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Teaching Assistant/ Mentor

Edstart Specialist Education Ltd
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22 Oct 2021

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EdStart Independent school are currently seeking a Teaching Assistant/Mentor for our Bolton site for the new October term. This will be to work with our new intake of our pupils that have a range of behavioural, social, emotional and mental health needs.

Role title: Academic SEN Mentor

Reports to: SENCo and the SEN Team

Purpose of role: To help pupils overcome behavioural, social or emotional problems that are affecting their learning

Key responsibilities:

Helping learners who are under-performing in their subjects on a one-to-one basis outside the classroom or within lessons
Implementing strategies and supporting learners in self-esteem and confidence-building activities
Listening to and helping learners resolve a range of issues that are creating barriers to learning
Drawing up agreed action plans with learners, outlining the aims of the mentoring, and monitoring their progress
Monitoring attendance and punctuality of learners
Advising parents on behaviour strategies and parenting skills
Networking with other learning mentors, teachers and relevant external agencies
Organising drop-in 'offload' sessions for learners, where they can talk about a particular issue
Maintaining accurate records and preparing written reports and evaluations
Managing your own professional development through undertaking relevant training and sharing best practice with other learning mentors
Planning and delivering lessons as per the request of centre management
Providing cover for lessons in the absence of colleagues

Performance expectations:

Be able to demonstrate excellent communication, listening and negotiation skills
Has the ability to analyse problems and devise solutions
Has assertiveness in dealing with pupils and fellow professionals
Has determination to see problems and solutions through to the end
Be able to use a non-judgemental approach at work
Organisational and time management skills
The ability to relate to young people and adults
Has the ability to work well under pressure
Has a strong understanding of confidentiality and the handling of sensitive information
Has a commitment to safeguarding
Planning and delivering sessions to pupils is of expected standard
Recording incident/accidents and updating pupil records
Being creative, innovative and adding value to the curriculum and provision

Required skills:

Has experience of working in a SEN secondary school setting as a Learning Mentor with a proven record of reaching children with social, emotional or physical barriers to learning
Experience of using the school systems and having had an impact on improving attendance is essential.
Qualifications in counselling would also be an advantage but not essential

CPD Opportunities

EdStart Education are committed to the further development of our staff. We are currently enrolled on the National Government Teaching and Apprenticeship scheme with Coventry University. This is a partnership which allows those working through our schools to enrol on a PGCE course with 95% subsidised fees. Thus, making this an ideal opportunity for recent graduates looking to gain experience before starting their career in teaching. In addition, we offer a range of Teaching Assistant qualifications and placements in Social Work, Youth Work and Early Intervention, for those looking to progress into a slightly different role.


Please note that our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. On appointment of the role you will be required to complete background checks and an enhanced DBS will be a requirement.

We encourage applications from those who meet the criteria, or those with an enthusiasm for learning and development, and a passion for developing the lives of disadvantaged young people providing them with a positive, supportive and nurturing environment to grow. If this sounds like the ideal opportunity for you, please submit your cv below
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