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Educational Support Assistant

Spen Valley High SchoolLiversedge

Grade 5:  £19,312 - fulltime equivalent - subject to pro-rata (actual £13,309 – £13,575)

30 hours per week - Term time (38 weeks)  plus 1 day  

Working hours between 8.30am - 3pm (4pm on a Monday)

We are looking to recruit an experienced Educational Support Assistant to join our SEN Team.  In this individual we want to see drive and determination, someone who is proactive, courageous, open-minded, a self-starter, who is enthusiastic and above all enjoys working with young people. We are on a journey to become a Trauma Informed school and as such we want colleagues who embrace this way of working and who can appreciate the links between trauma and behaviour. As an Educational Support Assistant, you will work collaboratively with our SENCo, members of our Personalised Learning Team and Teachers to provide support to our students to help them identify barriers to learning and work with them to achieve their full potential.

This role would suit someone who enjoys working with young people, who believes it is a privilege to be a part of their journey into adulthood, and who understands the challenges faced by young people growing up in today's world. 

Applicants do require Maths and English GCSE grade C/4 or above to qualify for this role.  Refresher and ongoing training is available for this role.

This is a key time to join Spen Valley High School as we build upon our many strengths and develop a truly coherent provision for our students.  You will work alongside a team of highly professional & dedicated staff who are welcoming, courageous, open-minded and supportive. It is a particularly exciting time to join the school as we embed our new curriculum and continue to develop our Trauma Informed and Restorative Practices. The successful candidate will be at the forefront of this transformational change and we are looking for someone who is creative, dynamic, and willing to embrace this challenge head on. 

When joining Spen Valley you are entering a supportive environment where we pride ourselves in offering a wide range of CPD opportunities including a bespoke CPD package through the National College.  Being a member of Red Kite Alliance, we receive support, advice and training from some of the most successful schools in Yorkshire.  We encourage our staff not only in their involvement in various activities throughout the school but also to be proactive and come up with new and fresh ideas to engage and enthuse both our staff and students.

Staff Benefits include:     

  • Employee Healthcare (including physiotherapy referrals, counselling and lifestyle advice)     
  • Pension (West Yorkshire Pension Fund)     
  • Cycle to Work Scheme     
  • Staff Supervision (a personal & confidential counselling & support service)     
  • Varied Staff Wellbeing Initiatives      
  • The opportunity to work with colleagues and specialist support across the Red Kite Teaching School Hub 

This role is a 30-hour contract term time plus 1 day, with the opportunity to sign up to extra days helping out with holiday activities or for additional training.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff are subject to an enhanced DBS check. A conviction may not exclude candidates from appointment but will be considered as part of the recruitment process.

The closing date for this role is 9am, Thursday 16th December 2021 - please submit an application letter and completed application form.  

If you require further information about the role, please contact Tracey Bland, Business Manager & HR Lead via email on 01924 405451.   For more information about the school please go to our website -  

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