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Intensive Support Worker - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Elms School, Dover

  • Ref:KCC886-7045-325S
  • Posted:16/09/2022
  • Pay:KR6 + Allowance
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:03/10/2022 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Intensive Support Worker – Communication & Interaction / Autism

Are you an experienced and committed SEN practitioner looking for an exciting opportunity to develop your professional knowledge, understanding and practice as part of a successful and well-established outreach team serving Primary and Secondary schools across Dover, Deal and Sandwich?


We are looking to recruit a friendly, organised and proactive person to improve outcomes through the provision of intensive support for Children and Young People (CYP) with a range of SEND but especially those with Communication and Interaction needs including Autism.  You will be highly motivated, enthusiastic, have a good sense of humour, be discrete and have the ability to work under pressure.  Own car essential.


Please note that though the employer is Elms School, you will be based at the Smile Centre at Whitfield Aspen School along with the rest of the District Specialist Teaching & Learning Service (STLS) team.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • To develop clear sets of bespoke objectives and targeted outcomes for individual cases through collaborative working with STLS Teachers and District Lead.
  • To participate in and foster the learning experiences provided for pupils by encouraging appropriate social behaviour and catering for their general welfare. 

  • To model specific interventions and approaches to supporting high needs pupils with the overall aim of upskilling mainstream staff and embedding them in school practice. 


Elms School is committed to safeguarding and promoting child welfare. This position is subject to an enhanced DBS check, pre-employment medical clearance, good references and verification of the right to work in the UK.

An Application Form must be completed, application by CV is not acceptable

Information about the school

Elms School is a nurturing place of learning that has high expectations for all.

Our therapeutic approaches nurture students so they form relationships and to learn to; self-regulate; demonstrate respect; take responsibility; understand their and others’ emotions.

Our curriculum enriches the experiences of our students, develops independence and promotes collaboration.

Elms is a special school for pupils with social, emotional, mental health and learning needs. Most pupils display associated challenging behaviours resulting from a variety of difficulties and needs, including PTSD, attachment difficulties, ODD, ADHD, ASD and FASD.

Our broad and balanced curriculum is relevant, engaging and provides opportunities to achieve academic success as well as equipping them with skills for life. Our highly-trained staff provide bespoke therapeutic interventions, such as Thrive, to target developmental gaps and enable pupils to manage their behaviour and regulate their emotions so that they can form meaningful relationships throughout their lives. We also use Restorative Approaches to build and maintain a sense of community and to provide our pupils with the ability and attitude to respect the viewpoints of others and, when necessary, take responsibility for resolving conflict and putting things right.

Our Ofsted inspection in October 2017 was rated Good.

We have a large team, including our transport team who bring the pupils to and from school in our fleet of MPVs.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Melanie Wright
  • Address:Elms School, Elms Vale Road, Dover, Kent, CT17 9PS
  • Telephone: 01304 201964
  • Email: hr@elms.kent.sch.uk

Fax: 01304 225000


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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.