Learning Mentor - OPUS at Ball Green Primary School

Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Level 5 £24,294 - £26,421 Actual salary - £18,662
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

About Us

OPUS at Ball Green Primary School is a new alternative provision for children ‘at risk’ of exclusion, or those who have been permanently excluded, from Key Stage 1 and/or Key Stage 2 mainstream schools.


OPUS is a place where children are supported socially, emotionally and academically to prepare them for reintegration back into mainstream settings.


The OPUS team are passionate about ALL children fulfilling their potential and providing a fresh start for them within a caring and supportive environment.


OPUS at Ball Green Primary School is fully open and currently has 11 children on roll. Due to the expansion in numbers and initial success, we are looking to recruit further to our already successful team.


The Role

This is an exciting opportunity for someone seeking a new challenge. The role is based in our new alternative social and emotional provision, which provides support for the most vulnerable and challenging young people from across the city.

Applicants will have extremely high expectations of children’s behaviour and potential, providing them with exciting and stimulating activities both in and out of the classroom, therefore ensuring that all children make excellent progress. 


They will work effectively with the Local Authority, other schools, staff, families and carers to overcome obstacles to accessing mainstream education and developing their potential both inside and outside the classroom.


Key Requirements

Working at national occupational standards [NVQ Level 5+] in supporting teaching and learning;

Specialist knowledge of behaviour management or equivalent national vocational qualifications;

Although not essential, a ‘Nurture Award’ qualification would be desirable;

An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English.


Key Duties:

  1. Support the Behaviour Management Leader with child behaviour, social, emotional and mental wellbeing;
  2. Support the Behaviour Management Leader on the development and implementation of a program of work specifically tailored to meet the needs of the child/ren with a view to successfully reintegrating children back into mainstream schools;
  3. Support in the assessment of the needs of individual pupils;
  4. Manage a caseload of pupils in improving their social and emotional development, behaviour and learning;
  5. Maintain case files for the children, recording contact with the pupil and their families/carers;
  6. Monitor and evaluate progress, including production of assessment reports;
  7. Liaise with external agencies to improve outcomes for the children;
  8. Provide advice and support to parents / carers of children;
  9. Support the re-integration of children back to school;
  10. Work with feeder schools to ensure a smooth transition of children between phases;
  11. Any other duties appropriate to the post.


Additional Information

Application packs can be requested from Miss Kat James on 01782 378 771 or email k.james@ballgreenprimary.co.uk   

Completed application forms and a covering letter to k.james@ballgreenprimary.co.uk  

The closing date for applications is Monday 4th December 2023 at 9am

Shortlisting Monday 4th December 2023

Interviews Wednesday 6th December / Thursday 7th December 2023

Start Date:  Monday 8th January 2024


Our School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All appointments will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS disclosure.


References will be requested if you are successfully shortlisted for an interview as part of our safeguarding and recruitment process

To comply with Asylum and Immigration legislation you will be required (if appointed) to provide one or more documents from the Immigration Act 2006 - List A and B. You must provide proof of current and valid permission to be in the United Kingdom and valid permission to do the type of work offered. Further information is available at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/acceptable-right-to-work-documents-an-employers-guide


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