Behaviour and Pastoral

Mentoring through Doncaster Children’s Services Trust (DCST)

This has been funded by the Doncaster Opportunity Area. All schools are eligible for this support.

DCST have recruited over 100 volunteer mentors from a wide range of professional backgrounds including the education and health sectors and the wider public sector, as well as university and college students and people from businesses across Doncaster.

Mentors will work from the lifelong links model and will be aligned with a child or young person for at least two years. We are targeting those children and young people who are struggling, or may struggle, with the transition from primary to secondary education.

For more information contact Cheryl Blackett – or

National Citizenship Service (NCS)

This has been funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. Secondary schools are eligible for support from the NCS Trust and some vulnerable pupils may be able to access the programme for free.

NCS supports the development of the 16-17 year olds who take part in NCS over the Summer in terms of confidence, teamwork, leadership and has been shown to positively influence university destinations amongst those from the lowest socio-economic backgrounds. NCS can also support the DfE’s FIve Foundations of Character. Furthermore, evidence of strong engagement with NCS can be used to show how schools are meeting the proposed ‘Personal Development’ judgement under the new Ofsted framework due to come into play in September 2019.

To see how your school could get involved contact Jan Budtz at

Evolve Health Mentors

Evolve enables children to achieve their potential by improving their physical, emotional and cognitive health and well being. It does this by recruiting, training and supporting its workforce of Health Mentors who are placed in schools to work with the most vulnerable children. Evolve has won multiple awards for its work and has developed a strong evidence base for its effectiveness. 

We are trialling Evolve’s Health Mentors in six schools during 2019/20. As well as showcasing an important intervention that addresses a number of strategic priority areas, this project will also be a source of best practice for Doncaster schools that have teaching support staff enrolled on the Health Mentor Training Programme as part of their workforce development strategy.

Visit their website here.

Raising Aspirations

DEBP are a Social Enterprise specialising in supporting the aspirational decision making of young people to shape their future. They do this by introducing them to people and experiences which are aspirational, inspirational, challenging and fun. They reflect the national and local educational and economic priorities in all of our activities in schools and Learning Communities. They do this by working closely with LEPs, Chambers of Commerce, Local Authorities, STEM Institutes and Societies, the Career & Enterprise Company and local employers.

The INspire programme supports schools to engage their young people, teachers, parents and the community in local, curriculum centred careers delivery; resulting in at least 2 facilitated employer interactions for every young person in the targeted year groups.   DEBP support the school to develop a community network of trained, DBS checked volunteers, lead by an identified community champion.  Teachers are supported with 4 CPLD sessions, focussed on employer engagement and labour market information, reinforced by regular teach meets with the other participating schools. 


Franklin Scholars

Franklin Scholars are specialists in developmental relationships and peer-to-peer support. Through Buddies and Bundles – a 10-week literacy based programme for Year 3 to Year 5 students – and their beacon programme for secondary schools, they recruit and train your most promising students to support a younger child in their school. 

Their beacon programme consists of the Franklin Scholars (older students typically in Year 10 or Year 12) supporting younger students through tutoring, mentoring, and coaching. They are trained to support a vulnerable younger student (typically Year 7 or Year 9) through weekly sessions that combine group activities, 1:1 academic support (literacy and numeracy focus areas available) and 1:1 mentoring.

Mentors on the beacon programme may also count their hours spent supporting their mentee towards their volunteering commitment for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), as Franklin Scholars is a DofE Approved Activity Provider.