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Mentor for Students with Mental Health Difficulties Expiring soon

Teaching Personnel

Market related


Permanent | Full Time



Emotional wellbeing and Mental Health is now the priority of Welsh government’s COVID CATCH-UP funding for schools. As a result, three of my partner schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf are looking for resilient support staff who can really make a difference to a vulnerable child.

  • The position begins November 2nd or 9th dependent on updates with the Welsh lockdown
  • Good daily rate (Negotiable based on prior experience)
  • Full time school hours Mon-Fri (8:30 start- 3pm finish)
  • Probationary period through agency before transferring onto school contract (no finders fee)
  • Learning and development opportunities through Teaching Personnel: Access to CPD courses and out Future Teachers Programme
  • High-school environment in deprived areas of Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil

The role

Funding is being allocated from the Welsh Governments COVID CATCH-UP budget to provide specific emotional wellbeing support for the pupils who require help from people like yourself who can add some consistency and empathy towards them. Generally the pupils do not come from households where there is any academic support, and while basic numeracy, literacy and Life skills are useful for LSA work – this role demands someone who is actively looking to build rapport with a child and understand what triggers certain behaviours and how can they be managed.

The pupils

Although a lot of the details about the pupils must remain confidential, the Four particular roles I am looking to recruit for are relatively similar when it comes to assessment. 2 are female and 2 are male and while there is no set rule about pupils needing to be supported by someone of their own gender outside of a personal care capacity, the girls have a very difficult time trusting men. The male pupils have not grown up with positive male role models and as a result refuse to work well with female staff. They vary from ages 11- 15, are low ability and can be unpredictable with mood swings.

The schools are based in CF39, CF40 & CF44

The schools are all situated in areas which are classed as ‘low income’. There are a high percentage of Free School Meals in the school and pupils who do not have access to computers or Wi-Fi at home. As with all schools, you have kids from all walks of life. The schools all work as a network and share best practice and support with staff development. None of the schools are in special measures and are making noticeable improvements with attitudes to learning and behaviour policies

If you are interested in this position then please apply at your earliest convenience- we will need to interview yourself and arrange for you to meet with the school before the end of the half term.


All applicants will require the appropriate qualifications and training for this role. Please see for details.

All pay rates quoted will be inclusive of 12.07% statutory holiday pay. This advert is for a temporary position. In some cases, the option to make this role permanent may become available at a later date.

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