Dear Theo Possible jobs (Secondary History/RE) are now like gold dust in my area. Although I have had 4 interviews this year (hooray), I have not been appointed, having always lost out to an NQT (am not bitter, I realise that I am expensive as I have been teaching for 7 years). Anyway, I am thinking of applying for Learning Mentor jobs. The money is a lot less, but I still have the chance to work in schools with young people which is what I really want to do. I want to increase my pastoral experience beyond that of form tutor as well and see this as an opportunity to do so. However, in your experience, how willing are schools to employ teachers in a non-teaching role and, when I want to go back in to the classroom, how would schools view this career move? Could it potentially make me more employable or, could becoming a mentor effectively put the kibosh on my teaching career? Thank you.