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Forest School Leader Teaching/Child Support - Part-time

St Paul's CE (VC) Primary School, Swanley

  • Ref:KCC886-3010-50S
  • Posted:06/10/2021
  • Pay:KR5
  • Start Date:TBC
  • App Close Date:20/10/2021 at 12:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Job Description: To lead on the school\'s Forest School curriculum - designing and leading on activities to support and develop pupil learning in or extensive outdoor environment through hands on experience, and allowing the children to take risks and become more self-sufficient learners.

Key deliverables include:
• Procuring goods for Forest Schools
• Delivering allocated tasks efficiently
• Meeting set deadlines for allocated project / tasks
• Responsibility for children in an outdoor environment including overseeing their health and wellbeing.
• Providing verbal and written reports on behavioural performance of children.

Education, knowledge and skills

• Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above (including English & Maths), or equivalent, or able to
evidence ability at an equivalent level.
• Understanding of Health and Safety requirements.
• Understanding of relevant regulations, processes and procedures and issues relating to the service user group.
• Good written and oral communication skills with the ability to build sound relationships with everyone.
• Require a technical/professional qualification related to the role. e.g. HLTA status, NNEB, or other relevant qualifications at level 2 or 3.
• Competent in a range of IT tools.
• Good administrative and organisational skills.
• Able to prioritise and plan own workload in the context of conflicting priorities and work on own initiative.
• Ability to work with staff and children effectively.
• Typically previous relevant work experience in a similar service environment.

Person Specification:

• Level 3 Forest School Leader Qualification or willingness to work towards it.
• First Aid training
• Experience of working in a Forest School setting
• Experience of working across the primary age range
• A clear understanding and vision of Forest School and the way children learn.
• Knowledge of the range of teaching and learning strategies that most effectively contributes towards raising achievement and, promoting good behaviour and developing self-esteem in all children.
• An understanding of the statutory requirements concerning equality, Health and Safety, SEND and Safeguarding.
• Ability to plan, prepare, deliver and evaluate Forest School session.
• Ability to engage the support of families through trusting and supportive relationships.
• A belief in the value of learning outside the classroom.
• Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, parents, governors and the wider school community.

Information about the school

St. Paul’s Church of England (VC) Primary School, Swanley Village, has an enviable reputation as a welcoming, caring, high performing primary school. The school was graded Good by Ofsted in January 2020 and Good in its SIAMS inspection, 2019.

The school is proud of its Christian heritage and seeks to entwine these values through everyday life. We have a good reputation for and offer pupils a range of sporting achievements, extra-curricular activities, including high quality instrumental tuition. We have a Professional Sports Coach that works with our pupils, mountain bikes and 2 tracks and we like to embrace as much of the real world as we can!

Demand for places far exceeds the number available. We have four mixed aged classes with 15 pupils in each year group.

Our children are delightful and we have very supportive and aspirational parents. The school is set in beautiful surroundings and has very well maintained and fully equipped buildings. We work in partnership with our families; we nurture self-belief and inspire a love of learning, encouraging all to become able and successful, through empowerment, and being responsible members of the community.

We are passionate about our staff and the working environment that we give, in order for them to thrive. A common-sense approach to workload, Christmas shopping days and supported family time, are a few examples of what we offer.

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).