Temporary Pastoral Mentor

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Term-time only (Temporary)
Working Pattern:
Full time - term time plus specified days
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
21/06/2021 23:59
£25,991 - £29,577 pro rata
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Schools - Support
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
The Woodlands
Number of posts:
Closing date:
21 Jun
Further Information

Temporary Pastoral Mentor
Grade 8 £ 25,991- £29,577 pro rata
Required from 1st September 2021 until 31st August 2023
Term time only plus 3 weeks

The Mentor will be part of the team that is responsible for monitoring the welfare of young people whilst at The Woodlands. They will work closely with an identified number of children and young people to ensure individual issues can be addressed by identification and dissemination of appropriate strategies with involvement from other agencies as appropriate. They will also work closely with parents and carers.

The post holders will be responsible for identifying the individual needs of children and young people in terms of personal and social developments and establishing outcome based plans which are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

The post holders will be responsible for drawing up tailored integration plans for individuals who are making a transition into a longer term educational placement and will be actively involved in delivery and evaluation.

Mentors will also be responsible for supporting the transition of young people into post 16 placements to minimise the likelihood of disruption.

Mentors may also be responsible for supporting programmes within The Woodlands that promote the development of independent living skills ready for adulthood.
They will be required to actively promote and formally monitor the young people’s participation in learning as evidenced by attendance, behaviour and feedback from colleagues.


• Providing direct personal support to a nominated group of young people working with them both in a group and individual situations.
• Working closely with parents and carers to promote the education of their child and to ensure the needs of parents /carers are identified and steps are taken to address any issues.
• Assessing the emotional well- being and motivation levels of young people on the programme together with levels of participation as evidenced by attendance, progress and regular attitudinal review.
• Making referrals to First Contact and facilitating multi-agency meetings to ensure the effective intervention of partner organisations.
• Co-ordinating the daily supervision of young people on the programme including supporting young people who have been removed from sessions due to behavioural issues
• Working collaboratively with teaching staff to implement strategies to encourage participation and engagement in learning
• Applying a range of strategies including restorative approaches to broker positive relationships with both adults and children across the programme
• Liaising with the parents/carers and young person to identify their longer term educational placement.
• Liaising with schools, parents/carers and the young person to establish and deliver a transition plan
• Providing opportunities for young people to further develop self-management and relationship skills with peers and adults
• Contributing to the delivery of the life-skills curriculum to small groups of young people
• Supporting and monitoring of the young people undertaking vocational experiences including assessing development in employability skills, knowledge and self-presentation
• Contributing to the planning and delivery of post 16 transition
• Developing extra-curricular opportunities for children and young people that support the development of personal and social skills
• Organisation of parent/carer information and progress sessions
• Providing information for the completion of performance reports for identified young people
• Monitoring student attendance by completing a daily register of attendance, and
forwarding the attendance register to the administrative office/Pastoral Manager
• Undertaking invigilator, reader, scribe responsibilities during examinations
• Assisting with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school and at lunchtimes.
• Accompanying teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required.
• The post holder may also be required to take a lead role in the organisation of the School Council, supervision of the Breakfast Club and the administration of medication across the school.

Where our roles are customer facing and you are required to speak to members of the public, the ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post. As a disability confident employer, we are committed to employing disabled people and people with health conditions making reasonable adjustments to support disabled applicants when required.

Calculation of term time only plus three weeks’ pay

Term time only plus three additional weeks’ pay is calculated on the basis of the following:
• Number of ‘teaching’ weeks – 38 weeks; plus
• Public (bank) holidays – 1.6 weeks (8 days); plus
• Three additional weeks, inclusive of CPD – 3 weeks; plus
• Individual leave entitlement - 5.2 weeks (26 days) or 6.2 weeks (31 days)
Individual leave entitlement is calculated on the length of continuous service.
Employees with less than 5 years’ service will receive 26 days annual leave.
Employees with more than 5 years’ service will receive 31 days annual leave.
For example:

Calculation for employees with less than 5 years’ service:
41 weeks (term time plus 3) + 26 days (annual leave) + 8 days (public holidays) = 47.8 weeks’ pay, to be paid in 12 equal monthly instalments

Calculation for employees with more than 5 years’ service:
41 weeks (term time plus 3) + 31 days (annual leave) + 8 days (public holidays) = 48.8 weeks’ pay, to be paid in 12 equal monthly instalments

This post is not open to job share.

Closing date: 21st June 2021
Interview date: 28th June 2021

The Woodlands
Broom Road,
Co Durham,
DL17 8AN

Tel: 01740 656040
Email: thewoodlands@durhamlearning.net
Website: www.thewoodlands.durham.sch.uk