Academic Mentor

Grace Academy Coventry
Grace Academy Coventry, West Midlands
Band F - Point 6 to Point 7 (£19,698 - £20,092)
12 Nov 2021
26 Nov 2021
Job Ref
Academic Mentor
Sarah McAdam
Contract Type
Working Pattern
Term time

Job Context

Grace Academy Coventry is a secondary Academy with approximately 850 students. Grace Academy Coventry has been part of Tove Learning Trust (TLT) since April 2019. The role of the Academic Mentor is to support the Heads of Year and Pastoral Team in monitoring the progress, achievement and behaviour across the academy. To implement strategies used to work with students to improve academic learning and inspire students to achieve their best.

Key Responsibilities

  • To provide high quality academic mentoring to students within the academy and to monitor and evaluate its impact.
  • To develop and implement strategies which contribute towards effective learning, behaviour and achievement.
  • To contribute to a health, safe, happy and challenging environment in which students work hard, free of disruption and develop mutual respect for each other, grow in maturity and achieve their potential.
  • To inspire, challenge and motivate students.

Job Description

  • To enable students to overcome individual barriers to learning.
  • To provide a complementary service to existing Academy staff and to others providing services outside the Academy to target help at those who need it most.
  • To ensure students access the help that they need and to enable the Academy to raise standards of achievement, improve attendance and raise standards of behaviour.
  • To support students identified as at risk of underachieving
  • To develop and maintain relationships with individuals and community based group in the selected areas.
  • To encourage young people, their families and the community to participate in learning opportunities through personal contact and encouragement, mentoring and support.
  • Developing and organising new activities and events to identify needs and address needs.
  • To work with local providers and organisations to address local needs by developing and co-ordinating accessible, high quality learning and access to work opportunities.
  • To intervene and arrange appropriate support for students whose behaviour is impeding either their own learning or the learning of others.
  • To follow up daily instances of unacceptable behaviour and “well-being” related incidents.
  • To liaise with other agencies to support “every child matters” To work in partnership with parents and other stakeholders to ensure the Behaviour for Learning Policy is implemented consistently throughout the Academy.
  • To work in partnership with staff to support student behaviour and discipline.
  • To support opportunities for the student voice to be heard.
  • To maintain and update records and files/data bases.
  • To carry out other reasonable duties as directed by the line Manager Specific Duties.
  • To support students with behavioural difficulties and to liaise with learning support staff to support staff to support the entry, exit and re-integration of students who require specialist provision (where applicable).
  • To develop a 1:1 mentoring relationship with students identified as needing support and to devise, implement and evaluate individual student action plans.
  • To track and analyse student data in order to measure the impact of mentoring on student performance.
  • To liaise with Academy staff, EWO and other agencies to identify students at risk of disaffection and to devise, implement and evaluate individual pupil action plans.
  • To build up detailed knowledge of the support services available, serving as the initial point of contact for pupils and accessing specialist support as appropriate.
  • To promote the speedy and effective transfer of information between schools and Academy and/or faculties at each key stage/phase of education.
  • With Academy staff and external agencies as appropriate, to participate in the comprehensive assessment of students to identify those in need of extra help to overcome barriers to learning.
  • To maintain regular contact with families/carers of students receiving support and to encourage family involvement in the students learning.
  • To network with other Learning Mentors and share best practice.
  • To keep up-to-date in understanding the range of provision and opportunities available and ensure that the opportunities provided by other initiatives and funding opportunities are maximised.
  • To assist partner organisations to share information where appropriate.
  • To attend and contribute to team meetings.
  • The post holder will be expected to inspire and support, often vulnerable and/or excluded individuals, to access learning opportunities.
  • To liaise with Heads of Faculty, Curriculum Leads and teachers about issues regarding student behaviour particularly when it impinges on the learning of individual and groups of students.
  • To be an exemplary leader in dealings with staff, students, parents and outside agencies.
  • To work closely with the SENCO, Heads of Year and the Behaviour and Learning Manager to monitor achievement of vulnerable groups of students who have additional needs and are receiving support with their behaviour.
  • To carry out other reasonable duties as directed by the line Manager.

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