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Learning Support Assistant - Term Time

Woodpecker Court, Dover

  • Ref:KCC886-7916-13S
  • Posted:18/10/2021
  • Pay:£13,800 - £19,800
  • Start Date:ASAP
  • App Close Date:31/10/2021 at 22:00
  • Interviews:02/11/2021


Woodpecker Court is looking to appoint enthuiastic staff to support our students as part of an established team.  The applicants would need to embrace our ethos and environment.


Information about the school

Woodpecker Court is an alternative education provider with specialist post 16 status, we are in the process of applying for Independent School Status for 14-16 year olds also. We are set in a rural location. We believe that every student is different and treated as an individual and therefore vary our practices to support them holistically. We aim to improve outcomes by providing all of our students with the necessary skills to equip them to sustain their onward destination after leaving us. We have a calm, safe and friendly environment that all of our students together as a community maintain.

We offer our post 16 courses in land based studies, animal care, catering, or occupational studies, including enterprise and Health and Social Care, alongside functional skills English and Maths. Many post 16 vulnerable learner programmes fail because the delivery is formal in a classroom. This has not worked for the previous eleven years, so why repeat the process? Block by block, we will enable a young person to tolerate then work with others, show resilience to failure and bad weather. They can have the time and space to express their frustrations in the outdoors. They can fail safely, then learn to succeed. They can develop good peer and staff relationships, and maintain them over time. Then, and only then, do we deliver the formal learning because then students are ready to achieve. Our outdoor experiences are explicitly linked to formal learning objectives. For example, quantities of animal feed are linked to profit margins, having an impact upon Maths.

We provide engagement programmes for learners aged 11-16 by working collaboratively with local schools. Our programmes are run in the great outdoors from our 15 acre site that encompasses woodland, paddocks, classrooms, workshops and at the heart of our community our parachuted fire circles. These engagement programmes offer the chance for schools to prevent exclusion and promote re-engagement by changing the environment completely around the young person. We develop resilience, self-esteem and positivity through introducing routines.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Elizabeth Shilling
  • Address:45 Wigmore Lane, Eythorne, Dover, Kent, CT15 4BF
  • Telephone: 01304 830958
  • Email: eholmes@woodpeckercourt.com


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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).