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Youth Mentor

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Job description

Every year, Teaching Personnel is inundated with vacancies from SENCOs needing staff to support their pupils with Special educational needs.
Of course, they don’t have time to publish an advert, shortlist and interview so they come to Teaching Personnel for help. We have specialised in Primary and Secondary Schools across Bristol for many years and our “bread and butter” so to speak are requests for behaviour mentors for which at present I require 3 for one of my alternative provisions based in Bristol for an immediate start.

What is a behaviour Mentor?

Nine times out of ten a Behaviour Mentor is someone who supports a pupil or a small group of pupils on a full-time basis who have either a neurological disorder such as ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder) or SEMH (Social, Emotional or Mental Health). You job is to manage behaviour, act as a role model and support them academically. You will be fully supported under the guidance of the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.)

What makes a good Behaviour Mentor?

There are three key attributes to a successful Behaviour Mentor. Firstly you will need to be confident. This means setting boundaries, taking control of situations and making tough decisions, especially in terms of discipline. You must be patient. There are no overnight fixes and these pupils are very challenging. If you get frustrated by not making giant leaps in the first few weeks this is NOT for you. These things take time but are extremely rewarding when changes are made. Lastly you need to be committed. Some of these pupils have very chaotic lives and you are there to provide stability and support. We are not looking for someone for a couple of weeks but for multiple school terms. However, you will have the chance to visit the school, meet the children and the SENCO before you commit to the role.

Do I need qualifications or experience?

Yes, you will need to have Maths and English GCSEs, grade C or above.
You don’t require a degree but schools particular like graduates so this is advantageous but not essential.

If you would like to gain a qualification in behaviour management, we offer our candidates to go on our Team Teach course as we have an in house Team Teach trainer. Please call for further details.

In terms of experience, you will need the following: either school or education based experience or SEN experience with either children or adults in or out of school.

What are the benefits?

  • You will be supported fully throughout with training provided
  • Hugely rewarding role where results are truly life changing
  • 8:30 – 3:30, Monday to Friday
  • Invaluable experience if you wish to pursue a career in Education
  • Access to a car 5 days a weeks is ideal for this role

How do I apply?

If you are interested in this role and would like to be considered, please apply via the link.

We also have a range of roles that may interest you,  working in local primary schools around Bristol, Bath, North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Teaching Personnel have placed many Teacher and Teaching Assistants into temporary-to-permanent opportunities as well as receiving many supply requests if you are seeking more flexible work opportunities.
Please feel free to send across your CV to myself via email – or call 0117 92000 42 and speak to the our specialist recruitment consultants in our Primary, Secondary & SEN teams.

Alternatively, if you would like one of our specialists to call then please visit our website, where there is an opportunity to register your details. We look forward to hearing from you.

All applicants will require the appropriate qualifications and training for this role. Please see for details.

All pay rates quoted will be inclusive of 12.07% statutory holiday pay. This advert is for a temporary position. In some cases, the option to make this role permanent may become available at a later

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