The Mentoring Lab is a youth mentoring service and alliance of professional youth practitioners, with experience in teaching, mentoring to support learning and career progression. Alongside offering mentoring services to local authorities, schools, charities and community organisations, we also work with young people to prevent underachievement in their learning and careers.

With regular supervision and career development opportunities you will join a community of tutors, mentors and youth practitioners who are committed to delivering high-quality additional support to young people.

What we are looking for?

We would like to hear from you if you have prior experience in teaching young people. Whether you are an expert in your field or at the early stages of your career. You must be able to engage with young people from all backgrounds and abilities, with evidence of putting young people at the centre and safeguarding at the forefront of your professional relationships.

We are looking for tutors who ‘get’ young people, pride themselves in delivering high-quality lessons, and are committed to best practices, statutory policies and procedures.

This is initially a 3-month fixed term contract within a small start-up youth organisation based in Hackney, East London.

About the Role

On a one to one or group basis, you will teach online, young people aged between 8-16 years old who may have learning difficulties such as dyslexia, autism, physical disabilities, sensory impairments (i.e. hearing or visual), speech and language difficulties, social, emotional and mental health needs, or have a combination of these difficulties.

You will;

  • Plan individual learning to meet learner needs
  • Plan lessons, ensuring the differentiation of creative learning resources
  • Deliver individualised learning, focusing on English and Maths
  • Set achievable targets whilst maintaining high expectations
  • Promote confidence, self-esteem and independent study skills
  • Liaise with parents and linked expert youth mentors
  • Contribute to an individual learning action plan
  • Include young person in any decision making processes, through learner reflective learning, regular progress reviews, questionnaires and feedback.
  • Mark work and provide written and verbal feedback to young people and parents

General Responsibilities

  • To undertake duties proactively and work in accordance with policies, aims and objectives
  • To maintain confidentiality and to conduct yourself in a professional manner
  • To demonstrate a willingness to undertake training
  • To engage with staff, young people and parents in a positive and constructive manner
  • To attend staff meetings and training (may be held outside of your normal office hours).
  • To act in accordance with Safeguarding, Equal Opportunities, GDPR and Privacy, Health and Safety Policy.

You must have;

– An understanding of and commitment to equal opportunity, safeguarding and quality assurance

– An ability to communicate with and non-judgment of all cultures, races, religions, abilities, sexual orientations and socio-economic backgrounds.

– An integral, proactive approach to SMART targets and the ability to follow-through on actions.

-An approachable, proactive personality that is able to discuss real-life issues whilst inspiring progression.

– The ability to commit to preparing for your mentoring sessions and completing the full length of the mentoring relationships.

– A commitment to continued professional development and networking

Person Specification

  • Demonstrable knowledge of and interest in the equality of young people with additional needs
  • Ability to work strategically
  • Ability to work in a disciplined manner.
  • Non-judgmental towards people from diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent organisation, planning and problem-solving skills
  • A self-motivator with the ability to generate ideas
  • Ability to think quickly and to command the respect
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with strong verbal/ writing
  • Proven ability to work flexibly
  • Strong ability to prioritise and be flexible with workloads

Job Details

This role is a part-time working online, 8 – 10 hours a week. We are looking for someone who is an expert in their own right and wanting to get back into the teaching and or youth sector, whilst learning how to engage with people from disadvantaged backgrounds. You must be willing to do a DBS check.

To apply

Please send your cv and cover letter outlining how you give young people with special educational needs and disabilities a voice in their learning and future career plans. Applications without a cover letter outlining how you give young people with special educational needs and disabilities a voice in their learning and future career plans, will not be considered.

Application Deadline: Monday 7th September 2020

Interview Date: Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th September 2020

Start Date: Monday 14th September 2020

Contract length: 3 months

Part-time hours: 10 per week

Application deadline: 08/09/2020

Expected start date: 21/09/2020

Job Types: Part-time, Contract

Salary: £10.75 per hour


  • Work from home


  • teaching: 2 years (Required)
  • working with youth: 2 years (Required)


  • A-Level or equivalent (Required)


  • English (Required)

Work remotely:

  • Yes
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