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Pastoral Support Worker

Westbourne SchoolNottinghamshire

Job Title:                Pastoral Support Worker

Location:               Westbourne School, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.

Salary:                    Up to £18,500 dependent on experience

Hours:                    37.5 hours per week

Contract:               Permanent, Term Time only

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 Support to join our new specialist Autism & Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties provision - Westbourne 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 the team based in Sutton-in-Ashfield.

As a new school, you will have a unique opportunity to help shape a school, implementing communication & behaviour strategies, monitoring their impact and overseeing staff development.

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 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 SEN 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 Westbourne 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 principles, implementing restorative justice as part of the school’s behaviour management processes.

Westbourne is part of Acorn Education & Care, which is part of OFG, the UK’s largest Children’s services group. We can promise you plenty of challenges and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

About the School

Westbourne School will cater for children aged 11-18 and aims to achieve an occupancy of 49 pupils. We are a new specialist SEN School based in Sutton-in-Ashfield. Located in the original school building, brought right up to date with top class learning and vocational facilities.

We are looking for a great addition to the growing team to be part of a truly unique and exciting opportunity and help shape a new school and create a truly exceptional learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to access high quality CPD to help pursue your own personal goals.

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 SEN children. You must be ICT literate, have excellent communication skills, be organised and be able to work on your own initiative.

No two days are the same at Westbourne. We want people who can work at a pace to turn ‘can’t do’ into ‘want to’ and are motivated by working with children 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 achieve and reach 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.

Essential criteria

  • Experience working in a challenging educational environment
  • Knowledge and experience of strategies to help students with social, emotional and behavioural challenges
  • ICT literate
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills and a particular empathy for young people with additional needs
  • Sound planning and organising skills, able to look ahead, schedule tasks, deliver plans and prioritise
  • Ability to set and achieve targets and objectives for self and pupils based on the overall aims of the learning programme and individual learning needs
  • Able to record, communicate and retrieve information in a complete, timely and accurate manner
  • Able to create and sustain effective relationships with pupils, staff, parents and others
  • Able to use restraint and de-escalation techniques in accordance with school policy and guidelines
  • Must have a full driving licence and access to their own vehicle.

Why work for us?

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

  • Continuous professional development and training for a clear career path
  • Pension
  • 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.
  • This position is due to commence in in April 2021 or sooner if possible (subject to approved reference/DBS checks). 

Applications are invited online through the Acorn Education and Care website

If you have any further queries regarding how to apply please email

Closing date: 9am on Monday 1st March 2021

Acorn Education and Care are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment.

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