Thrive Practitioner

Job title:              Thrive Practitioner

Salary:                 £18,500- £23,000 per annum

Location:             Wessex Lodge School   

Contact:              Permanent

Hours:                 37.5 hours per week        

About role

We are delighted to have the opportunity for an enthusiastic, highly motivated and flexible Thrive Practitioner to join our friendly and dynamic team at Wessex Lodge School.

You will be required to deliver the highest quality of education, care and preparation for life for all students aged 8-18 years, both in our School and at our Therapeutic Farm in Maiden Bradley.  Furthermore, you must be able to contribute to the whole school’s planning of activities - with an emphasis on delivering the curriculum through the environment. The outdoors is a crucial part of the teaching and learning, so enthusiasm for working on a farm would also be most beneficial.

Having a keen interest in encouraging and inspiring even the most challenging of minds is a must and previous experience of working with students on the Autistic Spectrum, or young people with Special Educational Needs, or Specific Learning Difficulties would be advantageous; having fun through learning is vital for our students and an outside the box mentality is a plus.

Essential Criteria

  • Childhood or Adolescent Practitioner with current Licence to practise (evidence in application and to be brought to interview)
  • Experience of Right time and Reparative work with Thrive Approach (Interview question)
  • Sound underpinning knowledge of Thrive Approach (interview question)
  • Experience of working with Thrive Approach on a 1:1 basis and supporting whole school embedding (interview question)
  • Working knowledge of Thrive online (Interview question/task)
  • Sound understanding of ‘Ways of being’ with a child or young person (interview question)

About us

Wessex Lodge School comprises of three main sites: Wessex Lodge School, the main school where classroom-based activities take place; The Arc, which is mainly for the younger children and Triskele Farm, an alternative provision which is Care farm around 20 minutes’ drive from the main site. We have grown to support 40 students, aged 8-18. The majority of these students are day placements. Each student has individual needs based on developmental challenges, Social Emotional Mental Health difficulties or Autism. We support them using individual plans and the THRIVE approach.

The established staff team come from a variety of previous occupations and have individual skills, which can be utilised, within this school. So, if you have an interest and/or qualifications in animal care, horticulture, construction, outdoor education, forestry or any other specific trade or hobby, we would love to hear from you!

Why join Acorn Education & Care? 


Your health and wellbeing are important to us, so you’ll get an exceptional reward package including:

  • Life Assurance
  • Pension scheme with options to increase your contributions
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters” – access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services and physical health checks

And a market-leading benefit offering through our Flexible Benefits Platform, Vista, enables you to choose the package that’s right for you, including:

  • A wide range of health, wellbeing, and insurance benefits
  • 100’s of discount options valid in the UK and abroad
  • Cycle to Work Schemes
  • Electric Car Purchase Scheme
  • Critical illness cover

And that’s not all, we place the outcomes of the children and vulnerable young adults in our services at the heart of everything we do, so you’ll wake every day in the knowledge that your role will have a significant positive impact on the lives of others.

We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to a fully enhanced DBS.

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