Educational Mentor

Aim of the Volunteer Role 

Main Tasks 

  • To offer 1-2-1 academic guidance and support to meet students’ needs in relation to the British education system (Key Stage 3, GCSE, A Level, BTec) 
  • To work with students aged from 11 to 19 from countries such as Syria, India, Romania, Nepal, Brazil, Afghanistan and Bulgaria with varying levels of English 
  • To provide academic support which can comprise homework, course work, subject choices and exam preparation across a range of subjects 
  • To provide further pastoral support including time management, career planning and understanding of British culture. 
  • To provide general support to improve students’ reading, writing and spoken English.  

Necessary Skills, Aptitudes and Knowledge  

We believe a good mentor needs: 

  • A warm personality and a good sense of humour 
  • A sensitivity to other cultures and an ability to communicate successfully across cultures 
  • General awareness of study skills and problem-solving approaches 
  • Reliability, patience and flexibility 
  • An ability to build a good rapport with young people aged 11-18 
  • A commitment to equality & diversity and the rights of all individuals to respect and fair treatment 
  • Willingness and ability to share skills and knowledge with a young person 
  • Confidence to establish and maintain appropriate boundaries 
  • High standard of English language (spoken, written and reading) 
  • Understanding of subjects at GCSE level 
  • A non-judgemental and supportive approach and belief in the potential of others. 

Commitment: 

Minimum commitment of 1 hour per week at about 3:15pm (term time only) over a minimum of 6 months/ 2 school terms. 

DBS: 

An enhanced DBS check to work with children will be required for this role. We will help volunteers with this application and pay the fee.  

Support and supervision: 

The volunteer will be managed by an appropriate member of Salusbury World staff and be given regular supervision.  

Induction and training: 

An initial induction to Salusbury World and the project will be provided, including an exploration of the context of refugees and boundaries. 

All educational mentors must undertake our Safeguarding training.  

Benefits to the Volunteer 

  • Travel expenses to and from the school and all genuine out-of-pocket expenses, are reimbursed. 
  • Full liability insurance cover. 
  • Appreciation events to recognise the important contribution that volunteers make 
  • Personal & professional development through training, support and ongoing evaluation 
  • Contribute to a project that really does make a difference to the lives of young people 

Inclusion Statement 

Salusbury World is an approachable and diverse organisation which values and respects peoples’ different backgrounds, characteristics, ideas and beliefs. 

Salusbury World believes that it is essential to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity. Salusbury World is committed to opposing discrimination and will not discriminate against any person because of their ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, responsibility for children or dependants, age, employment status, disability, HIV status, religious or political beliefs or because of unrelated criminal convictions. 

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