This will vary depending upon the specific needs of each school. However, the key factors are days per week; terms per year and academic years.
Evidence suggests that Health Mentors have the greatest impact when they are based in the same school for five days per week. However, we realise that school budgets may not allow for this so we recommend a minimum of two days per week in order for the Health Mentor to have sufficient time to develop relationships with pupils.
Although we can be used as an effective "quick fix", the real benefits of Project HE:RO are realised in Term 3 where it has been demonstrated that pupil progress accelerates at a much faster rate.
Some Project HE:RO clients have worked with Evolve for almost 10 years. At the end of Year 1 we often continue to support schools but focussing on different children and/or year groups. Project HE:RO is most effective when it is included within school development plans.