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
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