Academic Mentors FAQs
Academic Mentors FAQs
Answers to common questions about NTP Academic Mentors.
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Existing Academic Mentors looking to continue in their roles
Q: What do schools do next, to confirm my placement next year?
Schools will be receiving a contract between them and Randstad, this will detail what their requirements are for the programme, and how they will receive their funding. Once these are signed the schools will be able to extend your contract or create a new one for the next Academic year.
Q: What do I need to do?
You will be sent a link soon, to register your basic details in the Tuition Hub. This will be accessed via the NTP website. At this stage we will work with your current school to fast-track your application. This process will mean that you can bypass training requirements and interview stages.
We will work closely with you to ensure a fast and seamless process.
Q: What is the Tuition Hub and how do I access it?
The Tuition Hub is accessed initially by registering as an Academic Mentor on the NTP website. Once your registration is active you will receive a link via email. Once registered you can update your preferences, contact us directly, access resources and track your compliance status
Q: If I continue at my current school, will I need to retrain?
Our expectation is that if you are remaining in the same school, then you don’t need to complete the training again. However, the school will have the option to request that you attend for a one week programme if they feel it will be beneficial.
Q: What does your CPD/aftercare look like after I have started my role?
We are developing content and a framework to support your CPD once you are in post. We will communicate this with you later in the academic year. At present, we are prioritising confirming your role and initial training.
Q: Would I get paid by the hour, or weekly/monthly? Is it possible to work part time?
If you are in a role, pay dates and frequency will be decided at school level. If you require a change in hours please let us know and we can work with your school to see if this is viable.
Q: Will I get paid in August if I am staying in my current school?
Schools were funded by DfE to pay mentors until 31st July 2021. There is therefore no provision for DfE August payments for mentors. DfE are reviewing this position for 2021/22 and may extend funding arrangements to cover August in future years.
Q: Will I need to apply for a new DBS?
For those that are remaining at the same school we anticipate that you wont need to complete a new DBS, unless you have had a break in employment with the school over 3 months.
Q: How do I update my requirements or my personal details if they have changed?
Once you have created your account in the Tuition Hub, you will be able to update your details and preferences directly. You will also be able to liaise with one of the team through the Tuition Hub.
Q: What is the subsidy level this year and will schools continue to pay on costs?
95% of the Mentor’s salary will be subsidised by the Government. Schools will be expected to contribute to the remaining 5% plus on costs for mentors, such as pension contribution.
Q: Can I move to a new school if my school doesn’t want to extend the placement next year?
We would welcome you back into the programme next year. For more details see: Current Mentors looking for a new placement in 2021/2022.
New Mentors looking to apply
Q: What is the role of an Academic Mentor?
Working as an Academic Mentor, you will provide additional support to schools to help disadvantaged pupils whose education has been most affected by school closures. You will provide small group (1:3) support to pupils within your allocated school.
If successful, we will find you an appropriate school placement. We will enroll you on a bespoke online training programme created and delivered by Liverpool Hope University and ongoing CPD. You can find a copy of the job description here, which will include more details on the core requirements. In the meantime here are some Frequently Asked Questions.
Q: What is the process to apply for an Academic Mentor role and what is the timescale?
Please click here to view the step by step application process.
Q: What qualifications do I need to join the programme?
Academic Mentors must meet the following conditions:
- 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, where agreed by the DfE.
- Academic Mentors must have the right to work in the UK for the duration of the programme.
Q: Can I choose which school I am placed in?
Following acceptance into the programme, you will be matched to a suitable school based on your skills and experience, as well as the schools requirements. The NTP will seek to match you with a school within a 1 hour travelling distance or within a 25 mile radius of your address.
Q: My school wants to nominate me for the programme. What should I do next?
We welcome nominations from schools who wish to employ specific candidates as an Academic Mentor. If you have an existing relationship with a school, then the school can contact us directly for us to talk them through the process, by emailing us at email@example.com.
Q: Training: what is it and is it mandatory?
If you hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) you will need to complete a 1 week training course. For graduates/Non QTS it will be 2 weeks. Training will be accredited and done remotely. This is a mandatory requirement.
All curriculum content has been created specifically for this programme by Liverpool Hope University and will be delivered online. You will be able to attend at a time convenient to you and the school, as intakes will commence weekly.
Q: Are placements offered on a rolling basis?
Once you have accepted a role and passed safeguarding checks, a suitable start date will be agreed between mentors and their placement school. Your start date will be the date you commence training, delivered by Liverpool Hope University.
Q: Is there a minimum number of days per week that has to be worked?
As part of the recruitment process we will seek to understand what availability you can offer when applying to be an Academic Mentor. We expect that most mentors will work full-time.
Q: Can you tell me with whom my contract will be with and what the salary would be?
Academic Mentors are employed by schools. Any contract that you sign will be with the school directly and based on their terms, policies and processes. Mentors are paid £19,000 a year, pro-rata. 95% of the salary cost to schools is covered by the Department for Education in Academic Year 2021/22. Schools will be expected to contribute the remaining 5%, as well as on-costs, for example, pension contributions and National Insurance.
Q: Are there any pensions or benefits with the role?
Any pensions or benefits will be dependent on your contract with the school/Academy you are placed in.
Q: When would the position start and what is the length of the contract?
Contracts are rolling, enabling you to start as soon as you and the school are ready from the start of the academic year 2021/22. Most contracts will run until the end of the summer.
Q: Would I receive London weighting if I secured a position within that area?
All mentors will receive a base salary of £19,000 pro rata funded by DfE (95%) and schools (5%). Schools are able to set their own salary and benefits.
Current Mentors looking for a new placement in 2021/2022
Q: What is the process for an existing Academic Mentor looking for a new school?
You will need to create an account in the Tuition Hub, and input your preferences and requirements. You will have the opportunity to discuss your situation via an online interview where we can seek a new placement for you for the next academic year.
Q: Would I need to complete the training if I was in the programme in 2020/21?
We understand that you will have invested time, energy and effort into the training provided in 2020/2021, and given that you may have completed this training recently we will not be making it mandatory, unless the school requests that you undertake this training. We would however like to make the Liverpool Hope University course available should you wish to attend. This content is delivered online and we will be welcoming cohorts every week. Should you require further information, please contact us and we will discuss in more detail.