Learning Mentor in SEN - Temporary until July 2024

Heart of Worcestershire College
West Midlands
£21234 - £23249

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Job Description

  • The purpose of the role is to act as a learning mentor for students accessing support with their studies on discrete SEN programmes through the Tuition Fund programme. The support will be in the form of working with small groups of students at a time. Mentors will work to enable learners to bridge gaps in knowledge where learning was disrupted because of missed education during 2020/21. This will include supporting learners with a range of learning difficulties covering areas such as: Personal & Social Development, Study Skills, overcoming anxiety, learning behavioural strategies and Maths & English.


    Academic Mentoring and Support:

    • To follow the direction and participate in discussion with the CRQ Leader regarding the content and delivery of small group mentoring and support sessions.
    • To participate in the design and delivery of mentoring and support sessions enabling students to access online or learning materials that will give them the opportunity to address gaps in vocational knowledge and skills and to prepare them for assessments and examinations.
    • To track, monitor and inform on the progress of students through Pro Monitor to identify further learning opportunities and review impact of support.
    • To assist and raise the aspiration of students to access learning materials in college and remotely.
    • To co-ordinate and deliver an active programme bespoke to individual student needs.
    • To provide support to students enabling them to learn new topics and skills to improve their own learning and performance in the areas of Computing and Digital Media.
    • To provide students, in collaboration with the vocational team, guidance and support to further their progress.
    • To collaborate with CRQ Leader to set target for all students accessing Tuition Funding.
    • To monitor and assist in the improvement of attendance and progress, identify those at risk and supporting intervention tactics working with the CRQ Leader, curriculum staff parents/guardians to get learners back on target.
    • To provide feedback to students to enable them to improve grades and performance and assist them in developing personal development skills.
    • To assist in devising and delivering assessment plans/materials.
    • To work with Personal Learning Coaches to support this vulnerable group of students
    • Liaise with the High Needs team to support students with additional needs and an EHCP.

    Additional Duties:

    • To liaise with curriculum and support staff to compile and produce reports for EHCP annual reviews, parents and employers as required.
    • To contribute to College self-assessment processes.
    • To attend internal and external staff development events when required.
    • To undertake such other duties as are reasonably allocated either permanently or from time to time.
    • To complete First Aid qualification and act as a duty first aider as required.


    • To commit to the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
    • To participate in the College’s Performance Management Scheme and attend such training events as are necessary to enable him/her to carry out the duties of the job description.
    • To continually improve teaching, learning and assessment through proactive CPD and sharing best practice.
    • To actively participate in the College’s Quality System, including quality improvement strategies and initiatives.
    • To undertake such other duties as may be assigned commensurate with the grade and purpose of the post.
    • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of him/her and for others affected by his/her work.
    • To actively support College Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity policies.
    • To operate/conduct all HR tasks and functions within the principles of GDPR.

    This Job Description is current at the date shown below and is a guide to the work you will be required to undertake. In consultation with the post holder, it may be changed from time to time by the College to meet changing circumstances.

    May 2023


    The appointment is subject to the Conditions of Service for Business Support Staff.

    All successful applicants will undergo the following checks:

    • Enhanced DBS
    • 2 x References, one of which must be your current or most recent employer
    • Qualification validation check


    The salary range for this post is from £21,234 to £23,249 per annum. Your starting salary will be dependent upon your qualifications and experience. Once you have successfully passed your probationary period, your salary will increase within the salary band on an annual incremental basis, until you reach the top of the salary scale.


    The hours of work will be based on 37 hours per week, 52 weeks per annum.


    The post carries 25 annual leave days, plus eight public bank holidays plus a further five concessionary days as ‘leave to be taken at the Principal’s discretion’.

    After 2 years continuous service, your annual leave entitlement will increase to 30 days per annum.

    Please note that only in exceptional circumstances, with your Directors permission, will staff be able to take more than 3 consecutive weeks of leave in any leave year.


    The College operates an occupational pension scheme, namely the ‘Local Government Pension Scheme’.


    All newly appointed staff have to serve a 9 month probationary period. During the probationary period you will have to complete the Corporate staff induction, a Teaching and Learning Induction session if you deliver learning and additional mandatory courses on: Equality & Diversity session, Keeping Children safe in Education, Safeguarding Training session, Prevent, GDPR, Cyber Security and Health & Safety training session. Failure to complete these will prevent you from successfully completing your probation.


    All candidates have to have 2 satisfactory references.


    The successful applicant will be based cross campus and will be required to work at other locations.


