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Alternative Education Project Worker
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Job Description and Person Specification

Part Time (22.5 hours a week, Monday – Wednesday 9.30am – 4.30pm*), £17,550 to £20,475 pro rata  *some flexibility.

This equates to £9,720 to £11,340 per annum depending on experience and qualifications + 3% pension contribution. Permanent post with a 3-month probationary period.

Please note it is a genuine occupational requirement that the worker is female due to the nature of the work.

Job Description

The post holder will be responsible for, as part of a team, successfully delivering and contributing to the coordination of alternative education programmes to KS3 young people with complex needs and challenging behaviour at the Involve Learning Centre, Hunslet Leeds. We require a female staff member in order to effectively support girls referred to our education provision.

Involve Leeds is able to build the role around the strengths of the successful candidate, however, any new programmes or sessions introduced would need to have literacy/literacy/SEAL/life skills themes running throughout.

This role would suit someone with youth-work or teaching experience, wanting to join a small team at an established alternative education setting, and work holistically with a small group of young people.

Core Responsibilities

  • To plan and devise an imaginative curriculum-based programme for KS3 young people including one or more of the following numeracy, literacy, ICT, food technology, personal and social development, art, sporting activities, horticulture, drama and other engaging projects.
  • To deliver/teach individual sessions of the alternative education programmes to groups of 3-8 KS3 young people on an agreed rota basis, using a variety of methods and approaches to learning carefully tailored to the learning styles and particular needs of the members of the group at the time.
  • To use appropriate strategies, systems and approaches to ensure not only behaviour management but also effective personal and social development of the young people both in and out of the classroom environment, as part of a whole centre strategy.
  • To monitor the alternative education programme, marking each piece of work, providing feedback and supporting young people in their learning. To provide a careful analysis of young people’s own strengths, areas of development, preferred learning styles and environmental factors influencing behaviour and learning.  
  • To manage the relationship with the young person’s family and sustain a positive relationship with the family, signposting the family to other services and ensuring any safeguarding concerns are followed up appropriately.
  • To contribute to administrative tasks (including, but not limited to, ensuring referral forms, contracts with schools, young people’s files are up to date etc)
  • To actively model and promote the ethos and values of the centre through appropriate behaviour at all times
  • To work flexibly and responsibly in a small team environment, undertaking any other tasks to ensure the smooth and effective running of the centre and development of the young people
  • Contribute to centre responsibilities including food prep, open up and shut down.
  • Liaise with schools and the young person’s key worker within the school.
  • In addition to the core responsibilities, the post holder will be expected to after training lead on specialist areas of the project depending on their skills and experience

Essential

  • Passion to see the lives of disadvantaged and disengaged young people positively changed.
  • Significant paid or voluntary experience of working with vulnerable young people in a school setting, youth inclusion or youth work setting (2 years +)
  • Experience of session planning, delivering to groups and reviewing.
  • Experience in dealing with the social, emotional and behavioural needs of young people, in particular, young people with challenging behaviour and complex needs.
  • Experience of working one-to-one with vulnerable young people in a ‘mentoring’ role (or similar), as part of the effective development of the young people

Desirable

  • PGCE qualification, youth work or community development, or similar qualifications.
  • Practical experience of Emotional Literacy packages/programmes.
  • Evidence of training relating to inclusion issues and social, emotional and behavioural management.
  • Curriculum planning for young people with individual needs.

Involve Leeds is committed to safeguarding, and all applicants will be DBS checked and be subject to references.

Closing date: Friday 20th July at 12 noon. Interviews 26th July which could involve delivering a 30-minute session to a group of young people.

Interested? Please email jackson@involveleeds.org.uk for an application pack.

Hours: Part time, 22.5hrs

Contract: Permanent

Closing date for applications: Friday, 20 July 2018

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