We all benefit from mentors
While I agree totally that it is probably too early to have hard evidence that learning mentors have a significant positive impact (other than a general feel-good factor), there is another issue which must be researched.
Ask any practising teacher about the impact of bad behaviour on their lessons and they will talk about reduced opportunities for those pupils who behave well and want to learn. I firmly believe that learning mentors make a difference to these pupils and research needs to focus on whole-school issues and not just the disaffected, vulnerable and underachieving.
Martine Buckley Headteacher Yew Tree community school Alcester Street Chadderton, Oldham