    The College will undertake qualification validation by writing to the appropriate educational institute. Only those qualifications which are essential for the post will be followed up.


    If you are required toobtain a qualification as a contractual requirement, the College reviews its CPD budget on an annual basis regarding availability of funds, and cannot therefore guarantee that newly appointed staff will receive either part or full funding for the course fees. However, student loan facilities are available.


    All staff are required to have a minimum level 2 qualification in both English and Maths. If you are not already in receipt of one or both of these qualifications, you will be expected to obtain it (them) during your employment at the College.


    The College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All newly appointed staff will be required to undertake safeguarding training during their probationary period.

    Heart of Worcestershire College adheres to the Department of Education’s guidance on ‘Keeping children safe in Education’. As part of your induction, you will be required to read and understand part 1 of this document.


    Candidates shortlisted for interview and then subsequently become successful in the recruitment process and prior to a formal offer of employment being made will be subject to online checks being carried out by a neutral party not directly involved in the recruitment process. Consent for these checks was requested at application stage.


    All successful applicants will be required to complete and pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service check. The costs of this check will be deducted from the applicants first salary payment from the College. The College adheres to the DBS Code of Practice and has policies covering the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders and the Secure Storage, Handling, Use, Retention and Disposal of Disclosures and Disclosure Information. Copies of these are available on request.


    The College is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users of its services, regardless of race, gender religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

    As an organisation we use the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) to assess the suitability of all prospective appointments. We undertake not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of conviction or other information revealed.

    Applicants/employees are required to declare any pending criminal prosecutions they may have as well as any spent criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings as defined under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. The only exception to this requirement is that applicants/employees do not need to disclose any ‘protected’ cautions, or convictions as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2013.

    Please read the ‘Guidance Note to applicants on disclosing information about cautions and convictions in their application’ document before you complete your application form.

    Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us.
    This will depend on the nature of the position and the circumstances and background of any offences.


    All successful applicants will be required to undertake all mandatory training and update sessions and any appropriate training and development as required, including Health and Safety.


    HoW College is a Smoke Free environment from the effects of direct/indirect contact with smoking, including using the following:

    • Cigarettes
    • E-cigarettes
    • Vaporisers
    • Pipe smoking
    • Cigars
    • And all other associated smoking products.


    Candidates with a disability should contact the HR Department before interview if they require any adjustments to be made for the interview and/or selection tests.


    A completed application form should be submitted. Curriculum vitae will not be accepted as a substitute.

    It would greatly assist the shortlisting panel if the information submitted on your application clearly identifies and demonstrates how your qualities match those listed under the essential requirements on the person specification.

    Please remember that it is not sufficient to merely repeat what is in the specification – you must show how you meet each requirement. You must also provide details under ‘previous employment’ which must include all employment undertaken since leaving full time education.

    Completed application forms should be submitted by 5 June 2023.


    The Interview date for this post is TBC; short-listed candidates will be notified with the details for interview. In view of the high cost of postage, it is not our intention to notify unsuccessful applicants. If you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful and accept our thanks for your interest in applying. College reserves the right to withdraw a position before the closing date if the appointment has been arranged or no longer required.


    Please be aware that HoW College complies with the current Data Protection Act and is currently developing systems to ensure that we will be fully compliant with GDPR when this comes into force in May 2018. GDPR is a European wide update to the Data Protection Act, with more requirements and stronger enforcement. As such we expect all staff to fully comply with the requirements of these legislation. Failure to do so will lead to formal disciplinary action.

    Members of staff will be provided with guidance in relation to GDPR to ensure that full compliance is achieved and maintained within the College.

    Further information can be obtained by using the following link:


    Updated April 2022

  • Person Specification


    Attainment (e.g. Qualifications, Experience)


    • Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy qualification or above.


    • A guidance, youth work or teaching qualification or be willing to work towards.
    • Safeguarding Training.

    General Skills


    • Experience in developing and delivering programmes or support towards identified outcomes or objectives.


    • Experience of mentoring, or training/teaching in an educational, youth work or health service setting.

    Specific Special Skills


    • Familiarity with computer applications, particularly Microsoft365 programmes.
    • Able to communicate clearly face to face, on the telephone, and in writing.


    • Able to assist people in setting SMART targets and achieving them.

    Disposition/Personal Qualities


    No Essential Disposition/Personal Qualities


    • Ability to be self-directed and work without supervision.

    General Points


    No Essential General Points


    No Desirable General Points

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