Social, Emotional and Mental Health Intervention Mentor at Rugby Free Secondary School

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  Job Reference #
Rugby, Warwickshire, CV22 5PE
  Contract Type
Term Time Only
  Contract Term
£20,900.00 - £22,900.00 Annually (FTE)
Starting Salary: £17,612 - £19,297 (Actual) / Experienced Candidate: £22,900 - £25,000 FTE £19,411 - £21,191(Actual)
  Closing Date
Midnight, 26th Mar 2023
  Start Date
As soon as possible
  Positions Available
   Positions Available        1
  Interview Date(s)
W/C 27th March
   Interview Date(s)           W/C 27th March

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About this Role

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Intervention Mentor

Hours: 37.5 hours 


Starting Salary: £20,900 - £22,900 FTE, £17,612 - £19,297 (Actual)

Experienced Candidate: £22,900 - £25,000 FTE, £19,411 - £21,191 (Actual)

Contract Type: Term Time Only (39 weeks)

About Rugby Free Secondary School

We are at the start of a very exciting journey and have worked extremely hard over the last year to create a culture of high expectations across the school, supported every step of the way by our Trust. This has been achieved through the development of strong and positive relationships with staff, students, parents and carers. Our reflective approach means we are always striving to improve in all we do and believe that mistakes are only an opportunity to learn. Taking and broad holistic approach, we identify the barriers to learning that are likely to affect our students and work relentlessly to address them. 

Our aim is for all students in our care to have the capacity to achieve their full potential and for our curriculum to nurture and develop each child’s hidden talents throughout their time at RFSS. It is an exciting time to be working part of the RFSS family and as part of our trust Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow. RFSS opened in 2016, we relocated to our brand new purpose-built facility in February 2020 and secured ‘Good’ in our most recent Ofsted inspection (July,2021). 

The road hasn’t been smooth, but it is a school committed to providing success for all its students and providing a workplace that supports its staff to ensure they are able to work to the best of their ability for our students every day. You won’t find teachers and staff anywhere else who are as committed to a school’s purpose and supporting its success. Relationships are at the heart of RFSS and underpin our new core values and we are always looking for dedicated staff who share our ethos and demonstrate our values. 

Please find below link to our website with the latest Ofsted report when we were graded as ‘Good’. 

Our Values are:  

  • Kindness – The quality of friendliness, generosity, consideration, honesty 
  • Collaboration – The belief that working and learning with others will lead to greater success  
  • Curiosity – A strong desire to know and to learn 
  • Resilience - The ability to recover quickly and learn from the difficulties we face
  •  Respect - To appreciate the importance of understanding and admiration for others and self 
  • Endeavour - The belief that hard work is needed to achieve something we can be proud of. 


General Duties of the Role  

To improve the process of transition into, within and beyond school settings.

Make a significant contribution to the achievement and well being of students.  

·                To improve the learning and well being of individual students.   

·                To support students who are experiencing learning difficulties.   

·                To support learning at school and encourage links between home and school.   

·                To support the school in improving the attendance & punctuality of identified students.   

·        ·        Keeping up-to-date records on the progress of students including observations and agreed targets.   

·        ·        Providing appropriate programmes of 1:1 or group support that enable students to take a full and confident part in all aspects of their learning & school life. 

·        ·        Working alongside teachers, support staff and families to promote the effective use of behaviour management strategies.    

·        ·        Working with teachers to provide support for students and their families who join the school during the course of the academic year.   

·       ·        Liaising regularly with staff to provide and receive up-to-date feedback on the monitoring and progress of all identified students

·        ·        Developing, identifying & sharing strategies that have shown themselves to be effective in meeting the needs of individual and groups of students in order to ensure consistency and continuity of practice and the maintenance of positive outcomes.

·        ·        Contributing to the development and implementation of appropriate support which will assist students in modifying inappropriate behaviour, developing positive self-images and enhanced educational achievement   

·        ·        Creating an atmosphere of trust & support by providing opportunities in which students feel able to discuss their progress, insights, opinions, targets and are confident to self-refer.  

·        ·        Promoting students’ equality, diversity, rights and encouraging responsibilities.  

·        ·        Maintaining appropriate professional boundaries in all contacts and support of students and their families.   

·        ·        Maintaining the health, safety, protection and wellbeing of students throughout the mentoring process.   

