Light Up Learning
Light Up Learning

Charity registered in Scotland SC045701

LUL is a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation providing one-to-one mentoring for young people who have experienced disadvantage, working in secondary schools in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Started by two friends in 2015, our small, young team punches way above its weight, making a positive, sustainable difference in the lives of the communities we work with. We recently celebrated our first group of LUL graduates, after 3 and a half years of successful partnership with Lasswade High school, and a programme of expansion is underway, with further mentoring activities having started in Castlebrae Community High School this August. The new director will be given significant autonomy in developing and executing this, and future plans. LUL's unique approach is to address equity and access issues in education, and disengagement in the traditional classroom setting, by placing each student in charge of their own learning. Our mentors create low-stress, supportive, and playful learning environments, allowing the students to investigate topics that naturally fire their imagination, by giving them the resources, skills and contacts they need to achieve their potential. For more information, please visit our website at

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Head of Mentoring

  • Full time
  • £27,000 – £30,000
  • Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Closing 11th August 2019

Are you also passionate about redressing social inequity, and do you view education as one of the most effective ways of achieving that goal? Would you like to join a supportive, inclusive, collaborative team? If so, Light Up Learning (LUL) is looking for someone who is enthusiastic and driven, to be its full-time Head of Mentoring.

This is an important and new role at LUL, with a focus on the quality of mentoring and the safeguarding of young people. You will act as our lead child protection officer and be responsible for delivering the Mentoring strand of our new strategy, which includes the establishment of a new youth forum.

The charity is in an exciting growth phase: in December 2018 we appointed a new full time Director and we are about to approve our future strategy for 2019–2022. Your role will be essential in helping us to grow the organisation and deliver on this strategy: including expanding into new schools, developing our mentoring model, running our evaluation process and being part of the leadership of the organisation. We are looking for the newest member of our small and friendly team, who is as passionate as us about achieving these ambitious goals.

We have a commitment to diversity and challenging all forms of inequality and are particularly keen to receive applications from Women, Black Minority and Ethnic, LGBTQI, disabled, migrant, and other backgrounds currently underrepresented within leadership roles in the third sector.

This vacancy has now closed


  • Part time
  • £24,000 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh & Lothians
  • Closing 20th October 2019

Are you passionate about working with young people, interested in access and equality issues in education, and excited about the potential of learning to change young people’s lives? If so, Light Up Learning is looking for new Mentors to join its growing team!

What We’re Looking For:

We’re looking for creative, passionate, experienced Mentors to join our small, dedicated team. Reporting to the Head of Mentoring, the successful candidates will be tasked with mentoring up to 10 students (depending on availability): they will facilitate student-led earning by developing activities based around individual student interests and by guiding the young people as they take charge of their own learning, through self-directed projects. Successful candidates will also be expected to do some related administrative tasks, take part in evaluation exercises, and contribute to community and team meetings and events. We are looking to appoint up to four part-time roles.

Hours of work:

We are a flexible employer, and are looking to appoint Mentors who can work a minimum of 7.5 hours a week - ideally this would take the form of one day a week - but dependent on funding we will be offering up to 22.5 hours a week: we would expect to working days to remain consistent week to week.

All Mentors are required to attend a mentor and subsequent team meeting lasting 4 hours, one Monday a month.

Light Up Learning has a commitment to diversity and to challenging all forms of inequality. We would be particularly keen to encourage applicants from Women, Black Minority and Ethnic, LGBTQI, disabled, migrant, and other backgrounds currently underrepresented the third sector.

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