Learning Mentor

Job Title: Learning Mentor
Salary: £18,500 per annum
Location: Waterloo Lodge School
Hours: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm


If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We’re looking for a Learning Mentor to join Waterloo Lodge School team. Someone with relevant experience would be perfect for this role.


About the School

Waterloo Lodge is an independent specialist day school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 16, catering for children with a wide range of needs in Lancashire, Manchester and surrounding areas. Our dedicated team work together to ensure successful outcomes for pupils who often arrive at the school with a troubled view of education and life.

We pride ourselves in steering children in the right direction, nurturing aspiration to progress them academically and socially, to encourage them to take pride in their achievements. Socially, we build confidence in our students so they are able to have a greater understanding of the wider community in which they live.


About the Group

We are part of Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

We provide Education and Care across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEN provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children and young people across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our homes are rated as Outstanding or Good.

We welcome staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.


About the Role

This role is to provide appropriate guidance and intervention for all pupils as part of the Learning Mentor Team and to safeguard all pupils at all times.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a Learning Mentor who likes a challenge as we see pupils that for the most, are reluctant and troubled learners or have been out of education for a little while.

No two days are the same at Waterloo Lodge, so we want someone who can work at pace to turn ‘can’t do’ into ‘want to’ and is motivated by working with children with complex needs. You will be motivated by your belief that every child can achieve and reach their potential.  The ideal candidate will enjoy working with children in a calm and engaging demeanour.

Whilst previous experience of working in a SEN environment would be desirable, excellent communication, interpersonal skills, the right kind of motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are just as important.


Essential Criteria

  • Level 2 Qualification in English, Maths and IT or Functional Skills equivalents (or a willingness to work towards)
  • Ability to manage challenging behaviour positively and appropriately
  • Ability to develop positive and productive relationships with school staff teams, parents/carers and external agencies
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • An ability to inspire and enthuse children
  • Emotional resilience and physical stamina
  • A team player
  • Able to lead and show initiative
  • Ability to keep accurate records
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding procedures
  • Driving licence


Why work for us

  • Social activities
  • "Your Wellbeing Matters"
  • Employee Rewards Hub
  • Free School meals on site
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Continuous professional development and training for a clear career path


Applications are invited online though the Outcomes First Group website www.outcomesfirstgroup.co.uk. If you have any further questions regarding how to apply please contact Waterloo Lodge School, admin@waterloolodge.co.uk

Outcomes First Group are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best outcome possible for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for.