Progress Mentors

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Progress Mentors

Strong pastoral care, support and guidance are extremely important in contributing to students’ success. Your progress mentor will offer advice and guidance to help you settle in quickly and enjoy your time with us. You will have a weekly group session with your progress mentor as well as one-to-one meetings throughout the year. Your progress mentor will also help you to make the right decisions about career choices and support you with applications for your next steps.

Pastoral Support at Blackpool Sixth

The pastoral curriculum is a programme designed to aid your success at Blackpool Sixth, incorporating many elements to help you in your journey through further education and into the world of work, university or apprenticeships. The aim is to be a success not only in your studies, but also in your future. The core programme includes weekly group sessions, guest lectures and one-to-one support and mentoring.

Weekly group sessions. You will have a timetabled group session with your Progress Mentor every week. In these sessions you will cover a range of subjects which will broaden your knowledge and skills.

Some of the topics we study include:

Next steps

  • Progression routes including University, Apprenticeships and Employment
  • Student Finance

Life after college

  • Renting/Mortgages
  • Finance and Budgeting
  • Preparing for Independence


  • Study Skills
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Coping with Stress


  • Substance Misuse
  • Hate Crime
  • Healthy Relationships and Consent


For some topics, expert guest speakers will be invited in to deliver topics linked to their field of expertise.

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    One-to-one support and mentoring

    Your progress mentor will be available throughout your time at Blackpool Sixth as a central point of advice and guidance. Progress mentors are located in PM Hubs which are located around college. Students can drop in at the PM Hubs at any time for support or guidance – if your progress mentor is not available, another progress mentor will always help. Your progress mentor will also conduct scheduled one-to-ones with you to discuss your academic progress, attendance, personal development and agree individual improvement targets with you. You can book a one-to-one appointment with your progress mentor yourself whenever you need it – just contact them!


    Progress Mentors will help you research and apply for your next steps including 

    • UCAS and University
    • Apprenticeships
    • Employment
    • Gap Year
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