Pearson Mentor: Reading Specialist FP in Cape Town, South Africa

Mentor: Reading Specialist FP


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe.We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

In order to increase our effectiveness in helping people improve their lives through learning, we are looking for Mentors: Reading Specialist (Foundation Phase) to support Foundation Phase teachers in order to improve their reading instruction, and thereby improve the learners’ reading levels.

Who should apply?

  • Literacy mentors need to be literacy/reading experts: the most ideal candidate is someone who has supported Foundation Phase teachers before in a similar role.

  • Literacy mentors need a valid teaching qualification themselves, preferably specialising in the Foundation Phase.

  • Mentors must be people who are passionate about improving education and who want to help schools in a hands-on way. Mentors must have good reporting and analytical skills and be solutions-driven.

  • Mentors must have excellent people skills

Key responsibilities:

  • Work in a team with the Project Manager and other mentors to determine priorities for support

  • Support 5 schools (one day per school)

  • Run school-based workshops for the Foundation Phase teachers on agreed literacy improvement strategies, using the provided training materials

  • Strengthen the impact of the workshops through in-classroom support (lesson observation and feedback to teachers)

  • Reporting on a regular basis on lesson observations using the agreed instruments

  • Experience

  • At least three years’ experience as an educator

  • Previous experience in supporting teachers

  • A relevant tertiary qualification.

  • Thorough knowledge of the South African education system and the Languages curriculum

  • Good liaison and interpersonal skills

  • A team player who enjoys working with others

  • Exceptional communication and time management skills

  • Competent, energetic and innovative

  • It will be an advantage if the mentor can speak isiXhosa, but it is not a requirement.

  • Mentors must be comfortable using technology.

  • The ability to effectively motivate and delegate to deliver a project on time and within budget

  • Flexible and quick to respond to changes in the external environment

  • Computer literate and with own PC/laptop

Pearson is committed to the principles of Employment Equity and in accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act and subsequent amendments thereto.


  • A degree

  • Teaching experience at primary level

Primary Location: ZA-ZA-Cape Town

Job: Publishing

Organization: Growth

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Nov 30, 2016