1:1 Learning Support Assistants – South Brent

job specification

Salary:

£19,798 - £23,000 pro rata per annum (progressive pay band actual £17,212-£19,996.53)

Job Term:

Fixed Term Contract, Term Time Only - 40 weeks per year

Start Date:

July, 2022

Hours:

37.5 per week

Organisation:

The Outdoors Group

Closing Date:

08/07/2022

Location:

The Outdoors School, South Brent

About the outdoors group

The Outdoors Group School is an Independent Special School that is based solely outside in a woodland setting for learners with SEMH and ASD needs. We believe in developing the whole learner, not just their academic ability. We use a project-based method, allowing the learner to be completely autonomous, whilst contributing to a well-rounded education based on skills for lifelong learning and personal development.

The school caters for KS2, KS3 and KS4 learners and aims to provide a space for learners to develop skill sets and a growth mindset that they have been unable to in previous settings. We work closely with learners’ support networks, both professional and familial and try to create a holistic and engaging place for learners to grow.

We are looking for two 1-2-1 Support Assistants who are expected to work closely with the other members of their team, to deliver learner centred learning opportunities, ensuring they differentiate lesson plans and schemes of work to apply to the individual needs of their learners. It is an essential aspect of the role that you have a love for the outdoors as the position is based 100% outdoors. In addition to having experience of working 1:1 with learners and an understanding of ASD and PDA profiles, it would be advantageous to have forest school skills / knowledge and the ability to demonstrate a knowledge and experience of outdoor learning at interview.

This is an exciting and diverse role working with some of the hardest to reach learners to help build and develop community engagement.

This post requires a DBS check & PRICE Training. (PRICE Training is provided as part of the induction process)

The Outdoors Group School is an Independent Special School that is based solely outside in a woodland setting for learners with SEMH and ASD needs. We believe in developing the whole learner, not just their academic ability. We use a project-based method, allowing the learner to be completely autonomous, whilst contributing to a well-rounded education based on skills for lifelong learning and personal development.

The school caters for KS2, KS3 and KS4 learners and aims to provide a space for learners to develop skill sets and a growth mindset that they have been unable to in previous settings. We work closely with learners’ support networks, both professional and familial and try to create a holistic and engaging place for learners to grow.

We are looking for two 1-2-1 Support Assistants who are expected to work closely with the other members of their team, to deliver learner centred learning opportunities, ensuring they differentiate lesson plans and schemes of work to apply to the individual needs of their learners. It is an essential aspect of the role that you have a love for the outdoors as the position is based 100% outdoors. In addition to having experience of working 1:1 with learners and an understanding of ASD and PDA profiles, it would be advantageous to have forest school skills / knowledge and the ability to demonstrate a knowledge and experience of outdoor learning at interview.

This is an exciting and diverse role working with some of the hardest to reach learners to help build and develop community engagement.

This post requires a DBS check & PRICE Training. (PRICE Training is provided as part of the induction process)

Job description

Under the direction of the curriculum staff, 1:1 Support Assistants will work with an assigned caseload of learners on a 1:1 basis ensuring learners can access our specialist curriculum. 

Roles and responsibilities 

  • Provide excellent behaviour management support skills to support learners who display behaviours that challenge
  • Work under the direction of the curriculum staff to support learning and development of outdoor learning skills
  • To support the delivery of projects to extend pupils learning in line with the school curriculum and ethos
  • Work with other staff and specialists to engage learners creatively and effectively
  • To be responsible for the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children. 
  • To be a team player and contribute within your own capabilities towards the School ethos 
  • The post-holder may from time to time be required to carry out other duties commensurate with the role 
  • Engage in staff supervision and appraisal process
  • Engage in critical reflective practice and participate in CPD opportunities, developing and sharing ideas and best practice for training and delivery.
  • Ensure that learners experience a supportive and positive staff team at all times 
  • Ensure that you play alongside learners for at least two hours a week to experience a supportive and positive place of learning for all

The 1:1 support role is an innovative role where you will work with learners and staff to support the delivery of sessions that aim to support learners creatively, with responsibility, and instil a sense of challenge and growth mindset for learning and life.

The sessions are based around outdoor activities, team building and problem-solving challenges that will extend into qualifications as learners progress through the school. 

Training and development will be key, and the right candidate should be actively engaged in further training to ensure the best offer for learners is available

This post requires a DBS check.

person specification

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

Essential

  • Knowledge and understanding of autism and PDA profiles
  • Knowledge of literacy and/or numeracy intervention packages
  • Creativity and versatility, engaging learners by creating resources and using identified strategies to support their needs
  • Reflective and responsive to the needs of learners, recognising potential barriers to learning and seeking to overcome these
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral)

Desirable

  • Recent experience of working with Primary or Secondary learners with SEMH difficulties and ASD/PDA
  • Knowledge of behaviour intervention and support practices
  • Experience of working with learners with challenging behaviour outdoors
  • Knowledge of inter-agency working.
  • Previous experience working within outdoor education or Forest School settings

Personal Qualities

Essential

  • Resilience to working outdoors in all weathers
  • Demonstrate a commitment and passion for the forest school ethos
  • High expectations of children and a desire to ensure they reach their full potential
  • Enthusiasm and drive for improvement
  • Ability to work successfully as part of a team
  • Commitment to improving outcomes for children and families 
  • Commitment to safeguarding and safe practice 
  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities

Desirable

  • Sense of humour 
  • Forward-thinking

Qualifications & Training

Essential

  • 5 GCSE’s grade A-C or equivalent
  • Willingness to undergo training the organisation feels is appropriate

Desirable

  • Outdoor, Adventure or Forest School specific Paediatric First Aid
  • Safeguarding Level 2
  • Forest School Leader

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