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Learning Mentor - VI Specialist - Term Time

Turner Free School, Folkestone

  • Ref:KCC886-4021-191S
  • Posted:23/05/2023
  • Pay:Academy Range 04 £20,104 (£17,736 pro rata)
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:12/06/2023 at 12:00
  • Interviews:To Be Confirmed


Apply to join TFS as we continue to build a powerful education for every one of our pupils

We are offering an opportunity to be part of our fantastic new school, which aims to provide an outstanding education for every child at Turner Free School. This could be the ideal role for you if you are passionate about making a difference to the lives of children through supporting them to achieve, both academically and personally. This role is to directly support a visually impaired pupil with an EHCP, on a 1:1 basis, who is in benefit of Higher Needs Funding. Braille experience is desirable but not necessary as training can be given. This will include working with them in lessons, running interventions for them, supporting with related paperwork and co-ordinating with relevant stakeholders. Whilst this role is specifically for one pupil, where appropriate there will be opportunities to support other groups of pupils also. 

To fully support this pupil we are looking to recruit one full time Learning Mentor to directly support. There will also be a part time Learning Support Assistant to focus on adapting learning resources.  

We are looking for Learning Mentors who:

  • braille experience is desirable but not necessary as training can be given.
  • are able to support a specific pupil, on a 1:1 basis, towards achieving their goals as part of their Educational Health Plan committed team players with energy and drive
  • are able to support children with a range of special educational needs and disabilities, 
  • are able to deliver support, both in lesson and small groups in reading, writing and mathematics;
  • are dedicated, enthusiastic, patient and caring.

We welcome applications either from those with experience in supporting learning in the classroom or who have experience in supporting children with a range of other special educational needs, or from graduates, who are looking to gain in-school experience before Teacher Training.

We are committed to our staff’s continuous professional development in all areas, and will ensure that you receive high quality and effective training in order to support you in your role. However, experience with Read Write Inc. Fresh Start and First Aid would be an advantage.

The successful candidate will be expected to play a full part in Family Dining, sharing lunch with our wonderful children every day. All employees of the school are expected to contribute to the wider life of the school community and candidates should be mindful of this when applying for the position.

37 hours a week

Term Time + 2 additional weeks (to include INSET days)

The position is fixed term as it is linked to Higher Needs Funding.  

We reserve the right to close the advert early if a suitable candidate is found.

Information about the school

The Turner Free School is an academically ambitious and inclusive school for 11-18 year old pupils in the Cheriton area of Folkestone. In other words, it is a grammar-style school for everyone. As a smaller than average secondary school, all pupils are known and educated as individuals. The school has a knowledge-led curriculum, organised along the principles established by Professors Michael Young of the IOE and E.D. Hirsch of the University of Virginia, to ensure all pupils receive the knowledge they need to thrive in the modern world. In addition, to give pupils a leading edge for further education and employment, modern foreign languages are emphasised, with the aspiration that all pupils will achieve a working standard by the time that they graduate from the school.

As a free school the Turner Free School is a new Academy school; directly funded by central government and independent of Local Authority control. Like other free schools, the Turner Free School has a responsibility to expand the educational offer locally, to promote higher standards inclusively, to address local social issues and to ensure excellent value for the public purse.

The Turner Free School is part of Turner Schools, a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) based in Folkestone on the beautiful Kent coast. The Turner Schools family includes five schools in Folkestone:-

• Folkestone Primary

• Folkestone Academy

• Morehall Primary

• Martello Primary

• Turner Free School

We provide education through pre-school, primary, secondary and on to sixth form. Each academy is individual and responds to the needs of its local community to provide the best possible opportunity for its young people. We promote high academic standards, while ensuring crucial opportunities for personal and emotional development.

Turner Schools is committed to Transforming children’s futures…Empowering children’s futures…Strengthening communities.

To help us achieve this Turner Staff ‘Walk the Turner Talk’

They will:

• Speak and act with care: always show compassion and respect for children.

• Act boldly: be ambitious for yourself and the children and young people we serve.

• Learn from adversity: be evaluative, thoughtful and reflective.

• Challenge convention: be curious, welcome difference and unfamiliar thinking.

• Connect with others: support colleagues, parents and pupils to make a great team.

• Use your voice: offer different views and ask questions.

• Do what it takes: be relentless in pursuing the best for children.

• Ask for support: be open and honest when plans go awry.

• Don’t give up: be calm, resilient and measured when managing challenges.

Turner Schools is committed to giving a powerful education to local families through schools where children thrive and knowledge matters. Turner Schools is committed to safeguarding children and promoting their welfare. It expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Any appointment is subject to thorough recruitment checks, including an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an on-line search in order to identify any incidents or issues that have happened and are publicly available on line.Two references are required prior to commencement of employment. We are an equal opportunities employer.

We would welcome applicants to visit the school prior to application to experience the culture and ethos. Please contact HR@TurnerSchools.com if you would like to arrange a tour.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Caroline Dominguez
  • Address:Academy Lane, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 5FP
  • Telephone: 01303 842433
  • Email: hr@turnerschools.com
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.