·       ·        Contributing to policies and practice which promote inclusion and engagement by students.   

·        ·        Working with teachers to identify students who require support in moving between key stages.  

·        ·        Developing a range of strategies that support students in making successful transitions from one key stage to another including providing support on preliminary visits, contact with families and conducting follow up visits where necessary to students in their next key stage

·        ·        Helping to promote speedy and effective transfer of information from primary to secondary schools.   

·       ·        Being fully aware of school policies and following school procedures in maintaining regular contact with families/carers of children in need of support, keeping them informed of needs and progress, with the purpose of securing family support and involvement. This will include developing knowledge of Child  Protection procedures.   

·        ·        Developing knowledge and making the best use of the range of activities, courses, external agencies and individuals that might be used and drawn on to provide additional support for students.   

·        ·        Providing regular opportunities to liaise with families or carers to keep them informed about and involved in their child/children’s progress.  

·       ·        Establishing and maintaining effective links with appropriate outside agencies, community and business voluntary mentors in school to provide added support for individuals and groups of students.   

·        Monitoring the attendance of individual students where this has been raised as a concern.   

·        Following school procedures to contact families and provide support where appropriate to improve attendance and punctuality.   

·        Liaising with parents/carers to support their understanding of the school systems on attendance & punctuality.  

·        Providing appropriate support for parents/carers to ensure their child/children’s regular and prompt attendance at school.   

·        Meeting regularly with the designated line manager to report on progress of referred students and other aspects relating to work.   

·        Meeting with the SENCo at least once a term to discuss progress of work.   

·        Keeping up-to-date with latest initiatives, research and practice through local and national training and networking.  

·        To participate in relevant staff development activities.  

·        To become familiar with, understand, and adhere to school and Trust policies and procedures.  

·        To maintain confidentiality in and outside the workplace.   

·        Assist in escorting and supervising students on educational visits and out of school activities.  

·        Understand and support independent learning and inclusion of all students as required.  

·        Maintain confidentiality and adhere to safeguarding procedures.  

·        Demonstrate and adhere to the schools health and safety policies and procedures.   

·        Demonstrate own duties to new or less experienced staff. 

To undertake any other duties deemed appropriate for this, or similar pay grade. The nature of the duties and responsibilities may change from time to time.  

Professional Development  

·        To take responsibility for personal continuing professional development.  

·        To take part, as appropriate, in the Trust professional development programme.  

·        To engage actively in the Performance Management Review process.  

·        To evaluate own personal performance through self-evaluation and learn from the effective practice of others and from evidence.  


·        To ensure that all students have a safe environment in which they can learn, reporting any concern about the environment to a member of the site team or if appropriate to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leaders.   

·        To be aware of systems which support safeguarding and following the procedures as highlighted in the Safeguarding Policy.   

·        To identify children who may benefit from early help as soon as possible and discuss this with one of the Designated Safeguarding Leaders.   

·        To consider at all times what is in the best interests of the child.  

·        To protect children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.  

·        To take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.  


General responsibilities of all Rugby Free Secondary School Staff:  

·        To support the Trust’s responsibility to provide and monitor opportunities for the personal and academic growth of students.  

·        Individuals have a responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people they are responsible for or come into contact with. Part of this responsibility involves the checking of visitor identification at the point of school entry and the issuing of relevant safeguarding information.  

·        To ensure all tasks are carried out with due regard to Health and Safety.  

·        To remain confidential at all times.  

·        To adhere to the ethos of the school.  

·        To promote the agreed vision and aims of the school.  

·        To set an example of personal integrity and professional conduct.   

To set 

Rugby Free Secondary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.  

If you feel that you could bring further impetus to our drive to improve the provision for our students and have the necessary energy, enthusiasm, and sense of humour to take us forward in this exciting curriculum area then please get in touch.  

To arrange a visit to school or for an informal discussion with the SENCo’s, please call  

Sarah Abel, PA to Headteacher, on 01788 222060 or email;   


We reserve the right to withdraw this vacancy at any time.  

Closing date for applications: Sunday 26th March 2023       

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow (LT2) is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. LT2 is always happy to receive speculative applications from excellent teachers and support staff.  

This job description is current at the date shown but in consultation with the post holder may be changed by the Headteacher to reflect or anticipate changes in the job commensurate with the grade and job title.  

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