Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School is a nurturing and friendly school where each person is valued and respected as an individual. We provide pupils with a broad and balanced education in a calm, safe and understanding setting in order for them to progress and succeed. We restore confidence in pupils in an inspiring learning culture. All our pupils are provided with opportunities and experiences to be encouraged, supported and challenged, as they develop the love of learning. All pupils in the school have complex learning and behavioural needs and all have Education, Health and Care plans that are met through the careful planning and delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum.
The successful candidate will want to embrace all aspects of our therapeutic school life and embrace Eton Dorney’s vision and core values. The position of Teaching Assistant is a critical component in the realisation of our school’s mission statement: ‘Eton Dorney provides young people aged 8-18 with a broad and balanced education in order for them to progress and succeed in sustained education or employment. We do this through high quality teaching and learning based on effective relationships that enable the achievement of life skills and meaningful qualifications.'
At Eton Dorney School, we place high value on individualised professional development, regardless of career path for all school staff. Graded “Good” at its first inspection in November 2018 the candidate for this role must be aspirational and bring considerable experience to the table to be able to lead with the Headteacher to deliver the vision and values of the school.
The candidate will have a passion for working with pupils and assisting them on their journey, which may have included all manner of set-backs in and outside of education. Acting as a role model for young people and building young people’s confidence to aspire in chosen career choices, and support in making positive choices to support their learning, mental health and overall wellbeing.
- To manage, support and develop a group of marginalized young people and their families by building trusting relationships through the use of individual sessions, group work, family visits and other interventions.
- To provide practical support to the teacher/other learning support assistants/HLTA and pupils
- To consistently promote positive values, attitudes and behaviour
- To support pupils in their learning and development in small groups or with individual pupils as directed treating them with respect and consideration
- To help raise standards of achievement for all pupils
- To encourage the social and emotional development of pupils
- To encourage pupils to participate in all aspects of school life
- To help pupils to become more independent
- To promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils
- To embed safeguarding and inclusion principles at the heart of all practice.
What we looking for from you
- A relevant minimum Level 3 qualification in working with young people, e.g. teaching, youth and community work, social work, counselling, mentoring
- Level 2 English and Maths
- DBS (Enhanced level)
- Experience of working with our cohort of young people including those with complex, behavioural, and additional learning needs.
- Extensive behaviour management experience with students who have complex needs and extreme behaviour
- A knowledge of behavioural management techniques and understanding of de-escalation techniques
- An understanding of the social, emotional, and intellectual needs of young people and families
- Resilient and able to cope effectively with change and in a challenging environments
- A knowledge and understanding of influences on parenting and parent-child relationships.
- Competency with certain IT application, specifically MS word, Excel, internet and Explorer.
Rewards and benefits:
- Competitive salary
- Access to our company car lease scheme (exclusion apply)
- Company pension scheme
- Comprehensive induction and ongoing training
- Group staff benefits such as access to company health scheme and employee assistance
Reference ID: ED - TA
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent
Eton Dorney Independent Therapeutic School 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.