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Paid Internship opportunity with Kent Academies Network

Applications now open for The Kent Academies Network mentoring scheme


The Kent Academies Network are looking to recruit enthusiastic and inspirational undergraduate mentors to help guide their non-selective school students on their journey to apply for university.

The Programme

Led by Sevenoaks School and delivered with the support of the Accelerate and Access Foundation, the Kent Academies Network University Access Programme (KANUAP) is now entering its sixth year. 

Since its inception in 2013, KANUAP has aimed to encourage highly able students from local non-selective schools to apply to leading universities. The programme seeks to develop students’ aspirations, confidence, and academic skills, whilst providing the experiences and support required to secure top university places. The selection criteria gives preference to students eligible for pupil premium and/or first generation to university.

KANUAP comprises five academies and their educational sponsors, who nominate Year 9 students, with two or three selected per academy for the programme. Students stay on the programme throughout their remaining time at school. Currently there are over fifty participants.

Students attend two residential courses and two ‘Meet-Up’ days annually. These are hosted at Tonbridge School, Sevenoaks School, Fitzwilliam College and Queens College, Cambridge. Each participant is also assigned an undergraduate mentor currently attending a top UK university. The learning mentors play a central role in the delivery of the residential programmes, whilst acting as a source of academic support and guidance throughout the year via a secure online learning platform.  

The Role of the Intern

We are looking for enthusiastic and inspirational university undergraduates, for both programmes, to help guide our students on this exciting journey.

The role of the intern is as a learning mentor for a group of students on the KANUAP. You will be allocated two to four students to
mentor on the residential weeks and remotely throughout the year on a secure online platform. It is important to note that as a mentor you are paid for your participation during the residentials and ‘Meet-Up’ days (see details below) whilst also volunteering some of your time throughout the year to mentor the students online (the e-mentoring aspect is designed to be manageable and can be discussed further at interview stage). 

It is both an academic and a pastoral role – you will be expected to use your academic ability to help stretch and inspire these young students in the work they are doing, but also to use your own experience of school and university to help raise their aspirations and ambitions, and to see the relevance of an academic post 16 education. You will also have the opportunity to teach some classes to all the students on the programme and will be expected to show initiative and innovation in developing interesting activities for the students throughout the year. 

As part of their preparation for the residential schools our mentors undergo a day training programme which will be run by leading practitioners in their field. This training will be based in London – date TBC.

A two year, part-time commitment is the minimum requirement, with the option of extending your role for another two years if all relevant stakeholders are in agreement. This would amount to 2 week long residential courses each year (one in the Easter holidays and another in the Summer), which would involve a combination of academic lessons, afternoon activities, mentoring and evening seminars. Both residentials occur outside of university term time. Staffing would be a combination of professional teachers from the partner schools and our learning mentors.

The programme provides an opportunity for those thinking about teaching as a career to gain some classroom experience and network with experienced teachers from both the state and independent sectors, whilst at the same time helping bright but disadvantaged students. Similarly, anyone interested in a career in the third sector, in education or in working with children would greatly benefit from the experience.

Learning Mentor- Job Description

• Supporting/guiding the students through the opportunities available to them
• Introducing students to independent research/study skills- e.g. structure, argument and counter argument, critical analysis
• Delivering lessons
• Promote good academic performance
• Monitoring student’s engagement in lessons and seeing where their interests lie

• Supervise students outside of lessons
• Promote welfare and safety
• Create a friendly and welcoming environment to ensure enjoyment
• Promote group cohesion
• Point of contact for any/all problems
• Provide evening activities
• Act as role models
• Ensure the students are having a good time

• Setting targets
• Setting project work for between summer and Easter residentials
• E-mentoring
• Ensuring that the students continually engage with the scheme
• Act as a point of contact outside of school
• Encourage the students to engage with current affairs and specific areas of interest- e.g. science and technology


1. Board and lodging for free.

2. A salary of £75 per day during residentials and a day rate of £40 for any Meet Up days. 

3. Travel expenses paid.

4. Training provided.

5. Opportunity to try teaching whilst being supported by experienced professionals.

6. Opportunity to discuss career prospects/ routes with teachers from the maintained and independent sectors.

7. Chance to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged students

Application Process

There are potential openings available to start on the 7th July, at our Summer Residential.

A letter of application along with a CV (including 2 referees) should be sent to:

Deadline for applications is 5pm Thursday 23rd May 2019.

Sevenoaks School and The Accelerate and Access Foundation are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service




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