Location
Wantage
Advertising Salary
£18,500 - £24,000 DOE Plus Benefits

About The Role

The candidate will have a passion for working with pupils and assisting them on their journey, which may have included all manner of set-backs in and outside of education. 

The role will evolve and responsibilities may be amended by the Headteacher following consultation with the successful candidate.  This job description is not exhaustive, but provides an overview of the breadth and depth of the role.

  • To manage, support and develop a group of marginalised young people and their families by building trusting relationships through the use of individual sessions, group work and other interventions.
  • To oversee a holistic person-centred approach to a young person’s journey from entry to exit, bridging the gap between their academic, behavioural and therapeutic needs.
  • To help develop a individual education/learning plans with the class teacher.
  • To provide practical support to the class teacher/other learning support assistants and pupils
  • To consistently promote positive values, attitudes and behaviour
  • To support pupils in their learning and development in small groups or with individual pupils as directed treating them with respect and consideration
  • To help raise standards of achievement for all pupils
  • To encourage the social and emotional development of pupils
  • To encourage pupils to participate in all aspects of school life
  • To help pupils to become more independent
  • To promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils
  • To embed safeguarding and inclusion principles at the heart of all practice.
It should be noted that the above list of principle duties is not necessarily a complete statement of the final duties of the position. 
 

About You

PERSONAL SPECIFICATION

 

ESSENTIAL

DESIRABLE

QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING

  • A relevant qualification in working with young people, e.g. teaching, youth and community work, social work, counselling, mentoring.
  • Level 2 English and Maths
  • DBS (Enhanced Level)

 

EXPERIENCE

  • Experience of working with a similar cohort of young people including those with complex, high behaviour and additional learning needs.
  • Extensive behaviour management experience with students who have complex needs and extreme behaviour
  • Experience of working with complex young people and families who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties including those who are from a variety of ethnic groups and cultures or who may be vulnerable or disadvantaged in some way.
  • Experience of working within a learning environment and being actively part of supporting the learning process.
  • Building sustainable relationships with young people and their families, both formally and informally.
  • Assessing family situations and needs to develop and implement effective strategies, risk assessments and individual educational / learning support plans.
  • Working with a range of issues affecting young people and their families, such as substance misuse, domestic violence, multiple exclusions, offending behaviour and SEN /children in care.
  • Using a holistic person-centred approach when working in or with multi professional teams / agencies.
  • Report writing.
  • Adhering to safeguarding Policies (KCSIE 2018) and procedures.

 

KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING

  • An understanding of the political and educational context of social inclusion.
  • A knowledge of behavioural management techniques and understanding of de-escalation techniques.
  • An understanding of the social, emotional and intellectual needs of young people and families.
  • An understanding of multi-agency work and the roles of these disciplines.
  • An understanding of childcare, child development and supporting theories, Emotional literacy, attachment, brain development, etc.
  • A knowledge and understanding of influences on parenting and parent-child relationships.
  • A knowledge and understanding of influences on children and young people. E.g. peer pressure, gang culture, bullying, peer on peer abuse, FGM, drugs, missing children in education, online safety, children’s wishes, etc.
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding (KCSIE 2018) & Equality acts.
  • Pastoral care and safeguarding of children
  • Strong IT skills and to be able to use technology efficiently
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

 

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

 

  • Maintain records and prepare written reports.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with colleagues, parents/carers and other agencies.
  • Enthusiastic and a natural ‘self-starter’
  • Able to show initiative
  • Resilient and able to cope effectively with change and in a challenging environment.
  • Competency with certain IT application, specifically MS word, Excel, internet and Explorer.
  • Able to empathise with children and put their needs first
  • Have the ability to form positive relationships with pupils, staff and parents
  • Imaginative, creative and adaptable
  • Excellent team player, empathetic of the needs of the team
  • Have excellent administrative and organisational skills
  • Organised, resourceful, excellent time keeper, approachable, committed and enthusiastic
  • Have a sense of humour and the ability to make learning fun
  • Sympathetic to the values and mission of our school
  • A strategic thinker
  • Patient and resourceful
  • Reliable and trustworthy

 

  • Proven ability to negotiate with and influence a variety of internal and external stakeholders.

OTHER WORK REQUIREMENTS

  • A commitment to CSFC and the schools vision and values.
  • A passion for achieving positive outcomes for young people and lifelong learning.
  • A willingness to be involved in the wider life of the school.
  • A personal commitment to professional development.
  • Able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the school including some evening and weekend work when applicable.
  • CSFC is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all our employees to comply with our safeguarding policies.
  • Driver

About Us

Huckleberry Therapeutic School is a nurturing and friendly school where each person is valued and respected as an individual. We provide pupils with a broad and balanced education through a calm, safe and understanding setting in order for them to progress and succeed. We aim to restore confidence in pupils in an inspiring learning culture. All our pupils are provided with opportunities and experiences to be encouraged, supported and challenged, as they develop a love of learning. All pupils through the school have complex learning and behavioural needs and all have Education, Health and Care plans that are met through the careful planning and delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum.

The successful candidate will want to embrace all aspects of our therapeutic school life and embrace Huckleberry Therapeutic School’s vision and core values. The position of Teaching Assistant is a critical component in the realisation of our school’s mission statement: ‘Huckleberry Therapeutic School provides young people aged 5-11 with a broad and balanced education in order for them to progress and succeed in sustained education. We do this through high quality teaching and learning based on effective relationships that enable the achievement of life skills and meaningful qualifications.

At Huckleberry Therapeutic School, we place high value on individualised professional development, regardless of career path for all school staff.  The candidate for this role must be aspirational and bring considerable experience to the table to be able to lead with the Headteacher to deliver the vision and values of the school. 

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