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Six new north-east secondary schools to join mentoring scheme

By David Porter

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Teaching staff met at Woodhill House to discuss the expansion of MCR Pathways.
Teaching staff met at Woodhill House to discuss the expansion of MCR Pathways.

A national programme which supports care-experienced young people is set to expand its offering in Aberdeenshire.

At a recent meeting headteachers, depute heads, Aberdeenshire's virtual school headteacher Emma Allen, HR adviser Kathryn Briggs and Head of education and chief education officer Vincent Docherty met to share MCR and Aberdeenshire's regional partnership approach and an overview of the programme.

A spokesperson for MCR said: "With the support of Aberdeenshire Council, The Scottish Government and The Hunter Foundation, we're delighted to be continuing our partnership with Aberdeenshire in Banff, Peterhead and Fraserburgh Academies and The Gordon Schools.

"We're also looking forward to launching the programme in six additional academies in Banchory, Alford, Turriff, Mearns, Portlethen and Mintlaw."

The MCR Pathways programme was founded in 2007 in Glasgow and in 2018 began expanding across Scotland with the Young Aberdeenshire Talent (YAST) programme launching the same year. YAST is helping young people find, grow and use their talent throughout Aberdeenshire.

Volunteer mentors spend one hour a week listening to and encouraging their young person.

Young people are matched with a mentor based on their personalities, interests and career aspirations and as all young people are different and have different needs, mentors come from all walks of life.

Mentoring has been shown to make a powerful and positive impact on those who give their time and support.

MCR Pathways is dedicated to eliminating the education, job choices, and life chances gap that exits between care-experienced young people and their peers.

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