Arts Emergency

Schools FAQ

We work with schools and sixth form colleges in London, Greater Manchester and Thanet in Kent to provide bespoke mentoring for young people interested in the arts and humanities.

What does Arts Emergency offer students?

We offer a year of one-to-one mentoring and networking for 16-18 year olds. Mentor pairs meet once a month over the course of the year and work towards goals based on that individual student’s needs. After the year of mentoring is complete Arts Emergency will continue to support students until the age of 24 by offering them opportunities such as Arts Award, work experience and expert advice through our wider professional network.

What do Arts Emergency look for in a mentee?

We’re looking for young people who are curious about the arts and humanities, and who have specific areas of interest they’d like to explore further. They don’t need to be an A* student to be in the programme but we do hope that they will be enthusiastic and open to making the most of the opportunities offered. Students also need to commit to meeting their mentor once a month over the course of a year.

The criteria below helps us to make sure we work with young people who will benefit most from having a mentor. We ask that all mentees tick at least one of the criteria below:

– First generation in the family to attend university
– Household income below £25,000 per annum
– Family receive Universal Credit
– In care or a care leaver
– Were eligible for free school meals in Year 11
– Have a learning difficulty or disability
– Refugee or asylum seeker
– Under 18 and living independently
– Young parent or carer
– A person of colour (Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic)

How do I find out more?

Please email mentoring@arts-emergency.org or ring us on +44 (0)20 7683 1077

What do Arts Emergency expect from schools/colleges?

– To provide a designated school/college contact for Arts Emergency
– Safeguarding support; if an issue is brought to our attention, we will pass this immediately on to the school/college contact
– Assistance with student recruitment; promotion, student selection and setting up interviews
– Help communicating with mentees if they stop correspondence with their mentor

What Safeguarding is in place?

– All mentors are trained to recognise signs of abuse and to report any disclosures directly to Arts Emergency
– Arts Emergency will pass concerns directly to the school in line with our safeguarding policy
– Mentors are trained and will be put through an enhanced DBS process
– Mentors and mentees are both made aware that all meetings must take place in public space
– Meetings are monitored regularly through mentor reports and regular contact with mentees

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