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Academic Mentors

09 Mar 2021   |   Greenacre School, Joseph Norton Academy, Springwell Learning Community   |   Scale 4, £16,031 - £17,352 (FTE salary £20,092 - £21,748)


Duration of Post Fixed term post until July 2022
Hours 33 hours per week
Work Commitment Term Time only (41 weeks)
Salary Scale 4, £16,031 – £17,352 (FTE salary £20,092 – £21,748)
Closing Date Monday 12th April 2021, 8am
Applications Completed applications should be e-mailed to Sarah Elliot at


Exciting opportunities are available for people looking for a career in education or in a fresh challenge in an inspiring learning environment at Springwell Learning Community, where we provide children and young people with ‘second chance’ learning. It couldn’t be a more exciting time to join the Barnsley and Kirklees Special Provision Partnership. We’re a new, bold partnership, formed through the collaboration of Springwell Learning Community, Greenacre School and Joseph Norton Academy. Through our collaboration we are able to provide unique opportunities for our children, our staff and the communities we serve.

Our schools require a total of eight Academic Mentors across the four schools to provide an educational ‘catch up’ provision using the government funded Covid catch up fund. Post holders will be directed to deliver interventions by the relevant Assistant Principal and there will be regular reviews of progress for those students involved. To allow for lessons to also be delivered after school the working hours will slightly differ from that of the main school. Monday to Thursday hours will be 10am – 5pm and on Friday 9am – 4.00pm. There may be some flexibility around these times dependent on the needs of the school. The posts are for 41 weeks across the year to allow for a two-week academic ‘catch up’ summer school.

Details of the exact duties for our provisions are outlined in the job description as there are some differences between schools. However, the role is to provide targeted 1 to 1 and small group educational provision to support identified students to enable them to catch up on lost learning as a result of the pandemic.

  • Depending on which Academy, successful candidates will be responsible for:
  • Supporting KS4 pupils to recoup their lost learning in English and maths
  • Facilitating highly structured small group tuition sessions for identified pupils in KS4 to re-enforce essential language skills
  • Facilitating a structured corrective maths programme to teach pupils in KS4 essential numeracy and address fundamental gaps in their knowledge
  • Implementing an evidence-based intervention programme to support pupils in year 7 whose literacy and numeracy is below expected levels
  • Using academic data to offer targeted one to one small group literacy and numeracy interventions for pupils in year 6
  • Inviting identified pupils to attend a two-week summer school to ensure that pupils are fully equipped for the new school year and that gaps in learning have been closed
  • Providing targeted academic support to pupils who most struggled to access remote learning during the pandemic
  • Using academic data to offer targeted one to one or small group support for pupils in specific year groups or programmes
  • Utilising Personalised Learning Maps (PLMs) to address areas of lost learning or developmental regression with individual pupils
  • Addressing gaps in learning by supporting implementation of pupils’ individual plans including Speech and Language, HI and VI programmes

Post holders require:

  • At least level 2 qualifications in English and Maths
  • Experience of working in an educational setting
  • The ability to build positive relationships and have unconditional positive regard for children and young people
  • Understanding and experience of strategies to support children and young people with SEMH and SEND desirable
  • Ability to personalise and deliver learning
  • Driving licence desirable for possible traveling between sites.

Wellspring Academy Trust

At Wellspring Academy Trust we believe that every school is unique, because it has a unique history, it serves a unique community context and is full of unique individuals. We value and celebrate the unique identities of our academies. We encourage them to innovate, create and develop their uniqueness because we want others to learn from them. Excellence is about diversity, not conformity. We do not believe that one size fits all.

If you would like to discuss or find out more about this post, please contact Steve Tighe, Executive Vice-Principal, via email

Completed applications should be e-mailed to Sarah Elliot at

Your letter of application should outline why you feel your experience makes you a strong applicant for this exciting opportunity. It would be helpful if you expressed your preferences as to which school or schools you would wish to be employed.

The closing date for this post is: Monday 12th April 2021 8.00am.

We expect that interviews will take place later that week.

Springwell Learning Community and all of our schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced disclosure and barring services check.


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