Appropriate subject skills and experience
- A mentor must feel confident in dealing with children.
- Mentors must be not only competent in the subjects and at the level they are supporting, but must also be capable of explaining work at that level.
- Mentors’ own English and maths should normally be secure to GCSE standard.
- Mentors must like the age group with which they are to work – and children in general!
- Children often communicate most through their body language and what they DON’T say. Mentors need to watch for these signs and understand the children’s perspective when working.
Able to multi-task
- Administrative tasks are scheduled for completion within a workshop so the ability to multi-task is vital.
General personality, appearance and attitude
- A mentor must arrive not only before the students but, in addition, should expect to be in the centre at least 10 minutes before the workshop starts and to be packing up for an additional 5 minutes at the end.
- A close attention to detail is vital.
- Children must feel they are known and understood. A good memory for a child’s particular skills helps mentors to work more effectively in overall development.
- Working with children is always unpredictable. Mentors must be willing and able to adapt to unusual situations.
- Mentors will be provided with a polo shirt. They should wear this to all sessions and must maintain a well-presented appearance at all times.
- Mentors must be able to communicate their feedback and ideas in a concise and effective manner to the Principal.
- A mentor will, inevitably, become very interested in a student’s progress. They need to work as part of the overall team to ensure a consistent approach with each individual child, led by the Principal.
Reputation and Police checks
- All mentors must have a suitable background to be given responsibility for children’s development and education.
- They must pass an enhanced DBS check.
Hours and terms of employment
- The contract that is currently available is with MagiKats Farnham.
- All mentors are initially offered a 12 week training contract.
- The post currently available offers a training wage rate of £7-12 per hour gross, depending on experience.
- On successful completion of training, this rate rises to £9-14 per hour gross, depending on experience.
- Payment is made for any additional meetings etc. required and first refusal of extra work always goes to current staff.
- Holidays may be taken at any time, subject to 28 days’ notice. Holiday pay is built in to each wage payment, on a pro-rata basis, so there is no specific holiday allowance and no other holiday pay. Mentors are not expected to take more than 6 weeks holiday each year in addition to Christmas and Easter closures.
- Holiday may not normally be taken in September.
- No expenses payments are made.
- Hours currently available are in Farnham are on Wednesdays. Workshop hours are Wednesday 3.50-5.50 and possibly Saturday 9.30-10.50. In addition 15 minutes shoulder time is paid for each session.
- The person appointed should intend to stay in post for at least a year.
- We work all year round except for two weeks at Christmas and one at Easter.
- One month’s notice period, in either direction, applies to the end of the employment.