36 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    7 January 2022 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    24 November 2021

Job details

Job role
Education support
SEND responsibilities (special educational needs and disabilities)
Working pattern
Full time
Placement: September 2022 – July 2023 (39 Weeks) Hours: 4 Days Per Week (unpaid) in Wellbeing Team 1 Day Per Week (paid) as Classroom Assistant
Contract type
Fixed term (1 Year University Placement )
1 Day Per Week Paid at Bucks Pay Range 1-2 £17383 - £22316 Pro Rata

Job summary

Position: Wellbeing Assistant
Reporting To: Head of Wellbeing

The position of Wellbeing Assistant at Alfriston School provides an opportunity to work in the Wellbeing Team within a school to support the social, emotional, and mental health needs of pupils. You will gain an insight into the fields of therapeutic/counselling/CBT work, healthcare services such as CAMHS, social care services, and the educational field. The workload is a balance of research/project work, 1:1 therapeutic intervention, and general day to day admin, team work and ad hoc emotional support for pupils in need.

General Roles and Duties
Respond positively to the social, emotional and behavioural needs of the pupils
Assist the Head of Wellbeing in the development and delivery of social and emotional skills and wellbeing programmes for pupils
Conduct research into topics of interest such as social and emotional skills and child wellbeing/mental health (including a yearlong research project)
Reinforce the standards and expectations that exist within the Aims of Alfriston
Assist with any admin if required in liaison with the Head of Wellbeing
Secondly, to support the Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy Departments

Role as Wellbeing Assistant (4 days a week)
Support the Head of Wellbeing in delivering 1:1 planned evidence based therapeutic intervention work and support with pupils on issues such as self-esteem, social skills, anger, behaviour, low mood, understanding emotions, decision making, and any other needs the pupils may have
Support the Head of Wellbeing in creating social and emotional based programmes on specific difficulties, such as anxiety and behaviour management
Support the Head of Wellbeing in delivering social and emotional groups or any other therapeutic groups.
Support pupils on a daily basis with any social or emotional difficulties that they may be experiencing
Conduct research into topics such as social and emotional skills, children with learning difficulties and disabilities, different types of therapy approaches and techniques, and general wellbeing topics
Conduct a yearlong research project into a topic of interest chosen in conjunction with the Head of Wellbeing
Score psychometrics on pupil wellbeing and behaviour and produce reports on their progress
Prepare material/admin/resources ready for any individual or group work at the request of the Head of Wellbeing
Support individual pupils in managing personal issues and times of difficulty
Carry out administrative tasks such as writing up case notes and preparing reports
Support the Head of Wellbeing in making referrals and liaising with other agencies such as social services, health professionals, CAMHS, Educational Psychologists
Liaise with parents regarding any difficulties they may be having at home with their child or family and discuss ways in which the school can help
Assist the Head of Wellbeing in delivering and developing 1:1 and group health interventions, such as building self-esteem or social skills through sport or team activities
Support pupils with their physiotherapy and occupational therapy needs

Role as Classroom Assistant (1 day a week)
Support the classroom teacher in the learning of pupils with special educational needs

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children which will be reflected throughout recruitment. The selected candidate will be required to provide suitable references and undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before taking up the post.

Applying for the job

To Apply: Please visit our website www.alfristonschool.com to download and complete the application form, please send a supporting cover letter with your application.

All applications are to be sent via email to recruit@alfristonschool.com for the attention of Mrs Ellie Davison.

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Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

School overview

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
School size
155 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Contact phone number
01494 673740

About Alfriston School

Alfriston is an outstanding Special School with Sports College status for girls aged 11-19 with moderate learning difficulties and speech and language and communication difficulties. We currently have 150 girls on roll. We became an Academy on 1st March 2012. The school has been delivering high quality education since 1950. All the pupils have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) and are taught in small groups. Our staff are specialist subject teachers and are experienced in working with a range of special needs and abilities.

Pupils attend Alfriston from all over Buckinghamshire and some neighbouring counties. We also have weekly boarding provision for 20 pupils.

We consider the staff team as our most valuable resource. Training and development is a high priority in the school. There is also personal support given to staff to manage the diverse and challenging work needed to support pupils with significant special needs.

At present there are 60 staff employed at the school working in the teaching, support, residential and administrative teams. We are proud of the excellent standard of education provided at Alfriston.

Arranging a visit to Alfriston School

If you would like to make an informal visit please also contact Mrs Ellie Davison, via recruit@alfristionschool.com who will be delighted to arrange this for you.

School location

Penn Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 2TS

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