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HLTA - Forest School Leader and Duke of Edinburgh Co-Ordinator - Part-time - Special Needs Position

Elms School, Dover

  • Ref:KCC886-7045-252S
  • Posted:26/11/2021
  • Pay:KR7, plus SEN
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:09/12/2021 at 13:00
  • Interviews:Wed 15th December


HLTA - Forest School Leader and Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator

Kent Range 7 (£23 033 - £26 075), Plus SEN £1323

Pro rata salary £16062 - £18184, plus SEN £1221

30hrs per week, 39 weeks per year.

Elms School has an exciting HLTA opportunity for a Forest School Leader and Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator to join our team.

The school already provides both Forest School and Duke of Edinburgh programmes and we are looking to recruit a dedicated and motivated individual to develop this further.  You will plan, deliver and assess inspirational Forest School sessions and a range of engaging Duke of Edinburgh activities.

We are looking for someone with at least 1 year Forest School experience and knowledge, understanding and/or experience of delivering the Duke of Edinburgh award programme.  Candidates ideally will hold Level 3 Forest School Leader qualification and be a Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator (or be willing to undertake and complete the training).

The role requires excellent communication skills, the ability to organise offsite trips and work with external providers.  You will act as a role model, promote learning in the outdoor environment and have a flexible approach to help meet the needs of the school, this will include some classroom duties. 

Elms School is a special day school for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. We would be looking for someone to come in with experience of and knowledge of the difficulties that can be faced by pupils with SEMH.

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 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. All pupils start their school career in mainstream schools and come to us with a history of low self-esteem and a sense of failure.

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’ and we have continued to make improvements to the quality of education and our holistic provision since that date.

We operate a three-phase model: lower school (three classes, years 1 – 4); middle school (eight classes, years 5 – 8, following a predominantly Primary curriculum); and the upper school (six classes, years 9 – 11, studying for Entry level/Functional Skills/ BTEC and some GCSE exams). We have a growing roll of 156 which is predicted to rise to 165 over the next academic year. 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


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).