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SEN Mentor

Smile Education

£12237 per annum


Permanent | Full Time



You will be supporting in a small, close-knit school with students aged 11 – 18 who may have found mainstream school a challenge.

With 22 pupils currently on role, you have the time to focus on individual children, building strong relationships where you know things such as their hobbies or interests. This all helps inform teaching and, as a result, pupils who have often become disengaged from learning settle quickly into a caring environment. Pupils have excellent relationships with their mentors. You ensure that lessons about personal development take place in a relaxed situation where pupils feel confident to talk about issues that strongly affect their own lives. Consequently, pupils feel secure enough to take part in informal discussions, including listening to the views of others.

With the help of your colleagues, you will identify barriers to learning for children and encouraging them to overcome these. This includes the pastoral support programme where you work one to one and in small groups to support pupils with anger management, managing emotions and coping with bereavement. This work is also supported by a psychodynamic therapist. When asked, the staff said the biggest selling point of working here is the team; supportive, friendly and always laughing, even if they’ve had difficult days.

You are provided with training opportunities throughout; your colleagues say they feel valued by the school leaders and really value this professional development. Several senior staff in the school have started off in mentor roles, demonstrating the opportunity for progression in your career working here. They offer Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications whilst working at the setting, a fantastic opportunity to improve your career options.

The pupils you work with behave well, they demonstrate appropriate behaviour in lessons and take responsibility for their learning. Pupils also say their behaviour has improved since joining the school and ‘this school is different to other schools as teachers know you and have time for you’.

This School is based in Nuneaton and is recruiting a Permanent Mentor to join its expanding team. You will be supporting pupils across the setting and inspiring them to prepare for life after education. You will work 26 hours per week in term time only.

Tuesday – Friday – 9.30am – 2.30pm

Monday – 9.30am – 3.30pm

This is an exciting opportunity to really make a difference to children from diverse backgrounds with individual needs. If you can treat pupils as individuals, get to know them and get the best out of them then please consider applying. An education background is not essential, just someone with a calm nature that can connect with young people.

Term Time Only Salary: £12.06 per hour - £12,237.44

To be successful in your application, you should;

• Hold a GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths

• Have experience working with children or young people
• Be able and willing to travel to the Nuneaton area
• Have high expectations of yourself in your career and the pupils you teach

Due to Covid-19 a flexible interview process is in place for this role. A video meeting with a Smile Education representative will be arranged for applicants as a first stage interview.

If you would like to be considered for this permanent role, then please forward your most recent CV with your supporting statement to Alternatively, if you would like to have a confidential discussion surrounding other Midlands based Permanent school positions, please contact Emma at Smile Education on 0121 392 6570

Smile Education is committed to safeguarding children. Each applicant will be expected to undertake compliance checks including Prohibited list, Barred list, DBS and Qualifications.

We are committed to safeguarding children. Each applicant will be expected to undertake compliance checks including Prohibited list, Barred list, DBS and Qualifications.