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HLTA - Trauma Informed Practitioner - Part-time

Elms School, Dover

  • Ref:KCC886-7045-342S
  • Posted:03/02/2023
  • Pay:Kent Range 7, plus SEN
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:20/02/2023 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC


HLTA - Trauma Informed Practitioner

(KR7, 33 hours per week, 39 weeks)

FTE £23 378, plus £1342 SEN (Pro rata £18013 +£1342)

We are looking for an experienced, highly skilled Trauma Informed Practitioner to join our Pupil Support Team and enhance our provision at Elms School.  Candidates will need to demonstrate a commitment to the school’s vision and ethos and either be training or have completed training as a Trauma Informed Practitioner. Initially the practitioner will be working with one of our Primary pupils. 

All our pupils have significant difficulties with managing their emotions and behaviour and they require specialist help with their personal development.  The successful candidates will be expected to listen to pupils and support them emotionally so that they can engage in learning.  Previous experience of working with children or adults with challenging behaviours is essential.  You will need to be emotionally resilient with a good sense of humour and an understanding of SEMH needs.  The successful candidate will have experience of working with either children or adults with trauma.  Knowledge of Restorative Approaches and Team Teach is desirable. 

The school places a high priority on professional and career development.  All staff receive a full induction and support programme throughout the year to achieve their performance management targets.

Visits to the school are encouraged and a member of the Leadership team will look forward to introducing you to Elms.  Should you wish to take up this opportunity, please contact Melanie Wright on 01304 201964 or hr@elms.kent.sch.uk

Elms School is committed to safeguarding and promoting child welfare and Fundamental British Values. 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.


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

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.