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Pastoral Practitioner

New Barn SchoolWest Berkshire

Job Title:              Pastoral Practitioner

Location:              Newbury, Berkshire

Salary:                  £24,000 per annum

Hours:                  40 hours per week

Contract:              Permanent

Be the Pastoral member you’ve always wanted to be

As part of our continued growth, we now have a fantastic opportunity for a Pastoral Practitioner to join New Barn School. If you are looking to join a dedicated team in a school that will welcome your ideas and aim to re-engage the young people we teach, come join our team.

Service Overview

New Barn is an Ofsted ‘Good’ rated School. It offers a broad, balanced, and relevant curriculum to boys and girls, aged 6 – 16 years who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health complexities. New Barn School takes full advantage of its beautiful settings and fosters a love for using the outdoor curriculum including forest school, farm experiences and horse riding.  The School is within a commutable distance of Swindon, Oxford, Andover, Basingstoke and Reading and other surrounding towns and villages. 

About the role

Throughout this role your aim is to be actively involved in the support and monitoring of student behaviour. You will implement agreed strategies to improve the communication and behaviour of our students and monitor and analyse this behaviour using our online system. You will support and work with our teachers and Senior Leadership Team to provide essential guidance to our SEMH pupils who have learning, behavioural, social, and physical disabilities. You will build positive relationships with pupils and parents to promote interaction and a constructive learning environment.

Our team at New Barn School are encouraged to take a creative approach, seeking ways to positively engage with and motivate pupils through their day, which promotes learning and raises levels of attainment. You will assist with the organisation of a reward system to promote student responsibility and build a purposeful learning environment that meets each individual educational need. We would like you to be a familiar face throughout the school’s community and be a point of call for students, teachers, and parents.

As a school, we believe and implement restorative principles, helping pupils to identify the root causes of their behaviour and helping them shape modified responses to stressful and anxiety-provoking situations. You will be expected to train and research restorative ideologies and implement restorative justice as part of the school’s behaviour management processes.

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 schools and 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.

 Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone who is personable, resilient, organised and determined. You must have experience working within a challenging educational environment and of building relationships with SEMH pupils. You must be ICT literate, have excellent communication skills, be organised and able to work on your own initiative.

No two days are the same at New Barn School. We want people who can work at a pace to turn ‘can’t do’ into ‘want to’ and are motivated by working with pupils with complex needs. The ideal candidate will enjoy working with children in a calm and engaging demeanour whilst being resilient, using an innovative style of engagement and be motivated by your belief that every child can reach and achieve their potential.

If you are looking to join a dedicated team in a school that will welcome your ideas and aim to re-engage the young people we teach, we would like to hear from you.


Acorn Care and Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young people in our care. Successful applicants to appropriate roles will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.

Outcomes First Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of everyone in our care. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check and suitable references will be sought prior to your employment start date.c

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