Student Support Assistant

Location Tiverton
Discipline: 1:1 SEN
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £15415 to £15415
Contact name: Alex Moore

Contact email:
Job ref: 51539
Published: about 2 months ago
Startdate: 28/06/2022

Opus Education are currently acting on behalf of a Multi Academy Trust who are looking to appoint a Family Support Assistant. 

The MAT have several sites across Cornwall and Devon, the academy focus on education and supporting students with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Condition and related Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

All students have an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) and are supported in their tutor and teaching groups by teachers and teaching assistants. The acadamies aim to keep our groups small with no more than 10 students, allowing them to deliver the personalised, differentiated learning that enables our students to succeed.

Role Summary

The post holder’s primary purpose is to promote a positive, optimistic attitude to learning, progress and achievement within the school and home, acting as a role model with pupils, families and the wider community.

They will support the Family & Student Support Manager in the development of Family & Student Support and family support in the school community.

They will work alongside the Family & Student Support Manager in the day to day case management of the individual families. The post holder will also need to attend meetings to help provide the support these pupils need.  The post holder will be responsible for coordinating Early Help/Team Around the Child/Children In Need/Child Protection meetings in conjunction with the Family & Student Support Manager, DSL and SENCo, including the preparation of reports for meetings. They will ensure maximum parental engagement in the education and care of their children as well as with school events. They will help to support families at or nearing crisis point, but not yet reaching Children’s Social Care thresholds.  They will monitor CPOMS to ensure all safeguarding concerns are acted upon in a timely way.

What the MAT can offer you

  • The chance to be part of a new and growing school community and to influence how we evolve over the next few years.
  • A brand-new £4.5 million building with state-of-the-art facilities and resources, including laptops for all students and teachers, and Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices for support staff.
  • A strong, happy, experienced team of staff - plus two therapy dogs and a tortoise!
  • Access to high quality CPD, including Team Teach physical intervention training.
  • The opportunity to be involved in developing a new curriculum from scratch.
  • A school day running from 8am-2pm with an early finish of 1:30pm on Fridays.
  • Freshly prepared hot meals provided by our own school chef.
  • The opportunity to work alongside a multi-disciplinary team to provide support for students.
  • Health Assured provide our employees with a range of benefits including funded physiotherapy sessions, counselling sessions, free eye tests, member discounts, great deals and cashback on shopping, travel, and restaurants.

Main Responsibilities and Duties

  • They will be available to attend professional meetings, EHAT/TAM meetings and parental consultations to support families where there are welfare concerns, at the direction of the Family & Student Support Lead, DSL or head teacher.
  • To monitor attendance and liaise with the EWS and other agencies as appropriate to provide families with support to ensure good pupil attendance.
  • To work directly with families identified (or self-referred) as requiring support to ensure the good parenting and welfare of their children both in school and their homes (after appropriate risk assessment and given parental consent) This may on occasion be in the evening early morning or weekends. 
  • To attend all school family attended events, such as parent’s evenings, assemblies and sporting events.
  • They will plan special events such as ‘New Parent Meetings’ and class open days in conjunction with school staff to maximise parental engagement with school and to build positive and trusting relationships with families.
  • To run a well-planned ‘Family Support Group’ with measureable impact on family engagement, parenting skills and mental health. They will prepare a written termly report to the Head Teacher and Governors/Trustees on the impact of their work.

Amongst many other duties, which can be sent on request. 

Skills Required (Essential)

  • Experience of working in a school setting
  • Knowledge of and experience in using emotional and behavioural concepts, anger management, emotional literacy.
  • Experience in using IT and Microsoft Office.
  • Substantial experience of working effectively as a practitioner with young people who would be considered disadvantaged and hard to engage.
  • Full driving licence - aspects of this role require travel)

Skills Required (Desirable)

  • Mini bus driving licence 
  • STORM trained
  • Thrive/Motional Trained
  • Postgraduate qualification in education, youth work or related coaching / tutoring • CPI trained
  • Experience of teaching in a school setting
  • Experience of working with KS3 and KS4 children 

Job Title: Student Support Assistant

Salary: £15,415 Per Annum (Actual)

Contract Type: Temp to Perm/Permanent, Full Time 

If this is a role that you are interested in, please apply within. 

This role is a great opportunity to make a genuine difference in a young persons life.