Your first job is one you’ll always remember and could be your most important, setting you on a career path, as well as developing your skills and gaining valuable experience and training. As an Academic Mentor these are just some of the benefits you will get as well as being an important part of the government’s National Tutoring Programme Covid recovery plan, supporting pupils whose education has been disrupted by the pandemic.
Being an Academic Mentor means you will have the certainty of a paid, term-time role on a fixed term contract, working in a primary or secondary school, while earning a salary of up to £19,000. It’s a great opportunity to really make a difference to a pupil by listening, guiding and motivating them to get their learning back on track and rebuild their confidence.
What qualifications do I need?
- Graduate with 2:2 or higher or Qualified Teacher Status
- 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
You will be fully trained to identify a pupil’s learning gaps and develop a bespoke intervention programme, to enable you to deliver engaging sessions with clear learning objectives. The mentoring takes place either in small groups of pupils or via one-to-one-support and you will work with experienced teachers gaining an insight into teaching. Mentors set achievable goals giving constructive feedback along the way and motivate pupils to overcome any learning hurdles. Depending on your specialism you will tutor in literacy, numeracy, science, humanities or foreign languages.
The role is rewarding and if you have good communication skills, are focused, caring and can take a genuine interest in the wellbeing of a pupil, who has learning gaps due to the Covid pandemic, it could be the right career start. You will also be in an excellent position to apply for a teacher training role at the end of the contract.
Where will I work?
You will be matched with a school, based on your skills and experience as well as the school’s requirements, within travelling distance of your home address.
Once selected, you will complete a two-week, custom programme of online training, created and delivered by Liverpool Hope University. You will also benefit from paid holidays, ongoing CPD and an aftercare programme including support via peer groups as well as access to sessions on mental health and wellbeing.
Are you ready to take the first step in your career?
Find out more and register to become an Academic Mentor here.