Student Learning Mentor

£14,038 per annum

New Rickstones is an 11-18 Academy situated in North Witham, Essex and is sponsored by Academies Enterprise Trust (AET).  The Academy is a place where the aim is to get the best out of every one of the students.  Whether it is their most gifted and talented, who regularly go to university, or the student who needs extra help; every student at the Academy is valued as an individual in their own right. The Academy benefits from a new £25 million state-of-the-art building and facilities that opened in February 2012. 

We are looking to appoint Student Learning Mentors to work with our Heads of Lower or Upper School and Head of Sixth Form in mentoring and supporting students including admissions, attendance, resolving behavioural issues and providing administrative support to the Pastoral team, including taking minutes at meetings.  You will have excellent IT skills, a good standard of education and able to interact and communicate with young people.

As the sponsor, the AET believes that all young people deserve to become world-class learners – to learn, enjoy, succeed and thrive in a first rate educational environment with the best facilities, the best teaching and the most up-to-date resources available to them.  In each of the AET academies, you will benefit from visionary, inspirational and dynamic leadership and be empowered to develop your own skills with access to world-class CPD and Talent Management programmes.  You will also be offered membership of a private Health Cash Plan, the Ford Advantage Scheme and be entitled to Childcare Vouchers and much, much more!

The position is required for September 2013. 

Closing date:  10 July 2013.

Please note that we reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response.  All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification before making an application.

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Each of the academies within the AET is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  A Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate will be required for all posts.

Are you ready to deliver careers with your Year 8’s in September?

When a Year 8 student first participates in the new statutory career sessions this September one of the key issues will be how to help these students focus on careers and life choices in a serious way for the first time.

There may be some significant interest among the 12 and 13 year olds, but many may be focused on fairly unrealistic career choices e.g. footballer or pop star. Sadly, there might also be some cynicism especially if the students have experienced unemployment within their own family circle.

A teaching resource, Career Detectives, has been devised with this scenario in mind and is centred around a careers board game through which students explore different career sectors which they consider are relevant to their skills, interests and academic abilities.

As the game progresses it takes students to a new level of awareness so they can not only consider areas they wish to explore, but can also benefit more fully from the careers guidance they are offered.

Career Detectives provides information about 168 different careers across all sectors within the context of a range of activities that can be completed either in small groups or with the whole class.

With the addition of a resource pack offering further games, exercises and starting points for lesson plans, the aim is to enable any member of teaching staff to run careers education lessons that will have an immediate impact on students.

Furthermore, the resource also helps to develop and raise awareness of such skills as teamwork, communication, leadership, creativity and confidence and embeds other key learning outcomes including healthy eating and citizenship.

Career Detectives is now being used in schools across the UK and has met with overwhelming praise from pupils, teachers and career guidance professionals, including these from Dr Tristam Hooley and Ian Guest….

“What is really good about Career Detectives is the way that it helps teachers to link career learning to the core curriculum areas in a meaningful way.”
Dr Tristram Hooley, Head of International Centre for Guidance Studies. University of Derby

“Wigan Careers Service has used Career Detectives in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools and the response from pupils, teachers and careers advisers has been uniformly positive. The resource allows pupils to explore careers and the world of work in a fun, engaging and informative way and would be an ideal product to use with year 8 pupils to meet the new revised statutory guidance for schools on careers guidance.”
Ian Guest of Wigan Careers Service

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