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Crestwood Community School

Learning Support Assistant (SEMH Specialist)

Closing date: 19/09/2021 at 12:00

Contract/Hours: Permanent , Full-time

Salary Type: Support Staff

Salary Details: Grade C. Full-time actual salary £14,772 - £15,558 (depending on experience)

Hours of Work: Full-time: Monday-Friday 8.15am-3.30pm, term time only

Location of Role: Crestwood Community School - Shakespeare and Cherbourg Road Campuses

Contact e-mail address: hr@crestwood.hants.sch.uk

Job/Person Summary

Crestwood Community School is one school, with two campuses serving central Eastleigh. We are looking to appoint Learning Support Assistants to offer support for students with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. We are looking for someone who can play an active role in contributing to the already high standards within this team.  

Learning Support Assistants work closely with class teachers to foster effective participation of students in the demands of the curriculum. This will include: working with individuals or groups of pupils in learning activities, supporting assessment tasks, accompanying students on educational visits and other duties as directed by senior staff within the Learning Support Team. 

The school runs two resourced provisions: one for Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD), the other for Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH). We are therefore a unique place to gain deep experience across a broad range of learning needs.

We are looking to recruit a specialist SEMH Learning Support Assistant to work as part of our resourced provision supporting students with specific social, emotional and mental health needs. Duties will include: helping to develop a holistic approach to meeting Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs, enabling learners to make good progress by working with teachers, other support staff, families and external agencies, assisting with the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour Plans, Risk Assessments, Personal Care and Therapy Care programmes and establishing therapeutic relationships with students and interacting with them according to individual needs. 

This position will require someone who can empathise with students whilst holding them to high expectations. Good communication skills and an ability to clarify and explain instructions clearly are essential. You must be professionally discreet, have well developed interpersonal skills and a good sense of humour. The ability to build appropriate and effective relationships with staff, students and parents is essential.  All applicants must have good basic literacy and numeracy skills and the physical stamina to effectively support a range of students. You should ideally have some previous experience of working with children/ young people with special education needs or mental health issues.  

Crestwood Community School had their most recent Ofsted inspection in June 2018, which confirmed that we continue to be a ‘good’ school. We also achieved outstanding gradings in Personal Development and Behaviour and Leadership. They also said that as a school we are “passionately committed to providing a first-class inclusive education for all pupils; tenacious in their pursuit of additional resources and approaches to continually improve provision.”  This is a happy school, where staff and students want to be. The “Crestwood Family” pervades through everything we do.

Application Procedure

Please download details and a Support Staff Application form from the school website www.crestwood.hants.sch.uk located under the School Information / Vacancies tab. Send your completed application form to: hr@crestwood.hants.sch.uk. 

Please note we cannot accept a CV as a means of application.

Safer Recruitment

Crestwood Community School and Hampshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

About us

Address: Shakespeare Road, Boyatt Wood, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 4FZ

Telephone: 023 8064 1232

Website: http://crestwood.hants.sch.uk/

Application form