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Pastoral Support Mentor - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Heath Farm School, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-6060-102S
  • Posted:01/06/2023
  • Pay:£22,000 per annum
  • Start Date:September
  • App Close Date:20/06/2023 at 23:00
  • Interviews:ASAP


 How would you like to be paid for five days but only work four*?

Job Title:          Pastoral Support Mentor

Location:          Heath Farm School, Charing Heath, Ashford, Kent

Salary:              £22,000 per annum

Hours:              37.5 hours per week; Monday to Friday 8.30 – 16.30

Contract:          Permanent, Term Time only

If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

Job Purpose

To be the first referral point for pastoral issues concerning students in your Pod, supporting students with both reactionary and proactive interventions in order to support them to engage in their learning and working with the class team and department lead to explore best ways of supporting students.

Main Duties

In relation to students within your Pod:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils, ensuring that pupil wellbeing is the focus of all actions undertaken in the role.
  • Assist with the pastoral care of pupils, ensuring that the school meets all pupils’ personal and social needs.
  • Provide one-to-one pastoral support to pupils, where necessary.
  • Work with staff members and parents in order to remove practical, social and emotional barriers to learning.


The successful candidate will:

  • Hold GCSEs or equivalent qualification in at least English and Maths.

The successful candidate will have experience of:

  • Undertaking relevant and effective CPD.
  • Developing and delivering individual and group-based support to pupils. 
  • Working with pupils with behavioural issues.
  • Supporting pupils’ SMEH needs.
  • Implementing behaviour management strategies.

About the School

It is an exciting time to join Heath Farm School.  Under the leadership of the new, forward-thinking headteacher, the school and its team are currently in the process of redesigning and creating a purposeful and unique ‘Heath Farm Curriculum’ that fully meets the holistic needs of our students.

Why join Acorn Education & Care? 


Your health and wellbeing are important to us, so you’ll get an exceptional reward package including:

  • Life Assurance
  • Pension scheme with options to increase your contributions
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters” – access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services and physical health checks

And a market-leading benefit offering through our Flexible Benefits Platform, Vista, enables you to choose the package that’s right for you, including:

  • A wide range of health, wellbeing, and insurance benefits
  • 100’s of discount options valid in the UK and abroad
  • Cycle to Work Schemes
  • Electric Car Purchase Scheme
  • Critical illness cover

We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to a fully enhanced DBS, which must be registered on the update service.

*You’ll work 80% of your contractual hours for 100% of your pay, giving you more time to do the things that make you happy.

Information about the school

About the School

We are an independent SEN school that offers a unique and stimulating environment where every pupil can make outstanding progress in their personal development and enjoy success in their education. From our nurturing approach for primary pupils through to the relaxed working environment of the specialist College Provision, all students are encouraged to reach high standards in every aspect of their lives.

Our pupils present with a wide range of needs, including social and emotional issues, learning difficulties, mental health problems and associated conditions. However, they are able to enjoy extraordinary outcomes and be happy at school.

Acorn Education is the UK’s leading independent provider of specialist education and residential care for vulnerable pupils and young people. As part of Outcomes First Group, we are leading our sector in setting and delivering new approaches that provide measurable outcomes for those in our care.

We are part of Acorn Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Acorn Education is part of the Outcomes First Group.

We are really proud to say that in 2024, Outcomes First Group were officially certified as a ‘Great Place to Work’ for the fifth year running.

Job Contact Information

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 Education.