Learning Support Assistant
Location: Heath Farm School, Ashford, Kent.
Salary: Up to £15,296 dependent on experience
Hours: Full Time, 8.45am – 3.15pm, Monday to Friday
Contract: Permanent, Term Time only
We are seeking to appoint an ambitious and innovative Learner Support 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 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:
We are part of Acorn Education and Care. We 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.
Acorn Education and Care is part of the Outcomes First Group.
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 deliver outstanding learning for children and young people with special education needs, then this is the role for you.
Why work for us?
- Social activities
- "Your Wellbeing Matters"
- Employee Rewards Hub
- Free School meals on site
- No two days are ever the same
- Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
- Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
- Continuous professional development and training for a clear career path
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.
Applications are invited online though the Acorn Education and care website www.acorncare.co.uk. If you have any further questions regarding how to apply please contact the Headteacher, Jason Pearn on 01233 712030.
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 fully Enhanced DBS. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best outcome possible for everybody in our care.
A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for.