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EMS Mentors for MESME Maths Circles

2.5 hours a week for 20 weeks a year, plus 2 days of training/delivery

£8.91 per hour

MESME is Mathematics Education for Social Mobility and Excellence and exists to support students from all backgrounds to achieve mathematical excellence, so that they go on to have a greater and richer range of future personal, employment and economic choices. 

MESME is piloting Maths Circles across the country and is working in partnership with EMS in the South West region.  We are seeking to appoint mentors to work with KS3 students, in groups of 6, to complete the MESME curriculum in a series of weekly Maths Circles. 

If you enjoy maths problem solving and are keen to develop this in others, this could be the perfect opportunity for you.  You will be supported by a team of EMS teachers who will provide training, resources, feedback and encouragement whilst you develop your mentoring skills. 

Each week, mentors will work with their Maths Circle for one hour online.  The mentor’s role is to encourage participants to think and express themselves mathematically – not giving solutions to problems but gentle probing to elicit ideas from the students. 

 Mentors will need to commit to weekly sessions for 20 weeks from January.  Each week you will attend a one-hour mentoring session followed by one hour of reflection and training – these will take place on Thursday evenings between 5pm and 7pm .  They will be expected to spend an additional 30 minutes each week preparing for the following Maths Circle.  In addition, mentors will take part in one day of training prior to starting and will attend a further day of activities with students.  

 This is an opportunity to make a positive difference to students in the South West: at least 30% of participants will be from disadvantaged backgrounds and we’ve had encouraging feedback from our pilot programme this year: 

 I think they are very good and help us to think in a different way to which I would usually approach certain questions. 

 They are a really positive part of my day and inspire me to think logical and outside of the box. 

 I feel like it expands my imagination and thinking in maths classes to think of other options. 

 I have enjoyed the maths sessions, especially as the questions are sometimes more challenging then at school and there is only a small group. 

 It boosts my motivation. 

 It is fun and it encourages me to want to do more maths and gets me to do harder maths questions. 

 I like maths circle sessions because it feels nice to be in a higher group, and even though I find it hard sometimes I am determined to carry on going. 

 They really tax my brain and I think it’s fun that you have to explain with reasoning as well as get the answer. 

 They make me think in a different kind of more logical approach to thinking and I think will definitely help me in the future. Because in school it’s a kind of robotic like you do this in this way and it works but here we get to trial and error and make our own chooses and go with our hunches etc 

 It’s good how we have to justify our answers which makes you think about them whereas at school that doesn’t really happen. The Maths Circle sessions suit me more than normal school. 

 These lessons compared to my school lessons are much harder but helps me to get better as I can already see that I have improved since I went to the maths circle sessions. 

 If you’re interested in getting involved, please read the person specification and job description before completing the application form and personal details form on this page.  If you’d like to discuss this role or find out more before applying, please contact us by emailing

Application deadline: 12pm Monday 1st November

Interviews will take place online on Monday 8th November

Maths Circle Mentor Person Specification

Maths Circle Mentor Job Description

PA to Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team Coordinator

25 hours per week

£25 096 to £27 279 pro rata

Exeter Maths School is an Ofsted Outstanding, state funded, 6th form, jointly sponsored by the University of Exeter and Exeter College. The school is open to students from across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.  We also work extensively with students and teachers from other schools, inspiring enthusiasts for maths, physics and computing across the region. 

We are seeking to appoint an exceptional administrator to provide personal assistance to the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.  This is an interesting and varied role, providing the post-holder with insights to all the core functions of the school.  This is an opportunity to make a significant positive difference to senior leaders, building capacity and enabling them to make better decisions for students and staff at the school. 

The successful candidate will be proactive and insightful, able to anticipate needs before they arise.  They will have excellent IT skills and be able to demonstrate their ability to quickly adapt to new systems.  They will be highly organised, able to juggle multiple tasks successfully and will have excellent literacy skills.  Clear communication and a positive can-do attitude will also be vital in this role. 

Our team of staff are friendly and welcoming and if selected, you’ll be supported with a thorough induction process.  Additional benefits include some flexibility in working hours and the opportunity to join the local government pension scheme.  This is a new role which will provide you with the opportunity to put your stamp onto it and see the impact of the changes you bring.    

EMS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all members of staff to share this commitment.   All appointments are subject to satisfactory DBS checks, together with the receipt of references. 

Further information about the school can be found on this website.  To apply, please read the Person Specification and Job Description, linked below, and complete the application form and personal details form which are at the top of this webpage. 

If you would like the opportunity to discuss this post, please get in touch by either calling 01392 429020 and asking to speak to Kerry or emailing . The school will be closed from the 25th to the 29th October and no one will be available to take your call during that week.

