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Specialist Learning Mentor

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14 Jun 2021

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Salary range: £20,747 - £22,738 pro rata, per annum

(Support Scale 5, Points 13-16)

£12,631.29 - £13,843.46 per annum - Salary estimation based on 28 hours per week, Term Time Only: 36 weeks per year

Protection of Children and Young Persons

Any offers of appointment will be conditional and subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a certificate of good conduct if applicable, plus receipt of satisfactory employment references, Occupational Health clearance, an understanding of safeguarding and qualifications verification. An Enhanced DBS check is required for this position as you will be working within 'Regulated Activity' within a specific place (ie the College).

Background to the Post

The role of the Learning Mentor is to ensure that all our students with SEND reach their potential. The main purpose of this post is to support students with ASD and within their learning programme and help them towards achieving independence. Young people have the right to request that an institution is named in their EHC plan, and local authorities have a duty to name that institution in the EHC plan unless, following consultation with the institution, the local authority determines that it is unsuitable for the young person's age, ability, aptitude or SEN, or that to place the young person there would be incompatible with the efficient use of resources or the efficient education of others. The time will be spent with the identified student/s in the classroom/workshop/practical environment and in a mentoring capacity. There will be a requirement to undertake administrative tasks relating to recording student progress and supporting student retention and achievement.

Duties and Responsibilities


To provide support in-class, or mentoring support outside the classroom as directed by the SEN Team Leader/ASD Specialist Support Tutor.


To assist the class lecturer with the preparation of materials or activities for named student use.


To actively promote and support independent learning


To be a key worker for designated student/s to help reach their outcomes as stated in their EHCP.


To work closely with the personal tutor/Personal Learning Adviser to ensure that individual student targets are being monitored and reviewed.


With knowledge/permission of personal tutor/Personal Learning Adviser/SEN Team Leader/ASD Specialist Support Tutor, make contact with parents, either by telephone or in writing where appropriate.


To act as a trouble-shooter and work with the student to ensure they meet deadlines and catch-up on any missed work.


To attend Academy and Inclusion team meetings.


To undertake training and development as required including Team Teach.


To accompany and support students during work experience placements, and/or trips, residential both on and off site if appropriate.


To undertake administrative duties which will include keeping own record book, completing cause for concern forms, updating tutors with student progress report and completing regular student support/progress reviews.


Work collaboratively with College staff to produce Individual Risk Assessment, Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans and Medical Protocols.


Contribute to student reports if required.

Health and Safety

To ensure a safe working environment for colleagues, students, and visitors in line with the HASAW Act and the College Health and Safety Policy.


Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults for whom you are responsible and whom you come into contact with.

The list of duties is not exhaustive but outlines the main features of the post at appointment and may vary as the job evolves without affecting the nature of the duties or the responsibility level.

Working Weeks

This post is normally for 36 working weeks per year but this may be less if the post holder starts after the beginning of the academic year. Salary will be paid in equal monthly amounts across the academic year.

Hours of Work

The post holder will be expected to work such hours as are necessary for the proper performance of their duties and responsibilities, normally 28 hours per week.

Place of work

The principal place of work will be the College's premises based at our Moreton Morrell Centre. However, the post holder may be required to work on either a temporary or an indefinite basis at any premises at which we may provide services.

Person Specification

Ability to perform the tasks as described in the job description. If you have a disability you should not be discouraged from applying, since there are schemes available within the College which allow for the provision of special aids, premises to be adapted and other appropriate support provided. Ways in which these schemes might help in particular circumstances can be discussed with HR when making your application.

Essential Attainments

* GCSE Grade C or above in English and Mathematics, or Level 2 equivalent qualification.

* Working knowledge of information technology such as e-mail, the internet and other software applications.

* Excellent administrative and organisational skills.

* Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

* Previous experience of supporting young people with a learning difficulty and/or disability.

* An understanding of the SEND reforms and the Educational Health and Care Plan.

* A level 2 NVQ

* Previous experience of supporting young people/adults with ASD.

* Previous experience of working in Further Education and managing students with behaviours for concern.

Desirable Attainments

* A qualification is ASD

Essential Skills and Knowledge

* The ability to effectively manage students with challenging behaviours and motivate to reach targets set.

* Commitment to a high level of student achievement and to continuous quality improvement.

* Supportive, positive and non-judgemental attitude.

* Awareness of health and safety procedures or willingness to undertake training.

* Be flexible and very responsive in approach to teaching styles and methods.

* Be able to respond effectively to the student's individual needs and work to deadlines set
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