1 to 1 Learning Support Worker, Wigan

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The Holden SchoolWigan

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Up to £16,500 dependent on experience
Contract term: Permanent

1 to 1 Learning Support Worker


Location:          The Holden School, Leigh, Greater Manchester

Salary:               £16,500.00 dependent on experience

Hours:               8.30am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday

Contract:          Permanent, term time only 


If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We now have a fantastic opportunity for a 1 to 1 Learning Support Worker to join our close-knit team at The Holden School, Leigh in Greater Manchester. Someone who takes a more creative approach supporting our teaching personal, would be perfect for this role. 


About the School:

The Holden School is an independent specialist day school for boys and girls aged from 5 to 11 and has an occupancy of 48 pupils, catering for children with a wide range of needs in Lancashire, Wigan, Manchester and surrounding areas. Our dedicated team work together to ensure successful outcomes for pupils who often arrive at the school with a troubled view of education and life.

We pride ourselves in steering children in the right direction, nurturing aspiration to progress them academically and socially, to encourage them to take pride in their achievements. Socially, we build confidence in our students so they are able to have a greater understanding of the wider community in which they live. 


About the Group:

We are part of Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

We provide Education and Care across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEN provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children and young people across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our homes are rated as Outstanding or Good.

We welcome staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.

Acorn Care and Education is part of the Outcomes First Group. 


About the Role:

The 1 to 1 Learning Support Worker will engage with an individual pupil, our students, teachers and support workers.  Being responsible for assisting, with day to day learning and social skills. The successful candidate will be required to work 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

Our aim is to change young people’s lives and through the use of accredited courses, we will always provide our pupils with the best possible opportunities to succeed, beyond The Holden School. 


Who we are looking for:

We are looking for a 1 to 1 Learning Support Worker who likes a challenge as we see pupils that for the most, are reluctant and troubled learners or have been out of education for a little while.

No two days are the same at The Holden School, so we want someone who can work at pace to turn ‘can’t do’ into ‘want to’ and is motivated by working with children with complex needs. You will be motivated by your belief that every child can achieve and reach their potential.  The ideal candidate will enjoy working with children in a calm and engaging demeanour.

Whilst previous experience of working in a SEN environment would be desirable, excellent communication, interpersonal skills, the right kind of motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are just as important. 


General Responsibilities:

To work with an individual and on occasion small groups of children on educational activities.

To assist teachers in developing and implementing individual educational programmes.

To support and transport an individual and on occasion small groups of children on vocational/educational offsite activities and visits.

To prepare materials and equipment.

To transport children home when necessary. 


Essential Criteria:

  • GCSEs in Maths and English, grade C or above
  • Basic computer literacy skills
  • Able to work on a lone basis with an individual child on a 1:1 basis, to build a relationship and rapport with the child in a learning and educational environment
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Flexible approach to working
  • Ability to build relationships with children & young people
  • Full Driving Licence
  • Negotiation Skills
  • High expectations of others
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Willing to undertake training
  • Ability to prioritise tasks 


Why work for us?

A few reasons we think it’s a great place to work:

  • Continuous professional development & training for a clear career path.
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Free School Meals onsite
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters”
  • Employee Rewards Hub 


Interviews will be held: 19th February & 20th February 2020, times to be confirmed.

This position is due to commence early March, of course subject to approved reference and DBS checks.  

If you have any further queries regarding how to apply, please call 01942932540.

Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. 

We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for everyone in our care.  A full application form must be completed with all employment dates and, gaps in employment accounted for.



More about The Holden School
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Type: Special Needs
Phase: Primary
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 5 - 11 years
Address: Firs Lane, Leigh, Wigan, WN7 4SB, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps

The Holden School is a new Acorn Care and Education special educational needs school opening in late 2019. 

The Holden School supports boys and girls between 5 and 11 years of age who have social, emotional and mental health needs. 

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