Mentoring

Beacon Mentoring is a 'high-touch' programme designed to guide and assist Beacon Scholars as they travel up the vertical pathway through secondary and tertiary levels of education and move into the workplace.

The programme targets those points in a Beacon Scholar's education where performance targets are set and reviewed; where important choices have to be made; and when Scholars have to be prepared for the next step in their development.

Three types of Mentor provided to Beacon Scholars:

  1. School Mentors
  2. Away Country Mentors
  3. Home Country Mentors

1. School Mentors

School MentorsKey to The Beacon Scholarship, School Mentors are staff members of the Beacon School where a Beacon Scholar is enrolled, and are generally appointed by the Head of the School.

School Mentor responsibilities include:

  • Meet with Beacon Scholars first to set targets, then at mid-term and finally at the end of term to assess performance against target;
  • Send completed Target Sheets to The Beacon Equity Trust on time; Target Sheets serve as donor reports for the charity and are an important aspect of monitoring the investment in Beacon Scholars and their education;
  • They should be sufficiently trained to be able to offer tailored advice to Beacon Scholars on how to improve performance against targets;
  • Act in a pastoral or consultative capacity to Beacon Scholars for any issues or problems they are encountering in any aspect of school life;
  • They need to understand how to enhance leadership traits in children within a school environment;
  • Help place Beacon Scholars in leadership roles so they can test their leadership capabilities. 

 

2. Away Country Mentors

School MentorsAway Country Mentors are based in a Scholar's education destination country, and play an important role in keeping Scholars connected to their home country. They live close to schools and universities Beacon Scholars are attending.

Away Country Mentor responsibilities include:

  • Assist with orientation and settlement including residential installation, catering, banking, holiday arrangements;
  • Meet with Beacon Scholars at least once a term, to review targets and provide pastoral support;
  • Offer tailored advice to Beacon Scholars on how to improve performance against targets;
  • Act in a pastoral or consultative capacity to Beacon Scholars for any issues or problems they are encountering in any aspect of school or university life;
  • Understand how to enhance leadership traits in Beacon Scholars within an overseas school or university environment;
  • Guide the leadership development of Beacon Scholars so that they can make a difference when they return to their home country.

3. Home Country Mentors

School MentorsBeacon Home Country Mentors are individuals who have been educated overseas at a world-class university, and have subsequently returned to their home country. They occupy a high-level position in a profession, industry, entrepreneurial venture, or public service and want to 'give back' by mentoring a Beacon Scholar.

Each current Beacon Scholar at University or Beacon Scholar at school overseas is 'match-paired' with a Beacon Home Country Mentor to guide their leadership development and keep them connected to their home country. 

Home Country Mentor responsibilities include:

  • Make at least 6 contacts with their Beacon Scholar per year, and report on the contact;
  • Assist in resolving any cultural acceptance or orientation issues the Scholar encounters overseas;
  • Maintain contact with the Scholar's family in their home country;
  • Help find holiday internships/work experience/placements, and provide career counselling.

See Bios of of current Beacon Home Country Mentors.