Full-time learning mentor

We are looking for outstanding candidates to support pupils for a full academic year in schools across the country. Our volunteer mentors act as role models and near-peer mentors to children in schools in disadvantaged communities, helping them to reach their full potential.

City Year UK's volunteer mentors are integral to the school day. As part of a team, they encourage pupils both in and out of the classroom to engage with and enjoy learning, providing 1:1 and small group support in class and running breakfast and after school clubs.

As role models, our mentors are uniquely well-placed to create meaningful relationships with children who need help to do well at school. They bring a new perspective to learning and boost pupils’ confidence, while improving behaviour, creating no-bullying cultures and helping pupils to feel safe, empowered and happy.

City Year UK is a leadership development programme and we take the personal and professional development of our volunteer mentors very seriously. As a way of measuring development we create specially tailored Professional Development Programmes for each volunteer mentor to help them develop the key skills and competencies that employers are looking for - things like planning and organisation, communication, problem solving, taking the initiative, resilience and self-awareness.



  • Build meaningful trusting, coaching relationships with targeted pupils to tackle frustration, isolation, anger, low self-esteem, attention seeking and distraction before they lead to acting out in the form of disruptive or negative behaviour.
  • When required, work alone with a designated list of pupils requiring more intensive 1:1 mentoring support. Run a range of interventions in English and maths using teaching and learning content provided by the school.
  • Supervise fun extra-curricular activities for the whole school such as breakfast clubs to get pupils energised and ready for school and to help build children’s confidence.
  • Plan special projects to engage parents and the local community.

Outside of school

  • Attend occasional training, coaching and career development sessions outside of school
  • Work shadowing opportunities with our staff and business partners
  • Access to a mentor to support with your development

Skills, abilities and qualities

  • Passionate about wanting to tackle educational inequality and work with children
  • Desire and ability to be a role model for others
  • Good written and verbal communication
  • Responsible in nature
  • Willing to demonstrate taking the initiative
  • Committed and willing to push through challenges
  • Empathetic, reflective and thoughtful
  • Self-aware and open to learning
  • Adaptable and willing to challenge own comfort zone

Remember to mention TARGETjobs when contacting employers!