You will be working with our most vulnerable students and supporting their individual needs through bespoke support packages that will include both in house and external agencies. This will include academic support, emotional support and pastoral mentoring as well as more specific interventions dependent on need. You will be liaising with senior leaders, teaching and support staff to help students achieve their very best outcomes. You will require excellent interpersonal skills to build strong, positive relationships with teenagers, parents, external agencies and school staff. Ensure the day to day smooth running of the alternative provision and to facilitate the active participation of children in the academic and social activities of the school.
Whilst your main role will be working with students in the alternative provision, your work could also include supporting students in lessons to aid their transition back to mainstream schooling. You will need to be able to work independently and take the initiative as well as collaborate with the wider staff team, particularly the pastoral and safeguarding teams.
Whilst students will follow an academic timetable for large parts of the day, there is an expectation that their day will be supplemented with additional activities such as gardening and preparation of lunch.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Support for children
• As agreed with the class teacher, take responsibility for delivering planned curriculum activities.
• Contribute to the planning and preparation of learning activities.
• Monitor pupil care needs and ensure the teaching team contribute support effectively and in line with good practice.
• Take responsibility for delivering learning activities with groups who would benefit from a different learning approach as agreed with the class teacher.
• Establish and maintain supportive relationships with individual pupils, whole class groups and parents/carers.
• Liaise with specialist services on behalf of individual pupils, e.g. educational psychologists, counsellors and speech therapists, by agreement with your line manager
• Provide guidance to teachers on promoting inclusion in the classroom, ensuring all pupils feel involved with tasks and activities based on their specific needs.
• Differentiate and deliver an effective personal development programme – that should include PSHE as well as wellbeing activities at the start of each day.
• Implement breakfast club for students every morning
2. Support for the curriculum
• Support the school curriculum, providing additional support for groups of children as agreed.
• Provide additional tuition for children who need extra support especially within options subjects if in KS4.
• Provide targeted support to enhance learning and improve attainment
3. Support for the teacher
• Provide support in evaluating pupil progress and development.
• Contribute to the development of support and intervention plans for children with additional needs.
• Contribute to the planning and evaluation of work programmes for individual pupils and groups.
• Provide feedback on learning activities and contribute to school review and development planning.
• Organise the learning environment and develop appropriate classroom resources as required.
• Contribute to behaviour management within the school and take charge of situations to allow the teacher to continue to work with the rest of the class.
• Provide guidance to teaching staff in the effective deployment of teaching assistants.
4. Support for the school
• Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other staff and parents or carers.
• Provide support to the headteacher in ensuring that the whole school provides a safe and healthy environment.
• Attend and actively participate in staff meetings where possible.
• Provide advice and guidance to other support staff on best practice and practical problem-solving.
• Make suggestions for school events and take a leading role in organising them as agreed.
• To understand and adhere to data protection policy and law, with specific regard to confidentiality and child protection
• To be fully aware of and to comply with all departmental instructions and procedures relating to Health and Safety at work
• To undertake any other duties that are within the scope of the post, as determined by senior staff
• Experience of working in a school in a pupil facing role is advantageous
QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING
• Good literacy and numeracy skills;
• Good general level of education.
• Basic knowledge of first aid and/or a willingness to undertake first aid training;
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
• Understanding of relevant policies and procedures;
• Ability to relate to young people
• Ability to undertake varied duties;
• Ability to demonstrate limits of responsibility;
• Ability to work under the direction of different people and as part of a team;
• Good communication skills with people at all levels;
• Ability to organise own workload in the context of varied tasks;
• Ability to work calmly under pressure;
• Ability to critically evaluate own performance and make any necessary changes to be more effective.
Our Trust is committed to equal opportunities, to safeguarding and the promotion of the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All staff are expected to chare this commitment and undergo the appropriate checks. All positions within the Trust are subject to enhanced DBS checks and satisfactory references. Only applications submitted on using the ELA application form will be accepted. We do not accept applications by CV.
About Downham Market Academy
- Co-educational, 11-18 mixed comprehensive with approximately 1200 students, including 138 in the Sixth Form in the town of Downham Market, Norfolk.
- Now part of The Eastern Learning Alliance
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