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Academic Mentor in English

Darwen Vale High SchoolBlackburn with Darwen

The Purpose of the Job
To work with staff, parents and students to enable all students to achieve their full potential in English and progress to appropriate and exciting destinations.

You are responsible directly to the Head of English and, through her to the Principal.   

There is an expectation that the post-holder will support the ethos of the academy and will work towards the academy’s aims as expressed in the academy improvement plans and other relevant documentation.

Key Duties:
• Provision of subject-based knowledge support for mentees that meets their specific needs of the programme. This support may be made available through individual or group based tutoring sessions.
• To organise and deliver advice and resources to students that help them achieve their educational, professional and/or personal goals.
• Work closely with subject teachers to identify what support would assist
targeted students to achieve or exceed their target grades
• Prepare individual intervention plans for focus students in conjunction with the Head of Faculty
• Run before school, after-school and lunch time study support and independent learning sessions for students
• Liaise with Heads of Faculty and students in need of support
• Conduct interviews with students to identify barriers to learning
• Provide in-class support for underachieving Pupil Premium students
• Analyse student data in order to monitor the progress of identified individuals and report to the Head of Faculty on the impact of the intervention using DDI
• Ongoing communication with Head of Faculty and Year 11 pastoral staff
• Complete case studies for selected students
• Attend Raising Achievement meetings and produce reports for these meetings
• Regular contact with parents and carers regarding pupils progress and achievement in English. 

Other Responsibilities
• To establish and maintain suitable record keeping systems that will demonstrate the scope and effectiveness of this initiative
• Research and analysis; to keep up to date with information and resources relevant to these areas of work

The duties above ae neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the postholder may be required by the Principal to carry out appropriate duties within the context of the job, skills and grade.

Operating at all times within the stated policies and practices of Darwen Vale High School and the wider Trust.

Abiding by and practicing the Aldridge Education Operating norms:
• We are Aldridge Education
• The standard is excellence
• We champion equality
• We’re in the work together
• We behave with integrity
• We lead by example
• We use time well

Equal Opportunities
• To know and adhere to the Darwen Vale High School equal opportunities policy and equalities legislation and implement in relation to job responsibilities in employment and service delivery.

Health and Safety
• To take reasonable care for his/her own health and safety and any other person(s) who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions at work, in accordance with the Health & Safety legislation.
• To co-operate with the Darwen Vale High School insofar as is necessary to enable it to comply with its duties under relevant health and safety legislation.

Safeguarding of Children Young people and Vulnerable Adults
To be aware of and work in accordance with the Darwen Vale High School safeguarding child protection policies and procedures in order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and to raise any concerns relating to such procedures which may be noted during the course of duty.

The post holder will be required to have a valid Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and be re-checked every 3 years as per Darwen Vale High School procedures.

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