ELSA Practitioner - Term Time - Special Needs Position

Five Acre Wood School, Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-7056-259S
  • Posted:16/07/2020
  • Pay:KR7 + SEN (actual salary £19,667-£21,346 inc. SEN)
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:10/08/2020 at 12:00
  • Interviews:TBC


ELSA is based at West Kent Health Needs School in West Malling. Our aim at ELSA is to value each individual child and work with the child in a safe, caring environment. We have one classroom plus a calm area and a wooded outdoor area.

We have two members of staff welcoming up to 6 children. The children attend ELSA from 9.30-2pm Monday-Thursday for 12 weeks. All children return to school on a Friday with outreach support from the ELSA staff.

We encourage and develop children’s self-esteem, to face learning challenges with more confidence, to be compassionate, respectful, and to have an enhanced sense of identity and belonging within their school community.

At ELSA we believe that to enable our pupils to learn effectively, they need to feel safe in their environment and be both socially and emotionally ready to learn. We understand the importance of holistic development and offer nurturing and enriching experiences to enable the development of the whole child.  We recognise that some of our pupils are not always emotionally ready to learn when they come to ELSA and require an increased level of support for them to access the wider curriculum.

 At ELSA we provide a modified curriculum in an environment based on the six principles of nurture .

We aim to: 

  • Encourage the development of positive social relationships with both peers and adults.
  • Provide opportunities to understand emotions and develop pupil’s self-worth, confidence, motivation, trust, self-esteem and adaptability.
  • Provide a safe, calm and nurturing environment, alongside a programme of activities structured to the emotional, social and intellectual needs of each pupil, while keeping them in close contact with their base class.
  • Support pupils to understand their behaviour and that behaviours generally have a consequence and to develop strategies to self-regulate emotions and anxieties.
  • Support the development of a whole-school nurturing ethos focused on inclusion to reduce fixed term and permanent exclusion.

 Responsibilities of the post:

The ELSA practitioners main role is to provide support for children with identified social and emotional and behaviour difficulties. The ELSA practitioner will ensure that the pupils can integrate as fully as possible in the nurture based activities undertaken by the other children in the ELSA provision.

Duties will include running specific programmes and activities to assist the pupils’ individual learning social and emotional needs based on the nurture principles. The ELSA practitioner will be responsible for implementing these activities and to review progress with the STLS case worker, pupil’s school and parent/carers.


Please see attached job description for a list of duties.


 For any further information on this role please feel free to contact the ELSA STLS Lead Jill Ansell at jansell@five-acre.kent.sch.uk

Information about the school

Five Acre Wood is a successful outward looking and expanding District Special School based over 3 sites in and around Maidstone, Kent.

We currently have 605 pupils on roll aged 2-19 years with profound, severe and complex needs, we are one of the largest special needs schools in the country. We have 370 employees. Our "Outstanding" school will continue to expand and we are looking for people with a positive approach to join us who share our vision of "Only the best will do" for all our students. Our achievements include Investors in People (Gold) and the WAS Wellbeing Award, which recognises how look after employees and pupils. We are a very supportive school, we offer opportunities for further professional development and career development.

For further information regarding the school, please go to our website www.fiveacrewood.co.uk

We hold an annual music festival for our pupils and employees, it gives them the opportunity experience something they may not ordinarily be able to access. You can see it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xOR-PlaONI (If the link doesn’t connect - You Tube “Five Acre Woodstock 2019 – Amazing Festival in a Day”)

Nathan Grisdale was on the X factor and reached the “Six chair challenge”. He heard about our school. He wrote a song for us and filmed it with our pupils. You can see it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJF9MlJHt-I

(If the link doesn’t connect – You Tube Nathan Grisdale - Don't Give Up (Official music video)

Our school is committed to safeguarding pupils and staff. Our staff recruitment policies and practices comply with safe recruitment and selection requirements. We always ensure clearance of enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to employment. We look forward to hearing from you.

Job Contact Information

Fax: 01622 744828


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Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.