Learning to Listen

Posted on: 05/07/2023

Senior mentors and Minderful directors
Dr Jonathan Iliffe and Dr Nick Prior with Harrodian' Senior Mentors at their Mentor training session

Psychiatrists Dr Nick Prior and Dr Jonathan Iliff of Minderful visited Harrodian on 28th June to speak at our training workshop for existing Harrodian mentors ( Lower Sixth students) and prospective ones (15s). Mentoring Minderful is an app and consultancy devoted to championing and supporting mental wellness. In the first three hours of the day, Nick and Jonathan provided an eye-opening and thought-provoking introduction to ways in which we can look after our minds.

Nick Prior with Harrodian Mentors

After that, the 15 Senior Mentors provided practical training to the incoming ones, setting out the practical skills that mentors need to establish and develop successful relationships with their mentees

Harrodian’s mentoring scheme twins trained Sixth Formers with selected pupils from Lower Prep and younger Senior year groups for regular private chats about issues such as self-confidence, organisation or friendships. It has grown steadily into an integral part of Harrodian’s pastoral and leadership programmes since it was set up in 2012. At the last count, over 120 Harrodians aged from 7-15 were meeting for weekly sessions with their personal Mentors. 


To read an article about the Mentor/mentee relationship please follow this link

Mr Digby Don is now in charge of supervising the Mentoring Programme as well as related volunteering schemes such as Reading Buddies, Maths and Language Buddies.