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The partnership between mentors and teachers is critical to our success. We rely on teachers to provide advice as to which areas we need to focus on (often these will be Maths and English) and to provide information as to the student's curriculum for the year. This advice is then used to help the student set some goals for their time at the Achievers Club and these goals are reviewed at the end of the year as a measure of how far the student has come.

Teachers also provide feedback on the student's progress throughout the school year. This helps mentors understand what is working and what is not. Above all, the student sees that the teacher and mentor are working closely together to achieve their educational goals with them. In many cases, the mentor support also helps the parent to become more confident in their communication with the teacher.

As a school we have seen many changes in the children that have attended the Achiever’s Club. The first of these is a higher level of engagement in school of not only the children attending the club but also their families. This higher level of engagement has meant that the children’s performance in standardised testing has improved and in turn their semesterly grades are higher. One student in
particular tested in band 1 in all NAPLAN testing as a Year 3 but with interventions from the school
and attendance at the Achiever’s Club he attained on average a 4 band improvement across all test
domains in Year 5.

The school and the Achiever’s Club have worked extremely closely to ensure that children attending
the club have every opportunity to experience success in school. It is a privledge to have them
operating out of our school for the benefit of not only our students but students in the wider
Armadale community.

Adam Beilkin
Depute Principal Westfield Park Primary School

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