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IN2School Lead Youth Mentor

Odyssey House School, HighgateHaringey

Odyssey IN2School 

A specialist intervention program with a wraparound approach to support young people who school refuse.

Job Description 

The post-holder reports to the Program Co-Ordinator or the relevant members of Odyssey Education Services Strategic Leadership Team if necessary. Apart from team members, the main contacts of the job are pupils and their parents/carers; head teachers and the staff of schools; members of wide range of IN2Schools partners including services and agencies. 

Job Purpose

  • The post holder will be required to manage a team of youth mentors as they support students through their IN2Schools Journey. 
  • To be responsible for the delivery and evaluation of high-quality support for all programs participants. 
  • To support the development and training of the youth mentors within IN2School programs both in and outside of the core program hours. 
  • To work in conjunction with the policies and procedures of the IN2School Program and contribute to its development objectives as directed to by the Program Coordinator.  
  • This role will deliver support to young people aged 7-18 who have been absent from education or on a partial school timetable and need support to integrate into full time education.

Main duties and responsibilities  

1. To facilitate the delivery and evaluation of both structured and informal education sessions that link into a student's individual IN2School program of personal, social, and educational development.  

2. To manage the IN2School team of the youth mentor team on a day-to-day basis. 

3. To be an advocate for young people involved with the IN2School program or their parents/carers, supporting and promoting their welfare, championing the needs and educational entitlement of those who have been absent from education or on a partial school timetable and need support to integrate into full time education, are excluded or at risk of exclusion. 

4. To monitor the well-being and safeguarding of young people attending the IN2Schools program, report to the designated person of responsibility, follow best practice and acting where appropriate to ensure effective interagency support.  

5. To ensure the IN2School Youth work team deliver the high-quality education they are entitled to and be accountable for their educational outcomes as well as their personal and social development.  

6. To plan, implement and deliver provision outside of the core hours of education provision (e.g., school holidays).  

7. To attend meetings and community events as directed by the program Coordinator 

8. To assist the Program Coordinator in the on-going training, support, and supervision, of  staff and students.  

 9. To ensure quality of service by maintaining records to the required standard, maintaining young people’s files accurately and meeting GDPR requirements. 

10. To carry out any task as required by the Principle of Re-engagement & Assessment services  

Where the post holder is disabled, every effort will be made to supply all necessary aids, adaptations, or equipment to allow them to carry out all duties of the job.  


Professional qualification in Health/Social/Counselling/Youth and Community Care or Early Years Education

***AND / OR


  • Demonstrable experience of working with Students at risk of exclusion, with SEMH/ASD Needs and Alternative provision. 
  • Experience of working with both formal and informal educational settings  
  • Experience of working with young people who are school refusing, at risk of exclusion 
  • Experience of managing a team of staff 
  • Experience of working with young people who are school refusing, at risk of exclusion 
  • Experience in delivering supporting accredited qualifications  
  • Knowledge of, Safeguarding best practise in education 
  • Able to build trusting relationships with young people, enabling them to develop new skills and make their own informed choices supporting them to achieve their goals. 
  • Enthusiastic, positive, and flexible attitude, with good time management.  
  • Able to work under pressure. 
  • Experience in working with young people in a variety of settings and environments providing quality information, advice, advocacy, and support to young people.  
  • Experience of & ability to assess the needs of young people, including undertaking risk assessment.  
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with difficult/complex situations. 
  • Knowledge and experience of developing and maintaining contacts/positive relationships with other agencies/organisations. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce reports, maintain records, 
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake lone working as well as working as part of a team.  
  • Demonstrate effective organisational skills.  
  • Commitment to undertake training identified as required for the role. 


  1. Experience or qualification in Forest schools/Outdoor Education (Sailing, Kayaking, Climbing, Cycling, Caving Etc.) 
  2. Qualification and/or experience in Psychological Therapies and/or Mental Health 
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