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We are seeking to appoint a full time Pastoral Care and Lunchtime Manger (37 hours per week). This post could be a September start or could start earlier which would give the successful candidate time to work alongside the person currently in post.
Dunmow St Mary's places a high emphasis on supporting pupils' wellbeing and emotional needs. If children feel safe and are not anxious then they can learn. Nurture is one of our core values and we believe in listening to and understanding children in order to support them best. This is an exciting job opportunity for somebody who has excellent listening skills and is able to use restorative techniques to support children in resolving issues.
The post is varied and interesting: it encompasses mentoring children who are finding an aspect of their school life difficult, talking to parents and supporting staff with children who struggle to regulate their emotions and behaviour. It also involves taking responsibility for the lunchtime team and overseeing an environment where the children can have happy and successful lunchtimes.
All behaviour is a form of communication or represents an unmet need. Children can struggle to verbalise their feelings or their needs and this sometimes presents as challenging behaviour. We are looking for someone who can support children to manage their behaviour to ensure they are fully included in school life.The successful candidate will have extensive experience of working with children and relevant qualifications will be looked upon favourably. They will be able to respond to the individual needs of a child using a wide range of behavioural strategies to guide children to making more positive choices. They will look to build trusted relationships and be able to help develop the self-esteem and confidence of the children they work with.They will be able to build relationships across the school community working closely with classroom teachers and senior leaders. They will be confident in contacting parents and providing feedback and have exceptional communication and listening skills. In return they will be joining a friendly, supportive and dynamic team of education professionals determined to achieve the best outcomes for every child in the school.
Dunmow St. Mary's Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. This appointment will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and supportive references.
Visits to the school are encouraged. Please contact the school office if you would like to arrange this.
Information about the School
Dunmow St Mary's Primary School is a popular and friendly school in spacious and well-established grounds. We have an outstanding curriculum, based on first hand child centred experiences. We are very well resourced for all curriculum areas and our wonderful school library reflects the importance we place on the enjoyment of books and reading. As a Training School for the Cambridge University Primary PGCE course, we can provide many training and development opportunities for our own staff.