Name of Organisation : Brantridge School

Position being advertised : Forest School Leader

Closing date for applications : 20th July 2018

Salary (per week, month, year OR negociable, not applicable): TBC

Location: Staplefield, near Haywards Heath

Explain how applicants should contact you / apply: Please download an application form from the school website. http://brantridge-school.co.uk/

Job description: Key Accountabilities:

  • Plan, prepare and lead Forest School activities
  • Support Pupils to participate in forest school activities that enhance their learning
  • Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation of pupil progress
  • Administration and Management of Resources
  • Promote the health & safety of staff and pupils participating in Forest School’s activities

Main Duties and Activities

  • Plan, prepare and deliver purposeful and productive forest school activities for pupils in line with the curriculum map.
  • Be prepared to innovate and devise imaginatively varied ways of teaching the forest school experience to pupils with input from curriculum subject leader and therapists.
  • Encourage pupils and show enthusiasm for the forest school ethos in all school activites.
  • Contribute to the assessment of pupil progress and attainment.
  • Select and use a range of different resources and teaching styles, appropriate to the forest school experience.
  • Ensure that you are familiar with Brantridge School health and safety procedure, and be mindful of your own health and safety and that of the pupils.
  • Promote positive behaviour in the Forest School environment, establish routines and boundaries to ensure the safety of the pupils in line with the Brantridge School Behaviour Management Procedure.
  • Supervise the pupils at all times giving consideration to pupil staff ratios in line with pupil behavior support plans and risk assessments.
  • Work with the School Business Manager to set an annual budget for the Forest School’s provision.
  • Work with the Premises Manager to ensure that an inventory of Forest School’s resources created and maintained.
  • Ensure all Forest School equipment is stored safely and where required locked in a suitable container.
  • Ensure that during Forest School’s activities high risk resources eg knives are accounted for during each lesson.
  • To be a positive role model to all staff and conduct yourself in an appropriate professional manner at all times.
  • To positively support change across the setting.
  • Proactively look for opportunities to support Brantridge School in day to day activities.
  • Contribute to staff meetings.
  • To document appropriate communications to staff.
  • Make themselves familiar with the contents of the Staff Handbook, Brantridge School aims and policies and endeavour to follow these closely.
  • Carry out such duties, including cover for absent colleagues
  • Contribute imaginatively to the cross curricular and Forest School programme at Brantridge School as required by the Principal.
  • Attend parents meetings and similar important functions both in and out of normal Brantridge School hours, and participate in the termly Open Day for parents and pupils.
  • Continue with your professional development and attend any relevant training as required.
  • Take part in Brantridge School performance management scheme and appraisal on an annual basis.
  1. Supporting the Teacher
  • To work with class teachers in the preparation of differentiated forest school activities and prepare materials for the forest school area to ensure an effective learning environment.
  • To provide group and/or individual activities, working alongside the teacher according to the published timetable and for specific programmes of support to achieve learning objectives.
  • To reinforce and support all aspects of behavioural, social and emotional learning.
  • To participate in regular feedback between pupil and teacher.
  • To attend and contribute to staff meetings, open evenings and/or consultation evenings as required by the school.
  1. Support and Management of Pupils
  • To support all pupils in their planned work in all curriculum areas, both in small group situations and individually, clarifying and explaining instructions as required to enable them to complete the work to their full ability.
  • Work with pupils and assist with their specific areas of learning difficulty in order to encourage independence, maintain personal confidence and enable full potential to be reached ultimately with the minimum of supervision.
  • Support and assist pupils advising them on strategies to deal with problems they encounter, seek appropriate professional help when necessary referring to appropriate teaching staff for advice.
  • Build positive relationships with pupils and provide an exemplary role model to encourage them to develop good social skills and become as independent as possible.
  • To liaise with teachers, social workers, external professional colleagues and parents creating an effective team sharing knowledge and information to develop knowledge and understanding of the specific needs of the pupil.
  • To deal with parents/ carers in cases such as: illness, mishaps, lost property etc.
  1. Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • To assist in keeping records of pupil progress and report achievement in line with school policy.
  1. Administration and Management of Resources
  • To provide basic administrative duties such as photocopying, filing, arranging, management of resources, record keeping and collation of basic data.
  1. Other
  • Promote the welfare of pupil and young people and at all times and ensure safeguarding policies and procedures are followed.
  • To undertake break-time duties and responsibilities.
  • To keep records and carry out procedures to satisfy school policies.
  • To eat with and supervise pupils in the dining Room.
  • To take part in educational visits, camps and school journeys.
  • To contribute individual skills in practical, sporting and creative activities.
  • When qualified and approved, to drive school vehicles as required.
  • To take responsibility for own training and development, attending training courses as appropriate.
  • To undertake any other activities as may be reasonably expected.

