forward to their time spent with a mentor, the toughest barrier is broken and both independence and enjoyment can be found in their learning. The results speak for themselves.