SEN Assistant and Learning Mentor

HEARTS Academy Trust, Wickford

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Job Ref No. ECC0-36 Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: Band 3, point 6 - 11
Position Start Date: Immediate Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 26/06/2022 Midnight Date of Interviews: to be confirmed  

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SENDCo Assistant and Learning Mentor

Working Hours 30 hours per week. Covering 15 Hours per week in each school (Waterman Primary School and Stambridge Primary School)

Working Weeks 39 weeks per year

Payscale HEARTS Band 3, range point 6 to 11

Salary Range £20,043 to £22,129 FTE

Actual Salary £13,807 to £15,244 per annum

Are you looking for your next challenge? Do you relish the chance to really make a difference to pupils? Do you have experience of working with children within a school setting? If so, this may be the role for you.

The position will initially cover two schools within the HEARTS Academy Trust, Waterman Primary School and Stambridge Primary School, working 15 hours per week in each school.

We are looking for a new team member who will be able to:-

  • Assist in leading and managing the provision of special educational needs learning support, taking on the role of Assistant SENDCo
  • Support high quality teaching, effective use of resources, and effective systems and processes to ensure good provision for pupils with special educational needs.
  • Encourage the inclusion of pupils who are at risk of social exclusion, those who may have emotional and/or behavioural difficulties by demonstrating the use of positive mentoring strategies and behaviour management techniques designed to develop the pupil's ability to engage in learning and social environments appropriately
  • Make a practical contribution to the implementation of an agreed 'action plan' designed to address a pupil's individual learning needs and/or the development of positive behaviour management systems in the school that are designed to promote and reinforce appropriate behaviour

The primary role of the Assistant SENDCo is support the day-to-day operational work of the SENDCo. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • uphold and promote HEARTS values in all aspects of your work
  • assist in the leadership of learning support staff
  • assist the SENDCo in leading the provision for special educational needs within school, liaising with the Headteacher as required
  • manage appropriate SEND resources and to ensure that they are used efficiently, effectively and safely
  • develop curriculum resources to ensure that pupils with SEND have the necessary levels of support
  • support the SENDCo in managing the implementation of an inclusive curriculum
  • support the SENDCo in sustaining the effective teaching of pupils with SEND across the school leading to high quality outcomes
  • teach classes and groups as allocated by the SENDCo and/or the Headteacher
  • cover classes if requested

The primary role of a Learning Mentor is to support those most vulnerable pupils in school with achieving success in school and promoting positive achievement:

  • establish and co-ordinate links with a variety of agencies working with pupils who are at risk of under achievement and/or social exclusion.
  • provide direct support for an identified group of pupils and where appropriate their parents/carers with the aim of reducing truancy and exclusion
  • in conjunction with designated school staff, devise and implement an action plan that seeks to address a pupil's learning needs and remove any barriers to learning. To do this through the use of a mentoring model, working alongside pupils and school staff, advocating effective models of support for individuals and groups.
  • assist, where appropriate, with the induction, training and supervision of other support staff working with target group pupils.
  • provide and develop specialist resources and contribute to the development of specialist support models.
  • producing a variety of resources for the pupil/class/school designed to support an individual's learning/behaviour programme and/or support whole class/school positive behaviour systems
  • assisting in the delivery of training packages to a variety of school-based staff, specifically teaching assistants and midday assistants
  • participating in the evaluation and review of the agreed support in conjunction with other behaviour support/school staff
  • attending and leading relevant meetings
  • attending regular supervision meetings with colleagues to report on pupil achievement and progress as well as team meetings/joint problem-solving meetings
  • being aware of and working within the service policies in relation to Inclusion, Child Protection and physical contact with children.

The duties above are neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may be required by the headteacher to carry out appropriate duties within the context of the job, skills and grade

About HEARTS

HEARTS is a small innovative Academy Trust of six primary schools and an enhanced provision for pupils with SEMH challenges. All provisions are based in the south of Essex. Our values are central to all that we do. We work tirelessly to ensure that happiness and hope, self-esteem, achievement, respect and responsibility, truth, spirituality and service are embedded into the curriculum. Our pupils are well-rounded individuals who are ready to face the challenges offered to them. These values are at the heart of all we do and fundamental to our working relationships as well as our pupils' learning. We have high expectations of our employees and offer support and continued development opportunities for all. We expect our employees to live the HEARTS values in their work and relationships with other employees and the community.

The Board of Trustees are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, medical check, prohibited from teaching check and references. References are taken up prior to interview.

We can offer you:

  • an excellent CPD entitlement with purposeful training, including Trust-wide twilights throughout the year
  • a two-week October half term
  • supportive colleagues who want to provide the best possible opportunities for their pupils
  • a highly effective learning environment
  • a responsive and involved leadership team
  • a Trust with a highly positive culture that supports all staff; mental health, workload and wellbeing are at the forefront of our vision and values
  • access to our trust counsellor and network of Mental Health and Wellbeing champions
  • Flexible working including home working.

For further information about the HEARTS Academy Trust please visit our website at www.heartsacademytrust.co.uk. All of our schools are judged good or outstanding.

Conditional Offer: Pre-Employment Checks

Any offer to a successful candidate will be conditional upon:

  • Verification of right to work in the UK
  • Receipt of at least two satisfactory references (if these have not already been received)
  • Verification of identity checks and qualifications
  • Prohibition from teaching check
  • Satisfactory enhanced DBS
  • Verification of professional status
  • Satisfactory completion of a health assessment
  • Satisfactory completion of the probationary period (where relevant)
  • Where the successful candidate has worked or been resident overseas in the previous five years, such checks and confirmations as may be required in accordance with statutory guidance

You should be aware that provision of false information is an offence and could result in your application being rejected or summary dismissal if you have been selected, as well as possible referral to the police and/or DBS and/or other relevant investigating bodies.

Information about the School

HEARTS is a small innovative Academy Trust of six primary schools and an alternative provision for pupils with SEMH challenges. All provisions are based in the south of Essex. Our values are central to all that we do. We work tirelessly to ensure that happiness and hope, self-esteem, achievement, respect and responsibility, truth, spirituality and service are embedded into the curriculum. Our pupils are well-rounded individuals who are ready to face the challenges offered to them. These values are at the heart of all we do and fundamental to our working relationships as well as our pupils' learning. We have high expectations of our employees and offer support and continued development opportunities for all. We expect our employees to live the HEARTS values in their work and relationships with other employees and the community.

The Trustees are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, medical check, prohibited from teaching check and references. References are taken up prior to interview.

We can offer you: an excellent CPD entitlement with purposeful training, including Trust-wide twilights throughout the year a two-week October half term supportive colleagues who want to provide the best possible opportunities for their pupils a highly effective learning environment a responsive and involved leadership team an 80/20% teaching model (all teachers receive an additional 10% non-contact (PPA) time each week as part of Trust policy) a school with a highly positive culture that supports all staff; mental health, workload and wellbeing are at the forefront of our vision and values access to our school counsellor and network of Mental Health and Wellbeing champions

For further information about the HEARTS Academy Trust please visit our website at www.heartsacademytrust.co.uk

All of our schools are judged good or outstanding.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.

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Information about the school

Contact Information

Louise Allbury - Trust Business Manager
2 Mount Road, Wickford
Essex, SS11 8HE
Telephone: 01268 572672
Email: recruitment@heartsacademy.uk

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