Our salaries will not be pro rata'd to take out the school holidays.Do you think you can develop strong professional relationships with pupils in schools? Do you have the drive to make a difference and support pupils with life challenges? If you can answer YES to these two questions, then read on as this role might be just for you.
Here at Abbeywood, you need to be passionate about working in a fast paced environment and be prepared to change gears at any moment. As the Deputy Pastoral Manager you need to be comfortable "wearing many hats" while in work: that of the classroom supporter, the entertainer, the counsellor, the good cop and at times the less good cop, (putting in boundaries and sometimes saying the words "No, because.......") All these roles will be helping our pupils to remain calm and engaged in their learning in the classroom. That is our commitment to them and their outcomes. As the Deputy Pastoral Care Manager you will be key in building relationships with hard to reach pupils, supporting them to make good choices both in school and outside of school to ensure they are safe wherever they are.
If you've already been working with young people, maybe in a school, where you've been inspired to take up the challenges that pupils can throw at you and change lives for the better then this role maybe for you. Your stick-ability makes a real difference to our pupils. We want you to join our school and use that stick-ability to help us change the lives of our pupils for the better.
As a The Deputy Pastoral Manager at Abbeywood School, we have the same outlook as you. We know that enabling positive outcomes for young people facing complex challenges isn't an overnight fix. That's why we need a committed and exciting individual, who is ready to start work every day with a fresh outlook and welcome the children into their learning opportunities. Our work with the children isn't about us; we are a team who are all about the children all of the time.
The great thing for you is, you won't be alone in your goal to have a positive impact on our pupils' lives. You'll have all the support you need from the team.
You will need to be able to build trusting relationships with our pupils to help them manage the learning challenges of the day. We all wear different hats here and in order for our pupils to succeed, you will need to think on your feet. It's about coaxing their confidence both academically and socially - helping them feel safe, accepted and understood.
Day to day, you'll carry out just some of these areas listed:
- Support other staff members with pupils who are experiencing challenges with learning
- Coach and mentor staff members to get the best from our pupils in and out of the classroom
- Support pupils with worries and concerns and help them get support from the right people in and out of the school
- Work one-to-one with pupils to support them into making better choices about their behaviour and how they can react
- Help to keep disruption to a minimum in the school and de-escalate any challenges you do face with your impressively calm, rational approach.
- Write and review risk assessments and positive behaviour plans, as well as reviewing data from incidents, looking for trends or ways we can do even better to support our pupils through our unique ITAC meetings.
- Work closely with our therapists to make sure every pupil gets all the mental health support they need to be able to enjoy a fulfilling school experience.
Working with us
It would be great if you have had experience in a similar role, and hold a nationally recognised qualification for working with children and young people. We'd also love to see up-to-date welfare, safeguarding and child protection knowledge as well as evidence of great team working skills. Ideally you will have some knowledge of PBS (Positive Behaviour Support) or be willing to learn quickly. You may also have experience of physical intervention techniques, such as Team Teach or Price. You will need to be competent to use a computer and articulate to deal with parents and carers as well as local authority personnel. Having a friendly and engaging personality is key in this role. Our pupils love fun filled people who can laugh at themselves and show themselves to be humans, not machines. Plus, you'll of course need the kind of resilience that will send you home from even the most challenging of working days with a sense of satisfaction that you've done your best. If you're emotionally strong and good in a team, we can offer a role with exciting prospects.
Benefits and Support
The progression opportunities here are plentiful and, with all the support we'll give you, there's nothing to stop you from taking them. Promoting from within is what helps us to keep our team strong and consistent, so if you have ambitions for the future, we can provide the platform and pathway for that through a number of our in-house development programmes.
But that's not all. Join us and you'll be entitled to a benefits package that includes:
- A salary and benefits package that's among the best in our sector including paid summer holidays.
- Contributory Pension Scheme matched up to 5%.
- Full school holidays, including bank holidays.
- A comprehensive induction package and ongoing training.
- Medicash Health Plan, Employee Assistance and Cycle to Work Scheme.
- We'll also cover the cost of your Enhanced DBS check.
The Witherslack Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its young people. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community.
For a full job description and person specification, please see the attached document.