Application deadline: 12pm on Monday 15th November   

Interviews will take place on Monday 22nd November 

PA to Headteacher and SLT coordinator Job Description

PA to Headteacher and SLT coordinator Person Specification

Coming Soon

All our current vacancies are advertised in the above section.  We have no further vacancies planned for the near future.

Additional Information for Applicants

The following quotes are taken from our most recent staff survey in March 2021.

“I feel like there is a very good combination of teacher autonomy and support amongst staff. I have the freedom to try new things in lessons but still feel part of a team.”

“EMS is such a lovely place to work – everyone is incredibly friendly, helpful and passionate about what they do.”

“Incredibly grateful for the camaraderie over the difficult past year in particular. Everyone is focused on looking out for our students (not only their education) but not at the expense of looking after each other/ourselves.”

“I always feel respected for who I am and feel safe to voice worries without being scared I will be seen in a negative light for not being perfect.”

“I feel very well supported by the leadership at EMS and feel that the response to COVID changes have been very positive and supportive.”

“EMS really is a great place to work! We have lovely students, an incredibly supportive staff team and a leadership team who don’t just care about wellbeing as a buzzword but as a genuine priority.”

“I am 100% in love with EMS still, and believe it is all that a school should be.”

“I think I have become a better human being whilst working here due to the staff. Thank you.”

“Great place to work and really happy here. Everyone is so easy to get along with, supportive and friendly.”

As a 6th form our contracts are not typical school contracts.  As such you have an entitlement to 40 days (8 weeks) of holiday each year plus bank holidays, all of which are taken outside of term time.  In addition, we have a shut down period at Christmas which is not taken from your holiday allowance.

When you work Saturdays, you receive an additional day of holiday in lieu of the time you are in school.  For a full-time teacher this tends to be 5 days / 1 week (pro rata for part time).

Our term times are similar to Exeter College: we normally break up for school holidays about 5 to 10 days into July and return to school on A-level results day (mid-August).

In the summer, teachers will always have at least 3 consecutive weeks of leave, but there are often more weeks available.  At Easter, all teachers will have at least 1 week of leave and may be required to work for two or three days for outreach activities.  We have also, for example held admissions interviews in February half term, requiring teachers to attend for up to two days.

We don’t tend to ask teachers to attend site during non-term time unless there is a specific reason such as training, outreach, or admissions events.  These are planned at the start of the academic year, enabling teachers to plan their holiday time with certainty.

The table below is indicative of the how holidays may be taken by a full-time teacher who has worked for five Saturdays.   The total number of discretionary days leave may vary, for example, depending on when bank holidays fall over the Christmas period.

The non-teaching roles vary greatly, some staff have term-time only contracts whilst others are employed for the full year.  Some work “normal” office hours and others overnight.  The information in this section is based on a full time member of staff who works for the full year,  the principles are consistent with other roles but precise details will vary.

Full time is 37 hours a week.

The main school building is open between 0800 and 1800 on most week days and typically working hours fall between 0830 and 1800.  Notable exceptions are boarding staff who work evenings and overnight and outreach staff who sometimes need to work on Saturdays to support events.

Annual leave is for 25 days a year plus bank holidays.  In addition, the school has a shutdown period over Christmas.  The length of this may vary each year but it is typically for two weeks.  All staff are on leave during the shutdown period but this is not taken from their annual leave, in effect adding to their overall holiday allowance.   The real beauty of this is that with every member of staff on holiday,  you wont return in the New Year to an enormous string of emails and messages!

Non-teaching staff are expected to take their annual leave when students are on school holidays.  In exceptional circumstances exceptions will be made but taking leave during the term time is not the norm.

Employee Assist Programme (EAP)

All EMS employees have access to a range of resources and support through the Health Assured  EAP.  The programme includes:

  • Free 24/7 counselling, legal and information line
  • Critical incident advice & telephone support
  • Online health portal & access to the My healthy Advantage app

Exeter College Facilities

Our staff and students have access to the facilities at Exeter College including HR support and Gym membership (for a small fee).

Light Refreshments

It’s a small gesture of our appreciation for your work that we provide tea, coffee and milk for staff and no charge.  We hope it makes your day a little easier.


Teachers are entitled to join the Teachers’ Pension Scheme: Teachers’ Pensions

Non-teaching staff are entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme: LGPS member site

Small Team with Big Support

The staff team is truly fantastic, welcoming, helpful and kind.  It’s one of the very best things about working here (the students being the other).  It’s not possible to overstate just how supportive they are – if you’re having a tough day someone will pick you up, if you’ve had a brilliant success, your colleagues will celebrate with you.

Voucher Schemes

We support staff with a variety of voucher schemes including childcare (for those who remain eligible) and cycle-to-work schemes.  If employees become aware of a scheme which will help them, we will offer it if we are able to.

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