Are you passionate about music and have teaching assistant experience with behavioural and SEN support knowledge, and looking for a new challenge?
SupaJam is a music focused Post 16 Specialist Provider currently supporting 85 students in our Swanley base, the majority of whom have EHC plans and a variety of SEN needs or who have previously disengaged from mainstream education.
Our students and staff are united by their passion for music, and with our support, engage in the RSL Music Practitioners syllabus, as well as English and Maths and additional programmes that cover SMSC, British Values, Practical Musicianship and work experience. working with 85 vulnerable and disadvantaged 16-25 year olds.
We have recently added our own 32 channel purpose built recording studio to our existing live music venue in Swanley and completed a professional radio studio and station at our Canterbury base.
At SupaJam, we pride ourselves on the opportunities that we are able to give every student, from meeting and workshopping with professional music industry specialists to working alongside the multi award winning Black Deer music festival.
Our ethos is to be forward thinking, caring and encouraging whilst providing a structured, supportive and non-judgemental environment, allowing all our young people to thrive and achieve to their full potential. Indeed, last year 85% of our leavers achieved places at university!
Supported by the senior leadership team and managers, our teaching assistants, which we call Learning Support Practitioners or LSP’s, work hand in hand with their teachers as well as the pastoral and safeguarding teams, to allow every student to achieve at their own pace.
Being an LSP at SupaJam is unlike any other job in education. Our young people have all struggled in life, often through no fault of their own, and battled a range of special educational needs. At SupaJam we celebrate these young people and support them in becoming the amazing and inspiring adults we know they can become.
Who we are looking for:
You will have an understanding of managing challenging behaviour and be able to apply this knowledge to build relationships with a diverse range of young people.
Confident to challenge, your positive attitude will support you in building rapport with our students. You will need to have a friendly yet professional and respectful approach which demonstrates support and shows mutual respect. Along with sound interpersonal skills, you will also be able to demonstrate strong emotional intelligence.
This is a challenging role, but the rewards are incomparable to any other job. You will be working in an environment where the little things that you do every day could have life-changing results. Therefore, candidates must have a strong desire to help young, disadvantaged people achieve and the ability to communicate with them at their level.
Those who have experience in the following areas would be of particular interest:
- Youth work
- Learning mentor in secondary environment
- Probation Service/Youth Offending
You will have:
- A passion for music
- The ability to play musical instruments is an advantage but not required for the correct candidate
- Minimum grade C or equivalent in Maths and English
- Experience of managing challenging behaviour
- Previous teaching assistant experience (with SEN students is desirable)
- A willingness to manage challenging behaviour
- An eagerness to ‘go the extra mile
- A sense of humour
- The ability to remain calm in testing situations and able to come back the next day and do it all again with a smile.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Assisting Special Needs students with various activities and their diploma work
- Preparing and clearing the classroom
- Assisting classroom tutors with daily duties
- Assisting the SupaJam teachers in the preparing, teaching and marking of RSL’s Music Practitioner qualifications at Levels 1, 2 and 3.
- Taking individuals or small groups of students during lessons and assisting with their learning
- Being familiar with all student learning requirements and in particular in Educational Health Care Plans (EHCP’s).
- Assist with Functional Skills teaching if required.
- Contributing to the musical and social enrichment for the students.
- Safeguarding young people.
- Occasionally assisting on trips
As part of our safer recruitment process, all candidates must complete the application form.
Safeguarding Statement: As an organisation we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students. Therefore, this appointment will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.
We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.
SupaJam Education in Music and Media is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.