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Family Support Worker - Term Time

Oakley School, Tunbridge Wells

  • Ref:KCC886-7070-139S
  • Posted:15/09/2023
  • Pay:Kent Range Band 5 (£22,595 per annum FTE)
  • Start Date:November 2023
  • App Close Date:09/10/2023 at 12:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Family Support Worker

Working Monday to Friday, 30 hours per week, Term Time Only


Oakley School is the Tunbridge Wells District Special School for day pupils, aged from 3 to 19 years, all of whom have severe/complex needs and communication and learning difficulties.

Our Mission: Children and Young People at the heart of all we do.

Our Ethos: Work Hard, Be Kind, Have Fun, Stay Safe

 We are seeking to recruit a Family Support Worker to join our friendly, positive and forward-looking team. 

As the Family Support Worker you will encourage, promote and enable parents and carers to engage with Oakley School to further support the wellbeing, engagement and progress of their child/children and young people. 

The role also requires you to:-

  • Co-ordinate, support and promote parent and carer workshops, training and informal events,
  • Provide guidance and information to Oakley School families, in collaboration with external agencies and organisations,
  • Develop a Universal Parent/Carer Offer and differentiated support to meet needs across the School,
  • Promote the wellbeing of parents and carers by helping them to maximise their peer-to-peer support,
  • Work with and support the activities of our PTA, The Friends of Oakley,
  • Promote and enhance communication with parents across the school, using a variety of medias.

Candidates will need 3+ years proven experience and a successful track record of working to support children and families in the public, education, voluntary or charity sectors and ideally a sound knowledge and understanding of childhood development and the parenting needs of children with SEN.  Excellent literacy, numeracy and IT skills are essential, along with strong communication and team working skills.

Candidates need to be willing and able to travel between our 3 sites and to external meetings, visits and training courses on a regular basis and the flexibility to support school events and activities outside of normal school hours.

The hours are 30 per week hours/days negotiable. The post is term time only; 38 weeks plus 5 staff training days.  The salary is Kent Range Band 5 (£22,595 per annum FTE) and reduced pro-rata for the hours/weeks worked.

Benefits include access to Kent Rewards (including discounts on everyday products and services), contributory pension scheme, free school meals, access to free counselling, free parking and other support services.  We are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of all our staff.

Information about the school

Oakley School is the Tunbridge Wells District Special School for day pupils, aged from 3 to 19 years, with a specialist Observation and Assessment Nursery for 3-5 years. All our children and young people have profound, severe/complex needs and communication and learning difficulties.

We have a site in Tonbridge which caters for our Phase 4 (16+) students and a site in Tunbridge Wells which caters for children and young people from the age of 3 to 16. We also have a satellite provision at Skinners' Kent Primary School. Our one-day Section 8 OFSTED inspection in March 2019 reaffirmed us as 'Good'. We aspire to be outstanding in all that we do.

Job Contact Information

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.