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 as an Academic Mentor, this page outlines the application process you will need to undertake and what to expect at each stage. You can also read our Frequently Asked Questions if you need more information.

Prior to starting your application, you will be asked for some basic information (name, email address, phone number). These details enable us to create a profile on the system, which means that your application will be saved, making it easier for you to come back and complete at a more convenient time.

Stage 1: Pre-screening: All Academic Mentors need to meet eligibility criteria:

  • Have a university degree (2.2) or above.
  • Or have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Must have Level 4 (Grade C) or above in GCSE Maths and English or equivalent qualifications.

You must also have the right to work in the UK for the entire academic year. Our pre-screening questions are designed to check this, with a simple Yes or ​No response.

Stage 2: CV Upload: Our recruiters will want to know about your experience and qualifications. We will ask you to upload your CV to inform our conversations with you.

Stage 3: Basic details: The system will ask you a series of simple questions to help build out your profile. This includes further contact details and personal information, as well as information about your preferences (school type and locations) and your qualifications.

Stage 4: Pre-recorded interview: You will now be invited to take part in a pre-recorded interview. This is hosted on a third party platform (Modern Hire) so you may receive emails from them in relation to your application. You will need to answer three questions using your webcam, but you can do this at your own convenience and can re-record answers if required. Your answers will be assessed by our team after you have completed the interview.

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.

We are an inclusive employer and should you require any reasonable adjustments in order to complete any aspect of the recruitment process, please contact the Academic Mentor Team.

Stage 5: Live video interview: If you pass the pre-recorded interview then you will be invited to complete a live video interview, which is also hosted in Modern Hire. In this interview you will have a 1:1 assessment by one of our recruitment team. We will provide more details prior to the interview, but you can expect to answer questions about your CV and additionally answer some competency and scenario questions.

Stage 6: Match to school: If you have successfully passed all of your assessments then you are ready to be matched to a school. This process will be completed by a skilled member of the NTP recruitment team, matching your profile to a school that has raised a request in a suitable location. Most schools will want to interview you as well and we will coordinate that with you.

Stage 7: Compliance process: As you would expect, you will need to pass a strict compliance process before starting with a school. This includes an Enhanced DBS check, referencing and a series of declarations. We will collate all of the information that we need through the system for this. Note that the compliance process runs in parallel with the training (next step).

Stage 8: Training: Every Academic Mentor will need to complete a short programme of online training (during paid time) with Liverpool Hope University. If you have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) then this training will last for one week. If you do not have QTS then the training will last for two weeks. We will coordinate this and schedule your course for you.

Stage 9: Start at school: Once you reach this stage, you have completed every step of the application. We will confirm a start date with both you and the school.

You will then most likely need to complete some details with the school so that they can agree your contract (note that you will be employed by the school directly).

You will need to continue to access the system to record the sessions at the school as this is a requirement for the school to draw down funding. We will give you full details of this at the time.

Good luck in your application! Please do contact us if you have any questions.