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Pearson Student Success Coach, Harrow School Online in United Kingdom


We are seeking an outstanding Success Coach to support pupils online to achieve their very highest potential in their sixth form education and develop the skills and mindset required for success at School and beyond.

We are looking for experienced educators with a passion for pastoral care, and expertise in supporting pupils applying and preparing for university and their career beyond. Experience in working with academically ambitious pupils considering applications to US and international universities is particularly welcome.

The role will be part-time with the possibility of full time, depending on the candidate’s availability and school needs.


Harrow School Online is a new kind of school offering a fully online A level education, allowing pupils across the globe to enjoy the benefits of virtual learning and an international school community without leaving their homes. Our School is founded on the educational philosophy, practices, and traditions of Harrow School, and delivered by Pearson through a bespoke online platform. We are seeking an outstanding Success Coach whose passion is to enable pupil’s highest potential through pastoral care and advising on career choices.


You will be working with academically ambitious students situated in the UK and across the world studying towards Pearson Edexcel International AS and A level qualifications and preparing for university and a life of learning, leadership, service and personal fulfilment.

Success Coaches work with pupils and their parents or mentors to support pupils as they progress through their education. They provide pupils with guidance in becoming effective independent learners and assist them as they make university application and career plans, and take the steps needed to work towards these plans. They are the first point of contact for parents or mentors to liaise with Harrow School Online and address any pupil concerns in pastoral or non-academic issues.


You will be joining the Pastoral Team, and work with another success coach and a SEND coordinator. Line management for the position is to the Harrow School Online Principal.

You will be a Pearson employee, but will have additional oversight and support from Harrow School, in particular from the Learning Support department.

Full training is given on our virtual learning environment and virtual classroom software.


You will be an empathetic and pupil-centred professional who is able to advise, motivate and support pupils through regular individual coaching sessions and weekly online lessons. We are looking for educators who have previous experience advising pupils on their careers, supporting high achieving pupils with their university choices and applications and future career plans. The successful candidate will have the ability and drive to develop the highest standards of support for pupils and a willingness to be involved in all aspects of the school.

All members of staff are expected to conduct themselves in line with the school’s values: Courage, Honour, Humility and Fellowship.


The successful applicant will:

  • provide advice and support to pupils and their parents or mentor on matters related to the pupil’s learning and progress at Harrow School Online, their university application and their career plans;

  • lead on advice to pupils who are applying to universities outside the UK, including US universities;

  • meet with pupils at least fortnightly to provide individualised coaching;

  • deliver live lessons on a Learning and Leading programme which covers the skills, strategies and mindset required for pupils to be successful at Harrow School Online and in their life beyond the School;

  • advise and assist pupils in their applications to leading universities, becoming an expert on course selection and entrance requirements and offering support to pupils with their applications and personal statements;

  • liaise with teachers and tutors and coordinate support for pupils who are in need of additional assistance in order to achieve to the best of their potential;

  • liaise with a SENDCo over the support and accommodations afforded to Harrow School Online pupils with special educational needs and differences;

  • supervise a range of extra-curricular activities, encourage pupil participation in the extra-curricular programme and monitor pupil progress in the House Award programme;

  • help to shape and extend the pastoral and learning support offered to pupils at Harrow School Online; and

  • be proactively involved in other key areas of the school’s development, particularly at this early stage of the initiative.


  • Ability and experience in coaching and supporting individual pupils and in teaching classes or small groups of pupils in a sixth form setting.

  • Experience in assisting students with preparation for making successful applications to top-tier universities, in particular universities in the US and international universities.

  • Understanding of the skills, strategies and mindset required for success at School and beyond.

  • Strong inter-personal and communication skills.

  • A creative, inquisitive mind.

  • Excellent organisation and administration skills.

  • Impressive academic qualifications, including a good degree.

  • Resonance with Harrow School Online’s ethos.

  • The desire to continuously develop their teaching practice formally and informally.

  • Willingness to learn about, and become advocates of, online learning technologies.


  • Flexibility and a ‘can do’ attitude.

  • Stamina and resilience.

  • Excellent organisation.

  • Integrity.

Previous experience supporting pupils online is welcomed but is not a pre-requisite for the role.


Our school term dates are based on those of Harrow School, with a September to June academic year. You are additionally required to be available for around five days in August for induction training.

Our pupils are distributed over a range of time zones and to accommodate those based in Asia some lessons may be timetabled early in the mornings UK time. Our current timetable begins at 0800 but there is a possibility that earlier lessons may be required, possibly from 0600, with an early finish on days when you have an early start. There is flexibility to schedule some of your workload at hours that best suit you.

You are welcome to work full-time from home, or Covid-19 measures dependent, in the Pearson office in central London. Occasionally you will need to attend meetings or training either in the Pearson offices or at Harrow School, but this will be the exception rather than the norm.


An accompanying letter should outline how you are suited to working for Harrow School Online and what you could contribute to the school. Candidates who meet our initial shortlisting criteria will be invited to submit video answers to a number of questions to assist in shortlisting for interview. Interviews will be held online in July.

The selection process and interview questions will relate to the details given in this job description. You will be asked to explain any discrepancies or anomalies in the information you have provided either on the application form or in your covering letter, as well as any issues arising from references, which we will take up in advance of your interview.


Harrow School Online is committed to safeguarding, protecting and promoting the welfare of children and you must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). At interview, we will ask questions about child protection procedures and your suitability to work with children. All teachers at Harrow School Online must comply with our Child Protection Policy Statement, which can be found in our Safeguarding Policy on our website.

The position is subject to an enhanced DBS check. In addition, the position will be offered subject to the receipt of satisfactory references, proof of qualifications and proof of right to work in the UK. The School’s Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure Policy is available on our website.

Learning is the most powerful force for change in the world. More than 20,000 Pearson employees deliver our products and services in nearly 200 countries, all working towards a common purpose – to help everyone achieve their potential through learning. We do that by providing high quality, digital content and learning experiences, as well as assessments and qualifications that help people build their skills and grow with the world around them. We are the world’s leading learning company. Learn more at Pearson believes that wherever learning flourishes, so do people. We are committed to being an anti-racist company in everything we do. We value the power of an inclusive culture and a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm, and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to a sustainable environment and workplace where talent can learn, grow, and thrive.

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Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.

We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.

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Organization: Virtual Learning

Schedule: PART_TIME

Req ID: 6094