Learning mentors help students and pupils deal with any difficulties they have with their learning.
Salary range: £14,500 to £23,000
How to become a learning mentor
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could take a college course to help you get started in this career. Courses include:
- Level 2 Award in Mentoring
- Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
- Level 3 Award in Information and Advice for Supporting Learner Progression
- T level in Education
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level
You can do an advanced apprenticeship in supporting teaching and learning in schools.
You’ll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
Volunteering and experience
You can volunteer to mentor children or young people.
You can apply directly to get into this type of work. You’ll normally need:
- a good standard of general education, especially in literacy and numeracy
- experience of working with children or young people, either through paid work or volunteering
Experience of other types of mentoring outside of education may also be helpful. Examples are peer-to-peer mentoring on anti-bullying projects, supporting people with disabilities or helping young people with health-related issues.
You can find out more about working in learning support from FE Advice.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
- knowledge of psychology
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- sensitivity and understanding
- customer service skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- knowledge of English language
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- developing one-to-one mentoring relationships with pupils
- visiting parents at home to give them advice about dealing with issues and concerns
- developing action plans for students and monitoring their progress
- working closely with teachers and other professionals, like social workers, educational psychologists and education welfare officers
You could work at a client’s home, at a school or at a college.
Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.
Career path and progression
You could specialise in working with particular groups, like excluded students.
You could also move into more senior mentoring roles, with supervisory or co-ordinating duties.
With further training, you might work in student advice and guidance, teaching, speech and language therapy, educational welfare or social work.