Pastoral Learning Mentor

The Compass, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 0QU

This job expired on 12 October 2022 – see similar jobs

  • Start date details

    As soon as possible

  • Closing date

    12 October 2022 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    27 September 2022

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

Actual salary range £17,420-£27,214 PA, pay award pending

Pay scale

Grade 5-9, depending on experience

Pastoral Learning Mentor job summary

Pastoral Learning Mentor – 37 hours per week, Term Time inc INSET Days plus 2 weeks.

We have an exciting new opportunity for a Pastoral Learning Mentor to join our amazing Engagement Team. This is a key role at Compass and you will need to have a good work ethic, be a team player, have the ability to motivate in a supportive way, making a difference to young people’s lives, inspiring them to achieve and realise their true potential.

You will be required to support students, and their families, from the initial request for a place at Compass, through their time with us and, where appropriate, to reintegration into mainstream school. You will often be the first point of contact for students and families, signposting them to the relevant internal support and / or external agencies, as well as providing pastoral support to remove barriers to learning. You will be required to support learners through transitions, attend meetings with external agencies and other stakeholders and other key roles set out in the job description.

This position would suit someone who has experience of working with, or supporting, young people in an education, social or youth work background, who ideally has some understanding of the education system, and is looking for a position in which they can further develop their existing skills and experience.

The young people we educate have struggled in mainstream school and come to us with a variety of needs and difficulties. Our challenge is to help them build the confidence, knowledge and skills to unlock their potential. This role will suit someone who is caring, understanding and can demonstrate energy and enthusiasm with a strong positive behaviour management ethos.

We are seeking to appoint someone who:

  • has strong empathy
  • has a positive approach and personal nature
  • is committed to high standards of achievement and progress
  • has a flexible approach and able to meet the changing needs of our young people
  • is able to contribute fully to the life of the school

If you are a good team player, who is motivated, patient, resilient, understanding and have the ability to establish a rapport with young people in a busy and lively setting, this may be the job for you. You will be joining an outstanding, hardworking and friendly team of staff.

If you think this post could be for you then come and visit us – see what we’re about and how we work. To arrange a visit please contact Michelle Nokes, Heads PA on 01305 – 206530, email: m.nokes@compass.dorset.sch.uk

Compass Learning Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people; this is a commitment which we expect all staff and volunteers to share. The successful candidate will be required to have a Disclosure & Barring Service check in line with the Governments safer recruitment guidelines. We value the diversity of our workforce and welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

Please ensure that your application is completed in full, listing and detailing all qualifications from secondary school up to the most recent qualifications gained and a full employment history is stated from school until present day.

Compass Learning Centre will conduct online searches of shortlisted candidates. This check will be part of a safeguarding check, and the search will purely be based on whether an individual is suitable to work with children. As care must be taken to avoid unconscious bias and any risk of discrimination a person who will not be on the appointment panel will conduct the search and will only share information if and when findings are relevant and of concern.

Further details including a job description and person specification are included in the attached Information for Applicants, however if you have any questions or would like to discuss this position please contact Michelle Nokes, Heads PA on 01305 – 206530.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 12 October 2022 . Interviews w/c 17 October 2022.

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About The Compass

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 5 to 16
School size
43 pupils enrolled
Age range
5 to 16
Phone number
01305 260530

Compass Learning Centre is a ‘good school’ (Ofsted May 2019) and a successful Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), part of the Alternative Provision (AP) in education. It is fully supported by a committed Management Committee who work closely with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team. The Pupil Admission Number (PAN) is currently 64. The number of students on roll varies throughout the year dependent on the number of referrals from schools within the Weymouth and Portland area and from Dorset Council.

Students who attend Compass Learning Centre predominantly experience difficulties engaging in a mainstream school and come to us with a variety of needs and difficulties. The centre caters for students who have been permanently excluded from a mainstream school, individuals with medical conditions that prevent attendance at mainstream schools and a few pupils without access to regular education. A number of students are admitted with an Education Health Care Plan, a few are in the care of the local authority and others attend for a fixed period of time on a Dual Registration basis. We serve the wider West Dorset community, however the majority of students who attend Compass come from the Weymouth and Portland area.

Some students follow short-term, work-related social development or resilience building courses at Rylands Farm, Greenwood Carpentry, Max Events, A-Z and Weymouth Sailing Academy. All students are offered full-time programmes. However, the time spent in school is tailored to meet individual students’ needs.

Arranging a visit to The Compass

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email m.nokes@compass.dorset.sch.uk.

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