Level 3 – Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensures thorough induction training for new members of staff participating in forest school activities, providing a role model and mentoring to enable good quality training to take place.
  • Monitor the use of resources and plan purchases to meet the coming needs in forest schools.

Qualifications and training

  • Is studying for or has achieved a recognised qualification appropriate to the job:
  • Level 3 in Forest School Leader qualification.
  • NVQ Level 3 in Health & Social Care or Teaching Assistant.

Person specification : Part-time Forest School Leader

Brantridge School is a residential special school located in Staplefield, near Haywards Heath, designed to meet the educational, behavioural, care and therapeutic needs of up to 54 boys (age 6-13 years).  Our pupils have a range of special needs including Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC).

Brantridge School is a sponsored academy and part of the Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust (OHC&AT) family. As an outstanding provider and Academy sponsor, Orchard Hill College has a strong track record for making a positive impact within the local communities that it serves. Brantridge School has established a strong reputation with children, parents and professionals alike in educating and caring for pupils with challenging behaviour and associated learning difficulties.  You will join a professional and dedicated educational team.

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Forest School Leader to teach our pupils. The successful candidate will have a commitment to developing outstanding practice and the desire to improve educational outcomes and life chances for our pupils. Experience of working within a SEN setting is desirable but not essential. NQTs will be considered.

Brantridge 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. Appointment to this post is subject to a health check and an enhanced DBS disclosure. Visits are warmly welcomed and encouraged, please contact the school office on 01444 400228 or schooloffice@brantridge-school.co.uk to make an appointment.

For further information please contact Diane Brazier, School Business Manager by telephone on 01444 400228 or email d.brazier@brantridge-school.co.uk Please note that CV applications will not be considered. Applications close: 9am; Friday 20th July 2018

Interview dates: TBC

Any other information: Criteria

Assessed by Application Form (A) Interview & Selection Processes (I) Essential = E Desirable = D

Qualifications and Training

  • GCSE or equivalent in maths and English (A) E
  • Level 3 Forest Schools Certificate (A) E
  • Other relevant training eg Forest School First Aid, Child Protection, Behaviour Management, Working with pupils with SEMH and ASC, MAPA (A) D
  • Full Clean Driving Licence (A) D

Knowledge and Experience          

  • Working with children (A, I) E
  • Working in an educational setting (A, I) E
  • Working with children with special needs, BESD/ASC (A, I) D
  • Working as part of a team (A, I) E
  • Working with children from a variety of cultural backgrounds (I) D

Skills and Abilities   

  • Ability to think, write and speak clearly and concisely (A,I) E
  • Ability to communicate well with parents, pupils, care workers, outside agencies (I) E
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team (A,I) E
  • A calm, reassuring and responsive approach (I) E
  • Ability to manage behaviour E
  • Ability to organise and prioritise work and resources (I) E
  • Good ICT skills (A,I) E
  • Practical and theoretical knowledge of behaviour management (I) D

Personal Attributes  (All E)  

  • Confident and self motivated in exercising appropriate initiative (I)
  • A positive, flexible and confident attitude to work and problems (I)
  • A commitment to equality and celebrating diversity (I)
  • Patience and resilience (I)
  • Good level of physical fitness and general health (I)
  • Enthusiasm and drive for working in a SEMH school (I)
  • Ability to take responsibility for own CPD (I)
  • Good sense of humour (I)
  • Unlimited empathy for working with children and a commitment to meeting the needs of the pupils and their families ()

Brantridge School is a special school for boys aged 6-13 located in Staplefield, West Sussex. We are looking to recruit a Forest School Leader two days per week with effect from 3rd September 2018 on a temporary or permanent basis.

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