Student Achievement Mentor (Careers Coordinator)

Student Achievement Mentor (Careers Coordinator)

Accountable to: Director of Student Care & Guidance

 Salary: Band E £21,402 – £23,382

 Hours: Full Time

 Location: Lowestoft Sixth Form College


Lowestoft Sixth Form College’s mission is ‘to enable our students to excel and progress beyond expectation in an outstanding learning environment in the heart of Lowestoft.’


Job purpose:

Motivate, inspire, support and encourage our students to achieve the best they can. Contribute to a culture of high expectations and excellent teaching through robust tracking, support and meaningful intervention.

Provide effective mentoring and enrichment opportunities:

  • to engage and support our students to become independent learners and complete to their courses successfully, achieving their best possible outcomes
  • to progress beyond college into appropriate employment, apprenticeships training or higher education
  • to develop the resilience, skills and qualities to be happy and successful within College and in their future adult life


Key Accountabilities

To deliver and develop an effective induction programme to ensure all students understand College expectations and know how and where support can be accessed

To undertake regular individual reviews with students (as a minimum at each eILP collection point) to assist students in evaluating their progress and development and in identifying and monitoring personal action plans

To develop strategies that raise student achievement, particularly for students working below their target grades, through academic mentoring

To ensure student individualised targets set are robust, with measurable outcomes aimed at improving academic performance and progress, and are recorded on ePastoral

To develop and deliver appropriate intervention strategies, working with Directors, curriculum colleagues and the Additional Learning Support team, to ensure that students make rapid and sustained progress

To monitor and report on the impact of interventions on student progress and achievement, recording key data on ePastoral

To use weekly/daily dashboard attendance data to identify specific learners and groups of learners for interventions and support and report to Directors regarding concerns about an individual or groups’ attendance levels

To communicate effectively with parents/carers in order to establish a positive working relationship with the College and effective understanding in support of students experiencing difficulties or not meeting College expectations

To implement the disciplinary process as necessary and to monitor the progress of students against agreed targets and College expectations

To plan and deliver highly effective student tutorial sessions weekly that will help develop students’ study skills and provide an opportunity for personal and social development

To raise aspirations across College and support students to develop aspirational post-College plans. This includes supporting students to apply to University (UCAS and academic references) and providing high quality advice and guidance around course choices To take part in enrolment, induction and progression/school liaison events as appropriate, as well as carrying out the induction of late starters

To be a first line of response to students experiencing significant and immediate distress or parents presenting with significant and immediate concerns and to refer these appropriately to support services within College, including referrals for any safeguarding situation

To use ePastoral to keep accurate records of meetings and interventions

To deliver bespoke/enhanced academic mentoring to students with an EHCP or as a Child in Care, providing relevant reports as required by annual reviews and PEPs

To support the safeguarding and welfare of College learners in line with our policies and practices


Careers Coordinator

The Careers Coordinator will:

Maintain and develop a careers resource base and a vacancy information service, including developing links with local employers, researching and promoting job and voluntary vacancies to students

Participate in the development of procedures for supporting students and keep up to date on issues relating to careers education and guidance

Liaise with support, teaching and administrative teams across the College and with external agencies in relation to careers guidance and employability enrichment activities. Liaise effectively with curriculum areas in order to respond to faculty and subject needs, maintain uptake and seek feedback. Develop and maintain links with IAG partnerships, and other agencies

Organise internal and external employability events for students including arranging the annual progression event, as well as promoting and marketing employability focused events to both students and tutors

Attend relevant meetings as and when required and work closely with other members of the Student Mentoring team

Organise, maintain accurate records, and report on all work experience placements (including work shadowing and work visits), employer links, careers events and IAG provided to students, including records of any referrals and action plans developed

Support in maintaining accurate records of progression pathways for students post-college

Provide a comprehensive careers IAG service to all full time students, referring appropriately to other guidance agencies as required

Maintain and develop a range of resources for the Careers aspects of tutorial delivery, for students in college and prospective students, including such activities as conferences, speakers and visits

Provide information and updates to curriculum and pastoral staff with regard to changes/developments in careers information, other agencies provision and respond to information requests

Maintain and update careers resources such as the Careers library, student noticeboards and online Moodle

Support the development, implementation and reporting of the Gatsby’s Benchmarks across the College


General responsibilities

To share the College’s Mission and Values

To pro-actively engage with the professional review process and participate in professional development activities as required

To adhere to all College policies and procedures, including Data Protection, Health and Safety and Safeguarding

To share the responsibility of all colleagues for student discipline through collective oversight of the college during the day

To promote equality and diversity in line with the College Equality and Diversity Policy

To maintain a professional code of conduct at all times when on College business – on or off site

To carry out other duties deemed to be reasonable by the Principal

This is a vital position in the College’s provision of high quality care and support. It is envisaged that the Student Achievement Mentor will have the opportunity to play a significant role in the continuing development of student support systems. The college is committed to the provision of staff professional development to support successful applicants.

This job description is non-contractual. As the needs of the College change the Principal may require reasonable variations consistent with the job title. This job description may also be supplemented by individual objectives derived from evolving college strategies.