The landscape of education and the lived experience of children is changing; schools have a civic duty to build a sustainable and equitable future for the next generation. Odyssey Trust for Education recognises the invaluable role of skilled associate staff in this endeavour and are looking to recruit forward thinking, flexible staff who are passionate about the education and life opportunities of all students, whatever barriers they face.
King Henry School is a popular non-selective Academy which caters for 1688 students, including over 250 in our successful Sixth Form in the heart of the London Borough of Bexley. You will be joining at an important time in our work as part of Odyssey Trust for Education alongside Townley Grammar School, enhancing your opportunities for career development and professional experience.
We are committed to prioritising the wellbeing of our staff as professionals as well as constantly striving to improve teaching and learning practice. We have ten CPD days over the academic year, weekly bespoke CPD for staff as well as a two-week half term in October. You will be respected as a professional colleague and work with inspirational students every day.
We believe that every student should have the opportunity to be extraordinary through developing academic, physical and emotional confidence. This means having the courage to take risks and learn from their mistakes. Success in education, as in sport, is the result of successive small failures followed by ever increasing challenges. As we tell our students; “Everything worth achieving is outside your comfort zone.”
Inclusion of all students is at the forefront of our work at King Henry School where we believe there should be no child left behind. The role of and Inclusion and Support Assistant is key to achieving this; the right candidate will be passionately motivated to contribute to education of children who struggle to access school communities and curriculum. You may have experience as a teaching assistant with children with special educational needs or you may thrive working as a mentor, to promote safety and success in children. As an Inclusion and Support Assistant you will use your personality, experience and the bespoke induction process at Odyssey Trust to work in a range of roles. You may use your skills in class, support behavioural intervention or provide essential provision for individual students with particular needs to be part of a team where best practice is shared to provide support for our students and their families. You will need strong, positive support in our school for such a sensitive role and we would expect you to seize the opportunity to have professional supervision supplied by the school; we believe that our students can only depend on well-supported staff.
Your career so far may have been in the classroom, as an associate staff member, in youth programmes or the health and social care sector but pastoral provision for children will have underpinned the majority of your experience. You will be able to advocate for the most vulnerable in society as well as successfully collaborating with other adults whose role it is to help. You will be looking for something above the usual expectations of school support roles and will want clear trajectories for promotion within a Multi-Academy Trust. You will enjoy variation in your work, be unfazed by the unpredictable and want clear targeted outcomes in order to prove your successes. Our school development plan focusses on the attainment and experience of vulnerable groups, so your work will be valued and supported by all school stakeholders.
The school is located 15 minutes away from the Dartford Tunnel, M25 and Abbey Wood Crossrail and the A2 is 10 minutes away.
The position offers professional challenge and a rewarding opportunity supported by talented and dedicated colleagues. King Henry School is part of the new Odyssey Trust for Education with unprecedented collaborative support of Townley Grammar School to provide excellent professional development opportunities. With us, you can make a difference.
The school offers a full induction programme for all new members of staff with excellent professional development opportunities.
Closing date: 2nd November
Interviews: w/c 9th November
The school is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
The School operates a no smoking policy
King Henry School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.