Woodland Learning Support Assistant – South Brent

job specification

Salary:

£19798 - £23,000 per annum (progressive pay band)

Job Term:

Permanent, 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 & 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 2 x Woodland Learning Support Assistants at our South Brent site, 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.

The Woodland Learning Assistant will work with all the groups on their site to support their Woodland, tool based and forest school curriculum activities; in addition to providing 1:1 support for learners as required across all subject areas.

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 & 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 2 x Woodland Learning Support Assistants at our South Brent site, 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.

The Woodland Learning Assistant will work with all the groups on their site to support their Woodland, tool based and forest school curriculum activities; in addition to providing 1:1 support for learners as required across all subject areas.

Job description

Each group of six to seven learners at The Outdoors School has a core staff team comprising a Curriculum Tutor, a Pastoral Tutor and a Learning Support Worker. In addition, some of our learners have a 1:1 Support Assistant according to their specific needs.

The Woodland Learning Support Assistant will work with all the groups on their site to support their Woodland, tool based and forest school curriculum activities; in addition to providing 1:1 support for learners as required across all subject areas.

Special Demands

  • Resilience to working outside in all weathers
  • Resilience to working in an emotionally challenging environment
  • Resilience to work with dysregulated learners

Duties and Responsibilities 

The duties outlined in this job description are in addition to those covered by The Outdoors School policies and procedures. They may be modified by the Headteacher, with your agreement, to reflect or anticipate changes in the job, commensurate with the salary and job title.

  • Develop resources to support learning and development of outdoor learning skills.
  • To create sessions and projects to extend learners learning in line with the school curriculum and ethos.
  • Work with other staff and specialists to engage learners creatively and effectively.
  • Have a practical understanding of how to develop scientific and environmental projects.
  • Provide a focus on the support and development of practical skills.
  • Create and deliver outdoor learning sessions that are linked to key school outcomes. 
  • Work with staff to deliver sessions that link with the wider community.
  • Create and deliver sessions that link with the school’s curriculum outcomes based on The Outdoors School aims.
  • Provide support for other staff requiring support
  • Ensure opportunities to meet EHCP targets
  • Ensure opportunities are provided for learners within their individual learning style
  • Use creative ways to assess and record progress
  • Safeguarding duties
  • Updating/maintaining records eg School Pod
  • Ability to be flexible to the learning environment/ taking people off on the 121
  • Able to implement a reflective or restorative process with individual learners 
  • Building rapport and understanding with individual learners
  • Proactive work spotting the signs and trends of an individual’s behaviour
  • 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 Woodland learning support role is an innovative role where you will work with learners and staff to create and deliver sessions that aims to support learners creatively, with responsibility, and instilling 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. There is an expectation that all staff will engage in professional development resulting from appraisal. 

If you are interested in joining our motivated team to work in a new innovative setting, in the outdoors, we look forward to receiving your application.

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

person specification

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

Essential

  • Demonstrable experience in supporting students to achieve planned learning aims
  • Creativity and versatility, engaging learners by creating resources and using identified strategies to support their needs
  • Reflective and responsive to the needs of learner, recognising potential barriers to learning and seeking to overcome these
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral)
  • Previous experience working within outdoor education or Forest School settings
  • A learner focussed approach and ability to differentiate and create bespoke opportunities according to learner needs.
  • Successful recent experience of working with Primary or Secondary learners with SEMH difficulties and ASD/PDA

Desirable

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

Personal Qualities

Essential

  • Demonstrate a commitment and passion for the forest school ethos
  • Resilience to working outdoors in all weathers
  • 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
  • Determination and the highest expectations of work and behaviour

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 L3

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