Academic Mentors Application Process

Apply today to become an Academic Mentor and help pupils to realise their full potential.

As part of the government-backed National Tutoring Programme, you can become an Academic Mentor, working with selected schools to support pupils whose education has been most impacted by the pandemic.

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If you are interested in applying to be an Academic Mentor, this page outlines the recruitment process and what to expect at each stage.

In order to become an Academic Mentor, here is a reminder of the entry requirements.

You will need to have:

  • A university degree in any subject (2.2) or above or have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Level 4 (Grade C) or above in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.
  • The right to work in the UK for the 2021/2022 Academic Year.

Stage 1: Registration

The first step is to submit a registration form. This will capture your contact details, and enable us to create a profile on the system for you.

Stage 2: CV Upload

Our recruiters will want to know about your experience and qualifications, so once you have a profile, you will be required to upload a CV and build it out, by stating your preferences i.e. school type and location.

Stage 3: Pre-recorded interview

Following a review of your CV, those who meet our entry requirements will be invited to complete a pre-recorded interview, via the Modern Hire platform. During this interview, you will be required to answer three questions. You can do this interview at your own convenience and can re-record answers if required. Your responses will then be assessed by our recruitment team.

Stage 4: Live video interview

If you are successful at the pre-recorded interview stage, you will then be invited to complete a live video interview, also hosted via Modern Hire. This interview will be conducted by a member of our recruitment team. We will provide more details to applicants prior to the interview, but you can expect to answer questions about your CV, in addition to some competency and scenario questions. If you are successful at this final stage, we will look to extend an offer.

Matching & Compliance Process

You are then ready to be matched to a school. This process will be led by our recruitment team, matching you with a school in a suitable location. Most schools will want to have a conversation with you prior to starting, we will coordinate this for you. Before you start working in the school there is a mandatory compliance process. This includes an Enhanced DBS check and us reaching out to your references.


We want to ensure you feel supported prior to starting the role, so every Academic Mentor completes a short programme of paid online training with Liverpool Hope University. If you have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) the training will last for one week. If you do not have QTS, then the training will be for two weeks. Following completion of training, we will confirm a start date with both you and the school.

Please do contact us if you have any questions or if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to complete any aspect of the recruitment process.

We value diversity and we don’t discriminate on the grounds of age, ethnicity, disability, gender, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other characteristics protected or otherwise. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer that values diverse talent and encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We strive to be inclusive at each stage of the recruitment process and in line with our aim to promote diversity in our workforce, we also have a diversity & inclusion policy.