Learning Mentor, Reading

Closing date:Expiring in 2 days

Thames Valley SchoolReading

Date posted:
Start date: After Easter or earlier if available
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £16,000 - £17,895(£16,000 - £17,895 FTE (£14,092 - £15,761 Actual))
Contract term: Permanent

Help transform lives by joining our team.


A breakthrough can seem like the smallest thing, but it can make the world of difference to someone on the autism spectrum. By becoming a teaching assistant/ learning mentor you’ll help make everyday breakthroughs happen more often.


We need you to be resilient, supportive and sensitive towards the needs of autistic people. Being a teaching assistant/l learning mentor takes bravery, patience and commitment. But working with autistic people gives so much more in return.


You may have a personal connection, a desire to work with or real life experiences working with autistic people. You might not have lots of experience yet, but if you share our values and are willing to make a difference to the lives of autistic people, we’d love to hear from you.


We offer a fantastic induction programme, continuing learning and development opportunities, regular one to ones, annual appraisals, and the support you need to develop your career. Along with a host of benefits – from shopping discounts to flexible working and a competitive pension scheme.


Contract: Full Time, (Term Time) 


Salary: £16,000 - £17,895 FTE 


Help make an Everyday Breakthrough happen by joining our team.


A breakthrough can seem like the smallest thing, but it can make the world of difference to someone on the autism spectrum. By becoming a Learning Mentor at The National Autistic Society you’ll help make Everyday Breakthroughs happen more often.


Who we are looking for


We are a forward thinking Autism Specific Specialist Free School  seeking Learning Mentors with a passion for improving life outcomes for every learner.


As with all NAS schools, the pedagogy will be informed by researched and established methods of best practice in teaching autistic young people.


NAS Academies Trust currently includes two other free schools, Church Lawton School & The Vanguard School. It has been designated that Thames Valley School & Vanguard School will be partner schools, under the leadership of an Executive Principal and Executive Business & Finance Manager. Both schools will work collaboratively to maximise the standards, curriculum offer, training and employment opportunities. This new role will enable you to influence & contribute to the future of the NAS Academies Trust schools.


This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of the school’s development where you will be working closely with the teaching staff to support small classes of young people with a diagnosis of Autism.


We aim to deliver the highest level of education and experiences to ensure the best life chances become a sustainable reality for every young person (on an individual needs led basis). Together, we will create a safe, positive and structured environment in which every young person is respected and encouraged to achieve independence (through academic, employment and personal skills development).


To be considered for this role, you will be a dynamic, passionate practitioner who can demonstrate a real commitment to the education of children with autism and ideally have a proven track record of supporting learners whose needs lie on the autism spectrum.


Being a Learning Mentor takes bravery, patience and commitment. But working with autistic people gives so much more in return.


We need you to be resilient, supportive and sensitive towards the needs of autistic people.


Along with a host of benefits – from shopping discounts to flexible working and a competitive pension scheme - we’ll make sure you get excellent autism-specific training to help further your career.


You may have a personal connection, a desire to work with or real life experiences working with autistic people. If you share our Values and are willing to make a difference to the lives of autistic people, we’d love to hear from you.


How to apply


To apply for this post, please complete the online application form.


Applications must be completed in full. Only complete applications will be considered. Should you experience any issues with the electronic application form, please contact the school. CVs will not be accepted under any circumstances.


For more information about this job, please contact Carly Sidhu carlysidhu@thamesvalley.reading.sch.uk


Closing date: 23rd February 2020


Interview date: 03rd March 2020


Unfortunately, we cannot respond to all applications. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume you have not been shortlisted for interview on this occasion. We will not be accepting applications from previous applicants on this occasion.


The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives, challenges perceptions and build a society that works for autistic people. Visit our website to find out more about who we are and what we do.


Successful applicants will be required to complete the relevant safeguarding checks.


We are an equal opportunities employer.




More about Thames Valley School
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Type: Special Needs
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 16 years
Address: Conwy Close, Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 4BZ, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 118 942 4750
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Thames Valley School is part of the network of free schools and academies owned and operated by the NAS Academies Trust, a company limited by guarantee in England (No 7954396