Join Athena - Inspiring World-Class Education Together!
At Athena, we are a passionate and forward-looking educational organisation committed to providing world-class education and helping individuals lead great lives. Our core values of "Dream Big, Take Responsibility, and Be Kind" guide our mission to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment where everyone can excel and grow.
At Athena, we believe in the power of education to transform lives and shape a brighter future. We are dedicated to fostering a strong sense of community, where students, educators, and parents collaborate to achieve academic excellence and personal growth. Our commitment to "Dream Big, Take Responsibility, and Be Kind" underpins everything we do, inspiring our students to aim high, take ownership of their learning, and treat each other with respect and compassion.
We are inspired by wisdom, creativity and learning. Determined to create a world where all children get to go to great schools, our mission is to provide the knowledge and education to bring opportunities, choices and freedom.
If you want to be part of an inspirational team of big thinkers who will support you to develop your full potential and value your knowledge, passion, wellbeing and commitment, it sounds like you could be on your way to joining us and becoming an Athenian.
The purpose of this role is to provide all pastoral support to our students with a focus on essential behaviour and safeguarding support with the primary goal of promoting their overall development and progress.
This role will embody the Athena values and take responsibility for their part in delivering world class education for our students. You will look forward and dream big so that we continually learn to provide the very best support to our students.
Key areas of responsibility - What will you be doing
Work closely with the Safeguarding team and Key Stage leads to gain a deep understanding of the students' needs and the support required for their well-being.
Stay informed about relevant policies, procedures, and legislation concerning student welfare, safeguarding, and data protection.
Collaborate with external agencies such as Social Services, KOOTH, CAMHS, and the School Nurse to enhance the support network available to students.
Play a major role in caring for and guiding students ensuring a safe and supportive environment.
Prioritise the well-being of vulnerable students, including pupil premium and SEN students, within the assigned responsibility area.
Develop open and positive channels of communication with students to gain their trust and encourage them to share their concerns.
Respond promptly to identified concerns from staff or students themselves, addressing urgent issues effectively.
Support great attendance for our students with prompt and thorough follow up, including liaison with parents/carers and advising on interventions.
Provision of early help support, attendance to TAF meetings and keeping accurate records of these cases.
Clarity and Energy
Foster a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere for students showing genuine care and empathy in interactions.
Assist tutors and other staff members in maintaining strong communication with parents/guardians to create a supportive partnership in students' development.
Work with the safeguarding team to support meetings with students and parents/guardians as necessary, providing clear guidance and support tailored to their needs.
Support with high-energy daily greeting, weekly assemblies
Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of student information, incidents, and progress using the SIMS system.
Undertake administrative tasks related to behaviour support and handle general inquiries related to the college efficiently.
Monitor CCTV and promptly report any incidents or concerns to the relevant parties.
Facilitate the college detention system and collaborate with Heads of Year, Tutors and pastoral staff for cohesive student support.
Person Specification - How you will be doing it
● Deliver value opportunities for world class education for all students
To maintain confidentiality of information acquired in the course of undertaking duties for the department.
Ensure Health and Safety and Safeguarding are at the centre of your approach.
Take accountability for your own development and aspire to deliver the very best practice across all areas of your role.
Support disruption-free learning in every lesson
To encourage acceptance and inclusion of all students.
Support positive strategies for promoting equality and for challenging racial and other prejudice.
Support exceptionally positive culture of year group
GCSE C or above (or equivalent) in Maths and English
A relevant qualification in pastoral support (desirable)
Practical skills supporting students in a learning environment
Experience in specialist support for students
Ability to support learning through ICT
Strong ability to build relationships with students, parents and peers
Able to work alone and as part of a team
Emotionally resilient with a positive approach to your role
Experience in a similar role
Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.
Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description
You could reasonably be asked to work out of our partner sites to support where required
Our Commitment to You:
We recognise that all of our people have a role to play in ensuring our students have access to world class education and so are our most valuable asset. We are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive work environment that promotes both personal and professional growth. Here are some of the benefits and perks you can enjoy as a member of our team:
People: our staff are great people and a great team together
CPD: we love learning and provide all with professional development opportunities. We invest in our employees' growth and development through continuous learning opportunities, training programs, and mentorship.
Flexibility: We believe in achieving work-life balance, and we offer flexible working arrangements to suit your individual needs. Our staff work flexibly within a range of different patterns and positions
Value: our staff have a great pension, lots of holiday entitlement, access to sick pay and nationally negotiated rates of pay
Impact: we work as a team to improve our children’s life chances and opportunities
Leaders: we see every staff member and child as a future leader
Time: we value staff time really highly and devote ourselves to always investing it well
Support: we back our staff 100%, with access to practical support when it’s tough
Balance: we value the holiday we have to do things that make us happy and healthy
Employee Wellbeing Initiatives: Your wellbeing is important to us. We offer a range of initiatives and resources to support your physical, mental, and emotional health.
Car Schemes: As part of our commitment to our team's convenience, we offer car schemes that cater to your commuting needs.
Perkbox: Enjoy access to Perkbox, a platform offering a wide array of discounts, benefits, and rewards to enhance your lifestyle.
Join us on this journey to inspire greatness in ourselves and others. Together, we can create a brighter future and make a lasting difference in the lives of our students and the communities we serve.
How to Apply:
If you are passionate about our values and dedicated to making a meaningful impact on education, we invite you to apply. Please complete the application form on My New Term and tell us about how you connect with our values of "Dream Big, Take Responsibility, and Be Kind" and what you feel you can contribute to our team and our goal to deliver world class education.
PART TIME - 32.5 hours per week
We reserve the right to close this role early upon offering a successful candidate so please do not hesitate in applying.
Please refer to our safeguarding policy on the Athena Learning Trust website at:
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