We are recruiting! Role: Letterbox Club Tutor

Letterbox Club Tutor

Full Time – Fixed term contract for 2 years

Salary: £26,395

Closing Date: 1st January 2024

Interviews: Phase 1 (Reading session) : 15th January (evening)                 

 Phase 2 (Individual): 18th January (evening)

Start Date: 25th March (Easter Holidays)

Benefits: 25 days annual leave + public bank holidays, birthday off, a wellbeing day, private pension scheme.

Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children's University are looking for a friendly, positive and self motivated person with a love of reading and who loves working with children to join our amazing charity. We have a vibrant, energetic and hard working team who all share a passion for changing children's lives.

The new Letterbox Club Tutor will join our current team of 4 Letterbox Tutors to provide Children in Care in Hull (year 3 to year 6) with one-to -one reading sessions that over time improve their reading ability, showing tangible improvement in reading age measured by regular assessments. They will visit the children in their schools on a regular basis, delivering their bespoke Letterbox Parcels that contain books, games and equipment to improve their reading, maths and literacy.

This job is a full time position which will involve supporting and leading some of our Children Looked After (CLA) extra curricular experiences during the holidays. This may mean some out of hours and weekend work (though plenty of notice will be given). Some of our experiences include theatre trips, forest school days, Welton Waters and days in London.

The successful candidate will be a Qualified Teacher or High Level Teaching Assistant with at least a year's experience in carrying out reading assessments with primary school aged children and leading out of school experiences. Some experience in working with Children in Care is desirable.

Due to this role requiring regular travelling, a full clean UK driving license and the use of own car is essential. The successful candidate will also be required to have business use cover on their vehicle.

As this job involves working with children and young people, the successful candidate will be required to complete an enhanced disclosure DBS check. They must also provide two references, one being from the manager at their current or most recent place of employment.

We think it is important that our charity reflects the lived experience of our beneficiaries, and we want to be an organisation where employees from any background can thrive. We particularly welcome applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) (LGBTQIA+) candidates, and candidates from low-income families. These groups are currently underrepresented at Hull & East Yorkshire Children’s University and we are committed to increasing representation and diversity at the charity.


To apply for this role please send a covering letter and your CV to Amy Mercer a.mercer@hull.ac.uk by 1st January 2024. Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.


About us:

Hull and East Yorkshire (HEY) Children’s University is a local charity that strives to give every child the opportunities they deserve, no matter what circumstances they were born into. Many children around Hull and the East Riding do not have the same opportunities that other children have in the UK. Many have never been much further than the street in which they live and some children will never visit another city until they reach adulthood. Because of this, some children don’t have any aspirations for the future.

Society places a huge importance on academic success- but what about those children that don’t excel in academia? HEY Children’s University believes that every child is brilliant at something, and that might be something different to academic talent. But how can those children find out their unique talents if they don’t have the opportunity to try new things?

‘If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid’- Albert Einstein

HEY Children’s University gives local children the opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t have and gives them the chance to discover their interests and talents- the chance to create their own dreams. The charity aims to light up every path that a child could take and show them their options. Despite what the name implies, HEY Children’s University is about ensuring that children know about all the pathways into careers: be that an apprenticeship, starting their own business, working their way up in a company or attending college or University. Every child should understand what pathways exist.

HEY Children’s University offers a diverse range of experiences that are designed to raise aspirations, confidence and self esteem. Some of these experiences include days at local businesses where the children learn about the industry, meet the staff and take part in a range of activities. The charity also gives children the chance to visit other cities such as London and Edinburgh, offering sleepovers in exciting venues such as the Natural History Museum and the HMS Belfast battleship.

Our team culture code:

1.       We make a difference to children’s Lives

2.       We communicate well and celebrate success often

3.       We treat each other with respect and compassion at all times

4.       We are always honest and transparent

5.       We celebrate individuality

6.       We are passionate and positive

7.       We enjoy autonomy and variety in our roles

8.       We work hard but we laugh a lot too!

9.       We have a can-do attitude and help each other

10.   We protect our culture together