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Mentoring & Pupil Support Officer Post

Grade 7 SCP 19-25 £25,481 to £29,577 pro rata (from £22,577 to £26,206 actual)

37 hours per week (8.30am-4.00pm on 4 days and 8.30am-3.30pm on 1 day to be agreed)

The Governors wish to appoint a committed, enthusiastic and innovative Mentoring and Pupil Support Officer, to work alongside our Pastoral support team.  The successful candidate will join an ‘Outstanding’ and committed staff at St Bede’s Catholic High School.

Applications on a CES application form should be marked for the attention of Mr Denton, and received by 12.00 noon on Monday 24th May 2021. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 8th June 2021.

Letters, which should be no more than two sides of A4, should address your suitability for the post, and detail the ways in which you would contribute and participate in the school life of St Bede’s Catholic High School.

Job description and person specification is available to download via the “Application Documents” button located at the top and bottom of the page. Please return completed applications to Julie Taylor by the date shown.

Job Description

Scope of Work

To supervise and coordinate a team of mentoring and/or pupil support staff.  This will enable procedures to address the needs of pupils and their parents/carers who require additional support to overcome their barriers to learning; including attendance and behaviour.

To organise the provision of comparative learning material for teaching and learning staff for pupils in the base.  On occasion, coordinate cover supervisors and liaise with supply staff and agencies as directed by senior leaders.

Under an agreed system of supervision, act as a HLTA supporting the qualified teacher as a part of a professional team, plan their role in lessons, preparing, delivering, assessing, reporting and marking learning activities for individuals/groups or short term for whole classes. Contribute to a range of teaching, learning and pastoral activities in areas where they have expertise including attending Pupil Case Conferences as required.

To advise and support staff in specialist areas within the school and co-ordinate the work, management and development of other Teaching Assistants.

Key Accountabilities/Responsibilities – appropriate for this post:

  1. Contribute to the development of a whole school approach in creating and implementing policies and procedures to overcome obstacles to learning and improve participation in learning and school life.
  2. Monitor and support pupil attendance and implement policies to improve attendance in liaison with senior leaders.
  3. Oversee support packages for pupils to reintegrate them into school following periods of exclusion / absence
  4. Liaise with teaching staff to provide particular support to targeted pupils to raise achievement and attendance and help them to overcome barriers to learning including nurture groups.
  5. Manage the supervision of pupils excluded from or not otherwise working to a normal timetable using software platforms to document individual plans
  6. Facilitate the sharing of information between the school and external agencies and act as the point of contact for specialist support services.  Instigate a CAF at the appropriate level of need and monitor outcomes in liaison with senior leads.
  7. Work in partnership with external agencies to support attendance initiatives, campaigns, parental responsibility measures and school attendance and exclusion sweeps and set up resources/initiatives to help address barriers to learning
  8. Support the identification of alternative provision for pupils with persistent absence
  9. Liaise with parents / carers of excluded pupils to explain the reasons for exclusion and agree a way forward, including procedures for return to school, opening a CAS as required
  10. Provide advice and support to parents / carers of excluded pupils including making home visits where appropriate to keep parents/carers informed and secure positive family support.  This may include outreach visits during holiday periods
  11. Monitor the implementation of plans and report on progress achieved, support the re-integration of pupils excluded from school or following an alternative timetable
  12. Facilitate cover for teaching and learning support staff as directed by senior leaders
  13. Facilitate the daily cover rota and ensure equitable use of staff in terms of frequency as directed by senior leaders
  14. Coordinate, develop, and quality assure a team of teaching assistants, securing deployment in line with national guidance as directed by SENCo/ Senior Leaders.

Individuals in this role may also:

  • Manage the budget for the mentoring service
  • Line manage other pupil support staff including conducting professional development reviews
  • Undertake the duties of Head of Year as directed by senior leaders
  • Support the development and implement pupil’s Individual Educational liaison with SENCo
  • To develop positive relationships with pupils and staff to assist pupil progress and attainment.
  • To administer/mark tests and invigilate examinations as directed by senior leaders
  • To support the provision of out of school learning activities within guidelines established by the school which consolidate and extend work carried out in class.

More information available on the job role and requirements can be found in the “Mentoring and Pupil Support 3 JD & Person Spec” attached within the application documents.

Please email all required documents to: