Light Up Learning
Light Up Learning

Charity registered in Scotland SC045701

Light Up Learning is dedicated to putting young people in charge of their learning - giving them the resources, skills, and contacts they need to achieve their potential.

Current vacancies

Chair of Trustees

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 31st January 2020

Light Up Learning is a registered charity that delivers one-on-one student-led learning for secondary school students in Edinburgh and the Lothians who have or are experiencing disadvantage.

The programme has successfully partnered with Lasswade High School since February 2015 and Castlebrae High School since October 2018, supporting a total of 55 young people to date. One of our strategic objectives is to expand this to 260 young people by June 2022.

Our programme of student-led learning is designed to ignite a love of learning in young people that expands their confidence, experiences and choices for the future, both in school and beyond. We create low-stress, supportive, and playful learning environments and place each student in charge of their own learning, giving them the resources, skills and contacts need to explore and connect with what inspires them.

With our 2019-22 strategic plan in place, we’re now seeking to appoint a new Chair of Trustees who can work with us to expand our reach and impact to more young people across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The role:

The Chair of Trustees will be responsible for leading the Light Up Learning board and charity, overseeing the successful achievement of the organisation’s strategic objectives; directing the establishment of a robust governance and compliance framework; and championing the continued development of our profile and network.

We are seeking an individual who:

  • Is a proven leader with experience navigating change and transformation
  • Has a strong understanding of governance and compliance structures
  • Has a demonstrable passion for and belief in the work that we do
  • Possesses strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Has a proven ability to build and maintain strong and productive relationships
  • Is committed to equality, diversity and inclusivity at all levels

No prior experience as a Chair is required, but a large part of the role will consist of establishing a strong charity governance infrastructure.

There are four in person board meetings per year (in Edinburgh) as well as four remote calls in between meetings. The overall time commitment is expected to be approximately 150 hours across the year (3 hours per week) and the Chair is expected to be available for some charity, network and fundraiser events on an ad hoc basis.

Please note, we are particularly keen to encourage applicants from Women, Black Minority and Ethnic, LGBTQI, disabled, migrant, and other backgrounds currently underrepresented within leadership roles in the third sector.

Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

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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