Assistant Teacher SEND and Pastoral Specialist

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This Assistant Teacher offer is for South Africans ready to take on the responsibilities that will be conferred on them as the Assistant Teacher SEND and Pastoral Specialist.

If you want to be part of this enabling experience, you can read on to learn the requirements for this program. 

Assistant Teacher SEND and Pastoral Specialist

Birkenhead School, founded in 1860, is an HMC independent day school providing education for boys and girls drawn from the whole of the Wirral, Liverpool, and as far afield as Chester and North Wales. Situated in the leafy suburb of Oxton, the School enjoys excellent facilities.

The main campus has a village green atmosphere, with classrooms and laboratories looking out over the cricket square. There are ongoing and substantial investments in facilities. Birkenhead School prides itself on being a family school and this has been greatly strengthened by the opening of the Nursery in 2006. It is attractive to parents to have all their children in one school and it is a great advantage for the School to be able to establish strong, long-lasting relationships with families.

A key feature of the School is its strength of community, which runs through the student, staff and parental bodies. The School is embedded within the wider Wirral community and has strong links with local businesses and charities. The Role And Responsibilities We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and empathetic Level 3 (or similar skills/experience) Teaching Assistant.

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The main responsibility of the role is 1-1 support in class and on a 1-1 basis for our EHCP students in Key Stage 3 with a range of additional needs including Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Dyscalculia and Sensory Processing needs. In addition, the role would involve supporting students across the school with pastoral matters. The specific responsibilities would include some 1-1 support for students across the curriculum, leading 1-1 and small group interventions for mental health, social skills and sensory needs, and providing additional adult support at lunch and break time.

There would be the expectation of providing some cover for absence where necessary. We would particularly like to hear from Teaching Assistants with the expertise to support our extensive co-curricular programme.

Working under the direct instruction of teaching/senior staff, usually in the classroom with the teacher, our Teaching Assistants support access to learning for students and provide general support to the teacher in the management of the students and the classroom. They also take responsibility for agreed learning activities under an agreed system of supervision.

The pastoral element to the role would provide both academic and wider welfare support to students within Seniors, predominantly Years 7 and 8, with occasional support across all year groups, including Prep. Skills And Knowledge • Level 3 for Teaching Assistants or equivalent experience or skills. • Excellent numeracy/literacy/ICT skills. • Experience of planning, delivering and reviewing 1-1 and small group social skills interventions. • An understanding of effective behaviour management strategies is desirable, with confidence in promoting positive behavior in children with Autism and co-occurring mental health difficulties. • Knowledge of SEND, Code of Practice, and Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures.

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Personal Attributes • To have a genuine concern for children’s development • The ability to make the provision educational and fun for children • Enthusiastic and innovative • The ability to communicate effectively with children, parents, and staff • To have a gentle, consistent, and nurturing approach • Be enthusiastic, confident and diligent • Be creative and practical • Demonstrates enthusiasm, self-motivation, integrity, positivity and resilience • Ability to multitask and work to tight deadlines • Ability to work on own initiative and collaboratively The full list of responsibilities can be found on the Information for Candidates, available on the School website under Employment Opportunities. Hours This is a part-time, temporary position (determined by EHCP funding), anticipated to be 27 hours per week working 36 weeks of the year.

The post holder will be required to work as necessary to carry out the duties of the role. All staff are expected to attend INSET and staff training. Benefits We will value and support your contribution to School life and in return provide you with excellent rewards; • Working with fantastic children and staff • Membership of the Employee Assistance Programme • Membership of the Pension Scheme • Free use of the fully equipped on-site gym • Support for your continuous professional development • Lunch provided during term time Application A letter of application indicating skills and experience, together with a completed application form, including the names and email addresses of at least two referees, should be sent for the attention of the Deputy Head via Cheryl Wallace, Personnel and Compliance Manager. Candidates are welcome to contact Mrs Jenny Williams, SENDCo at Birkenhead School with any questions relating to the role.

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To meet our safeguarding obligations, an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check is undertaken as part of the recruitment process for all new staff. As Birkenhead School is an educational provider, it is permitted to ask whether an applicant has any convictions, cautions, reprimands, or final warnings which would not be filtered in line with current guidance, as defined by The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020). It is a criminal offence for an individual who is barred from working with children to apply for a role that is classed as a regulated activity.

The closing date for applications is: 9.00 am Thursday 5th October 2023 We reserve the right to close this vacancy and complete the recruitment process when we are in receipt of sufficient applications. Should you wish to apply for this post you are advised to complete and submit your application form as soon as possible

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