Background to the Post
WCG has three core values, the first of which is to put the student first. Young people have the right to request that an institution is named in their Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP), and local authorities have a duty to name that institution in the EHC plan unless, following consultation with the institution, the local authority determines that it is unsuitable for the young person’s age, ability, aptitude or Special Educational Needs or that to place the young person there would be incompatible with the efficient use of resources or the efficient education of others.
WCG is recognised as offering an inclusive and successful provision at all levels for Young People whose learning is affected by autism.
The role of the Learning Mentor is to ensure that all our students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities reach their potential. The main purpose of this Specialist Learning Mentor post is to work with students with Autism Spectrum Condition within their learning programme and help them towards achieving independence.
The Specialist Learning Mentor’s time will be spent with the identified student/s in a mentoring capacity both in the classroom/workshop/practical environment and 1:1 mentoring outside of taught sessions. There will be a requirement to undertake administrative tasks relating to recording student progress and supporting student retention and achievement.
Why Work With Us?
Imagine working for an employer that has a positive impact on the lives of thousands of students every year. That could be you.
We offer careers in teaching, educational support and pastoral care and brilliant opportunities within our professional Corporate and Commercial Services departments. The opportunities here are almost endless and can be full time, term time only, part time.
We are one of the largest higher and further education colleges in the country with just under 15,000 students and around 1,300 staff. That’s a lot of people and people are our key to success.
WCG has a comprehensive staff training program, offering leadership training for those wanting to progress and an employee health and wellbeing programme to support our staff when they need it most.
Place of Work: Royal Leamington Spa College
Our Royal Leamington Spa campus delivers various specialisms from Hair & Beauty to Games Art & Design. As well as these courses we also have an onsite Bistro where some of our students complete their catering courses. We offer a broad range of career opportunities including teaching and support roles.
- GCSE Grade C or above in English and Mathematics, or Level 2 equivalent qualification or a willingness to gain this.
- A qualification relevant to Specific Learning Difficulties at Level 2 or above.
- Working knowledge of information technology such as e-mail, the internet and other software applications, including assistive technologies.
- Previous experience of supporting young people with Autism Spectrum Condition.
- Experience of liaison, advocacy and collaborative working
- Experience in working with learners on a 1-2-1 basis
- Experience of coaching and motivating learners of different ages and abilities.
- A knowledge of Educational Health and Care Plans and the SEND Code of Practice (2014).
- A qualification in Autism Spectrum Condition
- Previous experience of working in Further Education.
- Previous experience of managing students with behaviours for concern.
Essential Skills and Knowledge:
- Excellent communication skills.
- Ability to motivate students to reach targets sets.
- Commitment to a high level of student achievement and to continuous quality improvement.
- Supportive, positive and non-judgemental attitude.
- Awareness of health and safety procedures or willingness to undertake training.
- Good administrative and record keeping skills.
- To undertake staff training as applicable and including mandatory Team Teach training
- Be flexible and very responsive in approach to teaching styles and methods.
- Be able to respond effectively to the student’s individual needs.
- Work to deadlines set.
- Commitment to equality and diversity and knowledge of Disability Discrimination and Equality Act.
- Ability to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of Equality and Diversity.
- Ability to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.
- Ability to demonstrate behaviours which support the Core Values of the College
For a full job description including duties and responsibilities of the role, please see the job description attached below.
Warwickshire College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.