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  • Closing date

    2 October 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    18 September 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

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Learning Mentor

Working pattern

Part time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£10.90 Hourly Grade B; 32.5h per week, 39 weeks per annum

Reflections Student Support job summary

Join Athena - Inspiring World-Class Education Together!

At Athena, we are a passionate and forward-looking educational organisation committed to providing world-class education and helping individuals lead great lives. Our core values of "Dream Big, Take Responsibility, and Be Kind" guide our mission to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment where everyone can excel and grow.

About Us:

At Athena, we believe in the power of education to transform lives and shape a brighter future. We are dedicated to fostering a strong sense of community, where students, educators, and parents collaborate to achieve academic excellence and personal growth. Our commitment to "Dream Big, Take Responsibility, and Be Kind" underpins everything we do, inspiring our students to aim high, take ownership of their learning, and treat each other with respect and compassion.

We are inspired by wisdom, creativity and learning. Determined to create a world where all children get to go to great schools, our mission is to provide the knowledge and education to bring opportunities, choices and freedom. 

If you want to be part of an inspirational team of big thinkers who will support you to develop your full potential and value your knowledge, passion, wellbeing and commitment, it sounds like you could be on your way to joining us and becoming an Athenian.

Our Commitment to You:

We recognise that all of our people have a role to play in ensuring our students have access to world class education and so are our most valuable asset. We are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive work environment that promotes both personal and professional growth. Here are some of the benefits and perks you can enjoy as a member of our team:

People: passionate about making a difference in the lives of each other and our students

Development: we love learning and provide all with professional development opportunities. We invest in our employees' growth and development through continuous learning opportunities, training programs, and mentorship.

Flexibility: We believe in achieving work-life balance, and we offer flexible working arrangements to suit your individual needs. Our staff work flexibly within a range of different patterns and positions

Value: our staff have a great pension, lots of holiday entitlement, access to sick pay and nationally negotiated rates of pay

Impact: we work as a team to improve our children’s life chances and opportunities

Leaders: we see everyone as a school leader

Support: valuing our employee time and impact by investing it well and providing wrap around support 

Wellbeing: we value the holiday we have to do things that make us happy and healthy

Employee Wellbeing Initiatives: your wellbeing is important to us. We offer a range of initiatives and resources to support your physical, mental, and emotional health.

Car Schemes: we offer car schemes that cater to your commuting needs.

Perkbox: Enjoy access to Perkbox, a platform offering a wide array of discounts, benefits, and rewards to enhance your lifestyle.

Join us on this journey to inspire greatness in ourselves and others. Together, we can create a brighter future and make a lasting difference in the lives of our students and the communities we serve.

How to Apply:

If you are passionate about our values and dedicated to making a meaningful impact on education, we invite you to apply. Please complete the application form on My New Term and tell us about how you connect with our values of "Dream Big, Take Responsibility, and Be Kind" and what you feel you can contribute to our team and our goal to deliver world class education.

Role Summary

Working as part of the Student Support Team based in the Reflection room, supporting students to learn and engage successfully and ensure they continue to access world class education. This role requires you to be able to communicate effectively with students and staff and to be confident and calm in busy working environments. 

Key areas of responsibility - What will you be doing

Build Knowledge

  • Keep up to date with best practice in maintaining student attendance, behaviour and engagement

  • Educate students on how to realise success in their educational and personal journey

 Build Trust

  • Foster strong and positive relationships students

  • Mentor students to achieve success at school

  • Build effective relationships with colleagues and parents where required

  • Demonstrate reliability, integrity, and professionalism in handling sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality


  • Assess and prioritise tasks focussing on pre-empting student behaviour and implementing proactive and preventative interventions

  • Efficiently manage time and resources to ensure the completion of essential tasks while balancing competing demands.

Clarity and Energy

  • Communicate clearly and concisely to convey information, instructions, and goals effectively to team members and other stakeholders.

  • Exhibit enthusiasm and motivation in daily activities to inspire and energise the team and create a positive work environment.

  • Be clear and positive about what we expect from students. 

 Follow Up

  • Monitor and track progress on various initiatives and tasks to ensure that they are completed as planned.

  • Proactively follow up with team members and stakeholders to address any potential issues and ensure accountability for assigned responsibilities.

  • Be consistent in your approach, ensuring our College rules and values are understood and upheld by all. 

Person Specification - How you will be doing it

Dream Big

●       Deliver value opportunities for world class education for all students

Take Responsibility

●       To maintain confidentiality of information acquired in the course of undertaking duties for the department. 

●       Ensure Health and Safety and Safeguarding are at the centre of your approach.

●       Take accountability for your own development and aspire to deliver the very best practice across all areas of your role.

Be Kind

●       To encourage acceptance and inclusion of all students. 

●       Support positive strategies for promoting equality and for challenging racial and other prejudice.


GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in Maths and English


Relevant experience working with young people

Calm, approachable and adaptable

Strong communication skills

Adaptable under pressure

Competent use of IT equipment and systems


Experience mentoring or coaching

Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.

Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description

You could reasonably be asked to work out of our partner sites to support where required

Commitment to safeguarding

Please refer to our safeguarding policy on the Athena Learning Trust website at:


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About Launceston College

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
1389 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Launceston College is part of the Athena Learning Trust alongside Altarnun Primary, Atlantic Academy, Bideford College, Egloskerry Primary and Launceston Primary School.

Launceston College is a large and established 11 – 18 secondary school in Launceston, Cornwall.

The belief at Launceston College is that the most vital part of any school is the people who make it what it is. Our students enjoy being part of our school community and we have a strong team of staff at the College who are united in encouraging students to work hard, to achieve their best and to respect others. To do this we believe that students need to be fully challenged and supported within a caring environment.

We believe that students should have all their achievements recognised, acknowledged and given credit; no child, however, should ever take away another child’s right to a high-quality education. The College is therefore run in a well-disciplined, orderly and respectful manner; we have rules and we expect students to follow them. Our very high expectations for standards of behaviour from all students were recognised by Ofsted in their most recent inspection who judged the behaviour of our students to be “outstanding”.

We are committed to the pursuit of individual excellence and achievement whilst ensuring that no-one is left behind. We believe in the education of the whole person and try to provide a range of experiences which promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our students; we are an accredited “Adventure Learning School” and provide a wide range of adventurous learning opportunities both inside the curriculum and beyond.

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