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John Lynch

John Lynch

Mentoring Consultant,
University of Brighton

I retired in December 2013 after 25 years of headship in junior and primary schools in Croydon and Brighton.

After retiring I was appointed Chair of a local BAME needs assessment steering group. As a result of this experience I now work as a consultant for Brighton and Hove on closing the gap strategies for BAME pupils and on BAME recruitment in teaching.

I am currently a coordinator of mentoring programmes for students at Brighton University. These are identity-based programmes for BAME students in the school of Education and the School of Health Sciences. I am also a placement tutor for the university’s School of Education.

I have recently delivered mentoring training to Brighton and Sussex Police and am a member of the Sussex Police Race Advisory Group and Sussex Police Independent Advisory Group.

I am currently contracted to work on an NCOP funded identity-based mentoring programme. This involves BAME university students mentoring BAME pupils in schools across Sussex.

I am a facilitator for the National College of Teaching and Leadership. In this role I work with existing and prospective headteachers on the development of leadership and management skills.

  • Supporting unrepresented groups through the ‘Momentum Mentoring Programme’, allowing students to be mentored throughout the academic year by an employer or academic to develop the skills needed for graduate employment
  • Providing a tailored careers programme specifically for under-represented groups including, BAME students, carers, students with disabilities and those from lower income backgrounds
  • Developing partnerships with local employers and university alumni to provide mentors and connections for students
  • Sharing how a small-scale scheme can be upscaled to become a major part of a university’s employability and retention strategy