Acorn Care and Education is the single largest private sector provider of specialist education and care services to local authorities across England, Scotland and Wales. The group has grown quickly since its creation in 2005 by both organic growth and through a series of acquisitions.
Acorn consists of 3 main divisions:
• The education division is the second largest private sector provider of SEN schools in the country operating 15 special needs schools for children with behavioural and social difficulties or with autism and learning difficulties.
• The fostering division – Fostering Solutions, is the third largest provider of foster care services in the UK and operates under the brands of Fostering Solutions and Pathway Care.
• The residential care division operates registered care homes for looked after children with a range of special education and behavioural needs.
We need really great, passionate people to be part of our team to carry out immeasurably worthwhile work that truly does change lives.
Under the reasonable direction of the Senior LSA and Senior Leadership Team, carry out the duties of a Support Worker as set out in the current school policies.
Uphold the professional code of conduct. Support an individual pupil in accordance with the ethos, organisation and policies of the school as a fully committed member of the learning support team and as detailed in the specific duties and core standards below.
• 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 college courses offsite.
• To prepare materials and equipment.
• To transport children home and on educational visits etc.
• To work with an individual and on occasion small groups of children in conjunction with the subject teacher.
• To record relevant educational, social and behavioural information within an agreed framework.
• To transport and support an individual pupil and on accession small groups on vocational college courses.
• To implement agreed individual educational/behavioural programmes.
• To promote the social and emotional development of an individual child or children through positive approaches that encourages appropriate relationships and the development of self-esteem.
• To accompany an individual pupil during class external educational visits.
• To assist subject teacher in individual behavioural management, within the agreed school framework.
• To assist in classroom organisation and display work.
• To contribute to pupils’ annual review reports and progress files.
• To attend staff meetings and contribute constructively on specific issues to encourage the development of agreed whole school policies and procedures.
• To attend morning briefings.
• To participate in In-Service Training including Team Teach and Staff.
• Development Programmes.
• To eat with the children at lunch time, encouraging appropriate behaviour, social skills and positive interactions.
• To supervise pupils at all times.
The Support worker will be required to work 195 days in any one academic year, of which 190 days shall be with pupils. Working hours are 8.30am – 5.30pm
• 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
• Driving Licence
• Negotiation Skills
• High expectations of others
• Ability to work on own initiative
• Willing to undertake training
• Ability to prioritise tasks
Acorn Care and Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and vulnerable people in our care. Successful applicants will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.