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Lead Mentor - KCSP SCITT

Lead Mentor with Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership SCITT


Salary: TBA, commensurate with experience.


We are looking for an inspirational and talented individual to join the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership in the exciting, new role of ‘Lead Mentor’ across our five secondary schools. This is a unique position, and you will be able to shape and develop the role using your own expertise and talent.


As a Lead Mentor, you will be working with the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership SCITT Teach First training programme, to support trainees in a subject-specific area of the secondary curriculum.


The secondary subjects that we will be offering for QTS are: English, Geography, History Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish) Religious Education and Science.


You will also play a leading role in supporting and developing a group of mentors in their role with trainees. The mentor role will be to develop the trainees’ subject knowledge, and subject-specific pedagogy, to ensure that they achieve QTS and support their trainees to complete their PGCE.


You will be providing high-quality subject-specific development, supporting, and training a group of up to twenty-five trainees in the Lead School.


The role:

  • Provide support to trainees and mentors across the SCITT programme.
  • Support subject-specific school-based mentors across several schools.
  • Teach a series of subject-specific online and in-person sessions. NB the expectation is that you will have your own subject expertise and draw upon colleagues, where appropriate, for other subject areas.
  • Teach a series of core online and face to face sessions.
  • Support and develop mentors with observations and effective developmental feedback of trainees teaching. N.B. You will be using the model of instructional coaching to develop mentors.
  • Working with mentors to help their trainees develop high quality classroom practices in their QTS subject.
  • Attend Lead Mentor induction and training sessions across the course.
  • Work with mentors to ensure trainees meet the core requirements for QTS.
  • Identifying areas for development and supporting progress over time.
  • Ensuring trainees can be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.
  • Supporting trainee and mentor retention, wellbeing, and progress.
  • Establish excellent working relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Understand your Safeguarding obligations and the protection of children, and young people, by completing mandatory training and staying up to date with relevant policies.


About you:

Essential skills:

  • Qualified Teacher status is essential for the role.
  • Secondary Phase Knowledge: you are a secondary phase specialist and have at least two years’ experience of classroom teaching in this phase.
  • You have at least two years’ experience of developing teachers within your subject specialism, and experience of teaching your subject to at least GCSE level.
  • You are an expert in your own subject, and your knowledge of the pedagogy underpinning your subject specialism is exemplary.
  • Able to demonstrate Quality First teaching.
  • Experience of developing others through mentoring and coaching trainee teachers within an ITT route for at least two years e.g. PGCE, Schools Direct, Teach First.
  • You can demonstrate your knowledge of evidence-based teaching practices and evaluation of interventions in schools.
  • Able to demonstrate and articulate how all pupils, including SEND, make progress in learning.
  • Good knowledge of the Teachers' Standards and Core Content Framework.
  • You will be confident working in virtual and blended learning environments.



  • You have critically engaged with up-to-date subject-specific research and understand the importance of research informed classroom practice.
  • Experience of using technology to effectively coach and mentor others.
  • Experience of and understanding of instructional coaching.
  • Extensive experience of mentoring and coaching and developing others.
  • Experience and understanding of ITT.
  • Engaged with further studying, such as an MA.


You will have the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge as a Lead Mentor and will work with the Lead School and Teach First, as part of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership SCITT to do this.


The role is full time for 1-year fixed term contract, commencing on 1st September 2024.


A secondment will be considered for an internal candidate. 


Closing date for applications: midday on Monday 26 February 2024

Interviews to be held during the week commencing: 11 March 2024

Start date: September 2024


Please send your letter of application and related application documents directly to Sarah Flight, CPD Coordinator, c/o: 


If you have any questions or would like to discuss this role in confidence, please contact Deborah Wakelin, School Improvement Adviser: 


KCSP are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and require all staff, helpers, and governance committee members to share this commitment. Offers of employment are subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service check and a section 128 check.

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