GHES Higher Level Teaching Assistant – Job

Job Ref – 2/CD/20/227 Job Title – GHES Higher Level Teaching Assistant Location – Cheltenham Salary – Employer – Gloucestershire County Council Description

Permanent, full-time and part-time available. term-time only 39 weeks (38+1)

This is an exciting time to join the Outpatients team for Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service (GHES) as one of our Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs). For students who are too unwell to attend their own school, GHES provides short term education for them across the county, supporting their reintegration to mainstream schools when they are well enough.

We want all students to thrive and achieve their potential despite their medical condition. Underpinning the success of this is the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of each student. As an HLTA, your role will be pivotal in fulfilling the pastoral side of school life and ensuring all of our students receive a high quality wellbeing curriculum that meets their needs as well as statutory requirements. Whether it is working with students in their own homes, working remotely online, or with groups in our classroom, you will work with students to identify key milestones, develop strategies and skills, plan and deliver the well-being curriculum, and ensure they are well supported in the lead up to returning to their mainstream school.

This is a hugely rewarding role and the successful candidate would find themselves working in a team of highly motivated and creative HLTAs and teachers. The role is quite peripatetic and requires travelling across the county to visit children in their homes. Working days are varied ranging from delivering lessons in the outpatients office, working online / remotely, travelling between homes, liaising with families and professionals, or attending multi-agency meetings.

We are looking for an individual who has experience of working with children with additional needs and professionals involved in the education system. The ideal candidate will:

–          Understand the graduated pathway and the need for a student-centred approach

–          Have experience of planning and delivering lessons

–          Have experience of, or a good working knowledge of the other professional agencies we work with in education

–          Understand the importance of safeguarding, especially as a lot of the link tutors work takes place in the home

–          Be well organised, can work on their own initiative and manage their time well

Excellent communication skills and the ability to build strong working relationships with students, parents / carers, staff at GHES and professionals in education and other agencies, are all important qualities for this role. A firm believe that a medical condition should not stop a child fulfilling their full potential is essential.

To apply for the position and for further information contact Beth Warren (Head of Service) beth.warren@gloucestershire.gov.uk or Elaine O’Shaughnessy (Outpatients Team) elaine.o’shaughnessy@gloucestershire.gov.ukTo check it out in more detail go to: http://myjobs.gloucestershire.gov.uk/pages/job_search_view.aspx?jobId=4412