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SEMH Mentor - Term Time

North West Kent Alternative Provision Service, Gravesend

  • Ref:KCC886-1106-98S
  • Posted:06/10/2021
  • Pay:KR5
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:22/10/2021 at 23:45
  • Interviews:w/c 1st November 2021


One in six young people have symptoms of a common mental health disorder yet only one in three end up accessing treatment from the NHS.

Do you want to be on the front line of supporting young people to ensure mental health is not a barrier to success?

A passionate, dynamic, evolving alternative provision service want to add the right SEMH mentor to its close knit, dedicated team.

Do you appreciate the impact mental health can have on a young person’s life? Do you understand the need to see beyond negative behaviour and support the young person to manage mental health challenges? Do you want to make sure young people don’t become mental health statistics but are seen as successful members of the community?

We need a SEMH mentor who is able to help our students take the first steps on a life changing journey. Do you have the ability to understand mental health triggers and find the right supportive strategy? Can you provide stability and security so young people can overcome mental health adversity?

The ideal candidate will:

  • know behaviour is a symptom and needs to be unpicked and understood.
  • have an awareness of SEMH needs and value the power of education to support these.
  • have an awareness on the impact that mental health can have on a young person and the barriers it can create.
  • be able to listen and guide to find each individual student’s strength and show them that they are the solution.
  • believe that our students can achieve ANYTHING they want and that we have a responsibility to support them.
  • be proactive, we are not here to fire-fight!
  • know that as a team, we all play a vital role in giving our students opportunities, experiences and, most of all, success!
  • never give up and strive to find positive steps forward, no matter how many barriers a student puts in place.
  • have a creative and flexible approach to working with young people.
  • have a desire to support the well-being, resilience and self-belief of our students.
  • want to grow and develop in this new role.

NWKAPS has been on a considerable and fast-paced journey Ofsted inspection, making exciting and positive strides forward which were recognised it our December 2019. We have an amazing team who are focused on providing the best outcomes for our students, promoting positive behaviour for learning and creating a high quality teaching environment.

Ofsted say that, ‘For many pupils, their time at North West Kent Alternative Provision Service (NWKAPS) is transformational.’ We strongly believe in this moral purpose and seek to continue to grow the exceptional team working to achieve this. With new buildings and an expanding SEND department, now is the time to come and work with us.

Once employed you’ll be given excellent support and training as we want to upskills the right candidate to ensure we have an excellent support team for our young people.

This role maybe full time or part time, we will be flexible for the right applicant.

Information about the school


NWKAPS is an alternative provision for students who might otherwise face exclusion from mainstream school. Our small pupil numbers mean you can make a real difference to pupil’s learning and life chances once they finish school: over 96% of last year’s students successfully achieved their choice of post-16 destination.

By mainstream standards, our teachers have tiny class sizes and plenty of PPA time to prepare high quality lessons. We have a sensible marking policy, three data drops a year, a behaviour policy that’s supported by an active, visible SLT, and we put student and staff wellbeing first in everything we do.

We focus on students’ learning and the quality of our teaching, with CPD, career development and instructional coaching for every teacher, lesson observations that are about improvement not judgement, and a focus on evidence-based teaching in classrooms.

Our students study GCSES as well as a range of Level 2 qualifications and vocational courses in a large, bright, well equipped school building with several purpose built spaces including a beauty salon, workshop, sensory room, and best of all for busy teachers, a coffee shop with an industry standard coffee machine.

NWKAPS is part of Alternative Learning Trust.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Suzanne Knott
  • Address:North West Kent Alternative Provision Service, The Westcourt Centre, Richmond Drive, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 4DJ
  • Telephone: 01474 332897
  • Email: sknott@nwkaps.kent.sch.uk
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).