The Professional Role

Learning Mentors provide support and guidance to children and young people who are experiencing difficulties in learning due to social, emotional or behavioural problems or other issues. 

Learning Mentors help pupils overcome behavioural, social or emotional problems that are affecting their learning.

The Learning Journey

The length of the course is typically 12-15 months, plus the End Point Assessment.

On Programme Learning

The Level 3 Learning Mentor Apprenticeship provides you with the skills, knowledge and behaviours to become a competent practitioner. This course is delivered in parallel with the Level 4 School Learning Mentor Accreditation to endorse your practice in schools. 

This course is delivered through a blended learning approach, with formal learning days arranged once a month. You will still need to dedicate 20% of your time to learning each week and this will be in the workplace, working on assignments and case studies to build your portfolio of evidence to demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills and behaviours (see table).

Knowledge Skills Behaviours
  • Provide accurate and relevant advice and guidance
  • Effective questioning, active listening and assertiveness
  • Learning programme requirements
  • Roles of assessors, coaches or teachers
  • Information sharing
  • Identify and refer issues
  • Review progress and achievement
  • Ability to build effective relationships with children and young people
  • Advise, guide and supervise learners
  • Communicate and collaborate
  • Work with colleagues to plan and implement
  • Meaningful learning
  • Facilitate assessment
  • Appropriate information sharing
  • Evidencing progress
  • Maintain records
  • Promote an ethos of motivation, aspiration and a passion for learning
  • Operate to ethical and legal standards and within professional boundaries
  • Value equality and diversity and work with others to improve equality of opportunity and inclusion
  • Be resilient and adaptable when dealing with challenge and change

You could progress further within your vocation specialism and/or into roles involving the assessment and coaching of learners. You may also be eligible to progress onto a full teaching role within an education and training provider organisation.

Level 4 Accreditation 

Following the successful completion of the apprenticeship you will have the opportunity to complete the level 4 accredited by the University of Greenwich for 60 credits.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the above, you will need to achieve a level 2 Functional Skills qualification in ICT, English and maths if you do not already hold these at GCSE or equivalent. 

Plus you will need to attain a level 1 certificate in Safeguarding.

End Point Assessment

Once you have met all the criteria to pass Gateway, the EPA will consist of:

  • Learning Mentor observations
  • A professional discussion