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Online Learning Mentor
This role offers a rewarding opportunity to become part of a 7-year-old’s rich learning
journey. We are looking for a learning mentor who is able to connect creatively, online, for up to 3 hours a week. You will become part of a team supporting what is best described as a programme of self-directed education. The provision is supported by an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) and so will also be reviewed through this process.
The 3 hours can be negotiated but will need to work around existing provision. These hours will also likely be added to over time.
The ideal candidate will be a dynamic, fun, and insightful learning mentor, specialising in supporting truly individual learning pathways. If you believe that learning is a natural process arising from felt-safety, connection, curiosity, playfulness, and rich, developmentally attuned opportunities, if you are passionate
about working away from systems of rewards and punishments, committed to enhancing every child’s individuality rather than gaining conformity, we would love to hear from you.
The work will focus on online connection through games, activities, and discussions, based on the student’s interests and passions. The learning opportunities will look different over time, evolving fluidly. Connection may start with online games, such as Minecraft, and will diversify at a natural pace, as trust is gained. This will happen with deep respect for the student’s agency, choice over their goals, and how these will be met on their learning pathway. An attuned, responsive, and reciprocal approach is essential.
Applicants Need to Have:
Experience working flexibly as a teacher, tutor, learning mentor, or in a similar
professional role supporting children and young people.
The learning mentor’s suitability will depend on their experience, knowledge base, understanding, skills, and approach, rather than on any specific qualification.
Understanding of and belief in self-directed education and the importance of intrinsic motivation.
Comfortable following a child’s lead and not being in the role of ‘expert’.
Experience supporting children and young people within a neurodiversity- affirming framework.
Excellent communication and advocacy skills.
The ability to connect effectively via text as a preferred method of
communication and via online platforms such as Minecraft.
The ability to provide a low arousal, low demand approach with a high degree of novelty, flexibility, ingenuity, and creativity.
The ability to provide an empowering learning context, sensitive to and validating of the student’s individual needs. Session content and length will always need to be attuned to the student’s body budget and fluctuating capacity to engage, keeping their emotional wellbeing at the centre.
Unswerving commitment to deliver all sessions away from systems of rewards
The ability to remain calm, to communicate from safety, and to work
Commitment to do further reading related to the individual needs of the
student, especially in relation to Autistic and PDA experience.
An interest in listening to and learning from Autistic educators, with a
commitment to moving away from the medical model, and to offering supports
with this learning in mind.
The ability to work closely with parents and professionals. This will include
being responsive to advice and new information, to ensure the needs and
well-being of the child are prioritised at all times.
The skills to maintain clear learning records and to complete reports for EHCP meetings and annual reviews.
A full and up to date DBS Certificate
Rate of pay upwards of £40 per hour, depending on experience.
Applications of interest should include a covering letter, CV, and details of availability. Please send to [email protected] Suitable
candidates will then be invited for an interview over zoom within two weeks of your application being received