Learning Support Assistant & Teaching Assistant
Salary: £15,145 – £15,330 dependent on experience
Location: Heath Farm School, Kent
HOURS: Monday – Friday / 8.45am – 3.15pm
About the role
We are seeking to appoint an ambitious and innovative Learner Support Assistant & Teaching Assistant. You will be skilled at engaging and motivating pupils who find learning a challenge in this all age special school for pupils with specific behaviour learning difficulties including SEMH, ASD/ASC and ADHD. You will play a key role in the school as we strive to further develop new curriculum pathways and effective provision to engage all pupils.
About the School
It is an exciting time to join Heath Farm School. Under the leadership of the new, forward-thinking Headteacher, the school and its team are currently in the process of redesigning and creating a purposeful and unique ‘Heath Farm Curriculum’ that fully meets the holistic needs of our students. We are an independent SEN school that offers a unique and stimulating environment where every pupil is able to make outstanding progress in their personal development and enjoy success in their education.
Our students present with a wide range of needs, including social and emotional issues, learning difficulties, mental health problems and associated conditions. However they are able to enjoy extraordinary outcomes and be happy at school. All classes have excellent ratios of at least 2:1 students and adults. Typically, classes have between 6-9 students. As an independent SEN school we are far removed from the toxicity and bureaucracy found in so many other schools and we are able to abandon ineffective and traditional methods in favour of new, highly effective and tailored initiatives – essentially we do what we know is right for the students in our care.
About the Group
This is your chance to join a high achieving team at Acorn Care and Education, part of the National Fostering Agency Group, we provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.
What we can offer you
• A commitment to support you in developing new skills through a wide range of professional development opportunities and experiences
• The opportunity to make a huge contribution to the education and lives of children who respond very positively to high quality teaching
• A friendly and inclusive working environment
Who are we looking for?
Above all else we are looking for someone with the right attitude and outlook on what education should be about. Ultimately this is about an unconditional love and care for our students, a commitment to meeting their needs and providing them with the best education possible, and a passion for developing and demonstrating the skills students will need in order to be successful in later life. If you are a professional with the ability and ambition to support outstanding learning for children and young people with special education needs, then this is the role for you.
How to Apply
Visits to the school strongly recommended and we are certain that you will be even keener to apply once you see the fabulous and caring approach we take with our students along with our excellent and modern site.
To arrange a visit and/or speak to the Headteacher, please call Jason Pearn on 01233 712030.
Please read the attached Job Description and Person Specification and apply using the link
Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for everyone in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates and, gaps in employment accounted for.