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  • Start date details

    As soon as possible

  • Closing date

    19 February 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    30 January 2024

Job details

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Working pattern

Contract type

Fixed term

Full-time equivalent salary

£16,389.00 - £18,117.00 Annually (Actual) To work 30 hours per week. Starting scale SCP5-7; there is professional development available to progress into the established SCP scale 8-11

Learning Mentor (Teaching Assistant) job summary

At The Wren, we challenge ourselves to become better day by day; driving our school community forward so that we can offer our students an exceptional education. We share an ambitious and inspirational vision that;

‘Each child, regardless of background, will receive a world-class education and be nurtured, challenged and inspired to aim high.’

We believe that every young person must receive an exceptional education; one that nurtures a love of learning and empowers students to achieve their best, one that challenges, inspires and develops them as individuals and one that ensures all students have the tools to be fully equipped for their future.

Learning mentors at The Wren help students develop coping strategies, enhance their motivation, raise their aspirations and encourage them to engage as happy and confident learners. Working alongside other colleagues in school, learning mentors advocate for young people in order to improve their outcomes. With a flexible approach and sense of humour, they look for opportunities to demonstrate to young people that they belong, that they matter and that they can trust the adults around them to support them to be their very best. Our learning mentors are organised into small teams which focus on particular areas of special educational needs.

The Wren is a local school for the local community and is part of Excalibur Academies Trust. We have a vacancy for a Learning Mentor to work 30 hours per week, term time only, plus inset days. The starting salary is £23,500 pa FTE with pay progression linked to local government SCP salary scale 5-7 (actual starting salary £16,389pa). There is professional development available to progress into higher SCP salary scales 8-11. The Wren is a member of the Royal Berkshire Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), Employer Contributions are set at 22.6%.

The successful candidate will be forward thinking, able to work independently as well as part of a team and be willing to invest time in building relationships with our students. You do not need a specific qualification to apply for this role and we value experience gained from both employment in education and other careers.

If our vision, values and ethos match your own philosophy, then we hope you will take the next step and apply for this position by downloading a recruitment pack and completing the application form and equal opportunities monitoring form.

Please submit your application early as suitable candidates may be invited to interview prior to the closing date.

The Wren is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Click here to read our Safeguarding Policy. Any appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of all relevant pre-employment checks. The Wren is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, promoting and celebrating the diversity of staff, students and the community we work with. The Wren values everyone’s contribution and ensures all have the opportunity to realise their potential in line with our #BetterNeverStops ethos. We welcome applications from talented people from all sections of the community who share our values and belief that all students, regardless of background, deserve a world-class education.

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About The WREN School

School type
Free School, ages 11 to 19
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
994 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19

The Wren School is a thriving and growing 11-18 secondary school based in the heart of the local community. Reading is a vibrant town with a thriving centre sited on the River Thames and River Kennet. A historic market town with many shops and restaurants and fantastic opportunities to explore a huge number of local and regional attractions. The school is situated in West Reading, with easy access to the M4 and excellent rail links to London and across the country.

Our first cohort of Year 7 students arrived in September 2015 and we moved into our state of the art, modern buildings in September 2018. These fantastic buildings provide us with spacious and well-equipped learning environments that inspire our students to continue to strive for excellence. In September 2020, we were delighted to welcome our first Sixth Form cohort as our school continues to grow and develop. We were very proud that in June 2018, after our first Ofsted inspection, we achieved a ‘Good’ rating; we were described as, “a school that enables pupils to succeed” and it endorsed the journey we are on. You can view a copy of the report here.

As a school, we value community cohesion and are proud to be part of the Excalibur Academies Trust and its excellent network of schools. Founded in 2012, EAT is a multi-academy trust that prides itself on a special blend of independence and collaboration. Their vision is to provide an excellent education empowering individuals to thrive and grow within a caring, aspirational and outward looking culture. They believe in investing in staff to ensure they attract and retain talented, dedicated people who are committed to changing children’s lives for the better. With a strong track record of raising the achievement of disadvantaged pupils across the trust, it is their mission to promote social mobility and personal fulfilment through the transformative power of education.

Our rich and purposeful curriculum offers a wide mix of academic and practical opportunities. We challenge our students to explore, discover and learn new things, and inspire them to dream and think big. We aim to create independent, creative and confident individuals who are skilled and ready for the world, and resilient to the challenges they might face.

We have an unremitting focus on quality first teaching and learning, with an exceptional staff team who are committed to creating our ‘Wren Inspirational Classrooms’. We expect and encourage the highest standards of attitude, behaviour and commitment from staff and students alike.

Our students follow a three year Key Stage 3, studying a wide range of subjects to prepare them for Year 9 - a year of choice and decision-making about GCSE subjects and the next stage of their educational journey. All students will have the opportunity to select a personalised combination of subjects that will allow them to reach for success at the end of Key Stage 4 in Year 11. We hope that each student's journey with us continues into our sixth form where we provide a range of qualifications to meet their needs and open up opportunities as they step into the world of work or continue onto further study at university.

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