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Learning mentor

Learning mentors help students and pupils deal with any difficulties they have with their learning.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £14,500 to £23,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

Local Education Authorities (LEAs), schools and colleges set their own entry requirements.

As a minimum, you’ll usually need:

  • a good standard of general education, especially in literacy and numeracy
  • experience of working with children or young people, either through paid work or volunteering
You can go on college courses in mentoring or supporting teaching and learning in schools to help you prepare for this work, but they aren’t essential. 

You’ll also need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • good communication and listening skills
  • the ability to gain trust and respect from pupils, students and parents
  • a confident and positive outlook
  • a flexible and creative approach to solving problems
  • the ability to interact with people and work as part of a team
  • good planning and organisational skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll work in schools or colleges, and will support students of all abilities with issues like:

  • poor attendance
  • lack of self-confidence, self-esteem or motivation
  • failure to achieve their full potential
  • behaviour or emotional difficulties
  • difficulty settling into school or college
  • personal difficulties

You’ll work with students on a one-to-one basis outside of the classroom. You may also provide group activities, and be involved in out-of-school activities and homework clubs.

Your day-to-day tasks would include:

  • developing one-to-one mentoring relationships with pupils
  • visiting parents at home to give them advice about dealing with issues and concerns
  • developing action plans for students and monitoring their progress
  • working closely with teachers and other professionals, like social workers, educational psychologists and education welfare officers

4. Salary

Starter: £14,500 to £17,000

Experienced: £18,000 to £23,000

There is no national pay scale, and wage rates are set by each employer. 

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work Monday to Friday during term-time. You may sometimes need to work in the evenings, to run after-school activities, go to training or visit parents who work during the day.

Some mentors work 37 hours a week, while others work on a part-time or job-sharing basis.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could specialise in working with particular groups, like excluded students.

You could progress to more senior mentoring roles, with supervisory or coordinating duties.

You could choose to do further training and gain qualifications to move into roles like student advice and guidance, teaching, speech and language therapy, educational welfare or social work.

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Last updated: 13 September 2017