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HLTA - Pupil Support - Part-time - Special Needs Position

Elms School, Dover

  • Ref:KCC886-7045-256S
  • Posted:12/01/2022
  • Pay:Kent Range 7, plus SEN
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:24/01/2022 at 10:00
  • Interviews:TBC


HLTA Pupil Support

(KR7, 33 hours per week, 39 weeks)

We are looking for an experienced, highly skilled practitioner to join our Pupil Support Team and enhance our provision here at Elms School.  Candidates will need to demonstrate a commitment to the school’s vision and ethos. 

All our pupils have significant difficulties with managing their emotions and behaviour and they require specialist help with their personal development.  The successful candidates will be expected to listen to pupils and support them emotionally so that they can engage in learning.  Previous experience of working with children or adults with challenging behaviours is essential.  You will need to be emotionally resilient with a good sense of humour and an understanding of SEMH needs.  The successful candidate will have experience of working with either children or adults with challenging behaviours.  Knowledge of Restorative Approaches and Team Teach is desirable. 

At Elms, we use de-escalation techniques to calm our pupils and support them with their emotions.  However, there are times when it is necessary to positively handle pupils using our approved programme and the successful candidate will need to be physically fit and strong to carry out this aspect of the role.

A willingness to work beyond the school day when required is essential.

Candidates need to possess a minimum of GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics (or equivalent). 

The school places a high priority on professional and career development.  All staff receive a full induction and support programme throughout the year to achieve their performance management targets.

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.

Elms School offers staff the following support:

Access to an on-site HR Advisor, who is also a Mental Health First Aider; Fortnightly Supervision for Teachers; Membership of Benenden Health Care; Access to Support Line Counselling; Menopause Support; SLT open door approach; Team Teach Training; Full Time DSL.

Elms School is a nurturing place of learning that has high expectations for all. Our therapeutic approaches nurture students so they form relationships and to learn to; self-regulate; demonstrate respect; take responsibility; understand their and others’ emotions. Our curriculum enriches the experiences of our students, develops independence and promotes collaboration. 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 or Trauma Informed Practice, to address social emotional development and enable pupils to manage their behaviour and regulate their emotions so that they can form meaningful relationships throughout their lives. We teach our students how to regulate using the Zones of Regulation. We 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.

In our Ofsted inspection in March 2023, Elms School continues to be a Good school.

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

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 Education.