This job expired on 23 July 2021

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2021

  • Application deadline

    23 July 2021 at 3:00pm

  • Date listed

    7 July 2021

Job details

Working pattern
Contract type
Band F (SCP 12-17). FTE £22,183-£24,491. Actual Pro Rata Salary £19,164-£21,158

Job summary

 The Governing Body of this expanding school are looking to appoint  well qualified, highly motivated, enthusiastic and innovative Pastoral Assistant who will have a significant impact on learning and who are committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.  The purpose of the Pastoral Assistant is to work as a member of the school’s pastoral team, working as a link between the senior pastoral managers and teaching staff within the school. You will interrogate the schools behaviour and attendance data daily to inform your daily work.   You will:  v  Be able to support teaching and learning across KS2, 3 and be a committed Pastoral Assistant working  and work in line with the schools new behaviour regulation system v  Be able to modify challenging behaviour in a firm but supportive manner v  Be child centred v  Be flexible with a good sense of humour   You will be assigned a case load of pupils to work with at a multi-agency level.  You will be on call on the radio to provide support so that children get the ‘right help, at the right time’. You will become a Team Teach tutor to train staff in de-escalation and restrictive physical intervention to support the schools’ development in effective behaviour management and support other schools as part of our inclusion funding obligations.  The focus of your role will be to support the needs of students who have barriers to their learning and need targeted support to raise their aspirations and develop appropriate ‘behaviours for learning’. Barriers to learning could include attendance, home issues, and emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.  The role will focus on working with individual students in order to provide personalised interventions to secure improvements in their behaviour, attendance and outcomes.  The wider role will include running the schools work related learning and enterprise program, in that you will be responsible for the work experience, pupils accessing college and providing support to them in their application and interview stages. You will also maintain regular contact with the year 11 leavers. The person appointed will be required to be flexible around the needs of the school.  A full, clean driving license is essential.  As The Observatory School grows we are creating a team which has high expectations and sets high standards for both pupils and colleagues. If you believe that you fit this description we would like to hear from you.  Application forms are available online at and also from the school office.  For further details please contact the school on 0151 652 7093.  
Completed application forms and supporting letter (no longer than 2 x A4 sides) detailing your  knowledge, skills and experience should be submitted via email to Paula Evans, School Business Manager at   no later than 1500 hours on 23rd July 2021. 

 The school is an Equal Opportunities Employer and positively welcomes applications from all individuals regardless of their sex, gender identity, creed, marital status, race, age, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.  
The Observatory School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check before taking up the post.

 Closing Date: 3 p.m. – 23/07/2021 Shortlisting Date: w/c 26/07/21 Interview Date: TBC after shortlist   

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School overview

School type
Special school, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
School size
90 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Contact phone number
0151 652 7093

About The Observatory School

The Observatory School is a mixed 10-16 community specialist provision for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).  The Observatory School is starting September 2021 with 101 pupils on role in key stage 3 and 4 and we also have a key stage 2 phase.

School location

Bidston Village Road, Prenton, Merseyside, CH43 7QT

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