William Hulme’s Grammar School is the most over-subscribed school in Manchester and one of the most successful comprehensive schools in the country. WHGS is an all-through (3-18) Academy of over 1400 pupils with a wide range of abilities, ethnicities and backgrounds.
The Academy has just opened a brand new Sixth Form Centre, has a two-form entry Primary Phase and has specialist rooms in the Secondary Phase, including equipped science labs, a library and ICT resource centre, music practice rooms, design, technology and art rooms, sports hall with changing facilities, along with full kitchen and dining facilities in Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form.
William Hulme’s Grammar School is a vibrant, multicultural school that welcomes children from all backgrounds and beliefs. We are committed to ensuring that all children receive a first class education that prepares them thoroughly for the future and allows them to play an active role in the life of the school and wider community.
An opportunity has arisen for a Specialist Learning Support Assistant (Social, Emotional & Mental Health) to join the Primary Phase Team at William Hulme’s Grammar School (WHGS), a 3-18 Academy and Manchester’s most over-subscribed non-selective school. It has over 1400 students in total (480 in the Primary Phase) and approximately 200 members of staff (50 in the Primary Phase).
The Primary Phase of William Hulme’s Grammar School (WHGS) is one of the most over-subscribed primary schools in Manchester. We have an excellent reputation and high aspirations for all our children, who enjoy a creatively-rich curriculum and are equipped with the skills that will help them to become responsible members of the local and global community.
Having recently moved into a fantastic new building within the WHGS campus and expanded to two form entry, this is an exciting time to join the school.
The position is full time, term-time only.
We are looking for someone with experience of working with SEND children, particularly with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Experience of play therapy would be beneficial but not essential. The successful candidate must be patient, caring, supportive and willing to work with a committed staff team. The ability to work and communicate well with parents is essential for this post.
Reporting to the Primary Phase Headteacher and SENDCO/Director of Inclusion, the duties will include:
- Having an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the needs of all the pupils on the SEND register under the social, emotional and mental health area of need.
- Building and maintaining successful relationships with students, treating them consistently, with respect and consideration.
- Liaising with teachers, TAs and LSAs who work with pupils within this area of need to ensure the correct support is put in place.
- Ensuring Quality First teaching strategies are in place for pupils within this area of need and support teachers with this process.
- Monitoring the Assess, Plan, Do, Review process for these pupils and any interventions put in place.
- Tracking and monitoring pupils under the social, emotional and mental health area of need and analysing the impact of support in place, providing regular updates to the SENDCO.
- Working with other professionals, such as speech therapists and occupational therapists, as necessary.
We are looking for someone with:
Level 2 Teaching Assistant qualification or higher
- At least 3 years’ experience in supporting children’s learning within the area of SEND
- Good numeracy and literacy
- Ability to communicate well with colleagues and parents
- Ability to work well within a supportive teamwork structure
- Ability to take direction but be prepared to take initiative when required
- Creativity and imagination showing an ability to adapt teaching styles to the needs of pupils
- Sound ICT skills
- Natural authority
Interviews will be held Friday 16 October 2020
William Hulme's Grammar School is part of United Learning, a large, and growing, group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England.
Our schools work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our subject specialists, our Group-wide intranet, our own curriculum and our online learning portal all help us share knowledge and resource, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance.
As a Group, we can reward our staff better: with good career opportunities, better pay, benefits, and ultimately, the satisfaction of helping children to succeed. We invest in our staff wellbeing. Our academies each have at least eight INSET days per year (with three of those solely dedicated to planning), and an ongoing group-wide wellbeing programme. It's an ethos we call ‘the best in everyone’.
William Hulme's Grammar 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.