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Chorley councillor welcomes mentor scheme
8:00am Thursday 3rd January 2013 in Chorley
The next phase of the county council's £3m project to recruit ex-service personnel as mentors in the county's schools is under way.
The nine mentors who take up their posts on January 7, will provide support to pupils between the age of 14 and 16 to improve their achievement in class and their attendance at school, and to reduce the number of pupils who are excluded.
The decision to recruit the mentors was taken at a meeting in October by members of Lancashire County Council's cabinet.
It has been agreed that the first year of this five-year programme will be run as a pilot project.
Pendle and Hyndburn will be the first two districts to see mentors in classrooms.
County Councillor Mark Perks, cabinet member for young people represents Chorley North.
He said: “I am very pleased that the first nine of the 50 mentors who will benefit from this scheme have been recruited and will start work in January.”