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The Unicorn School

The Unicorn School

A Specialist School supporting pupils with dyslexia and related learning difficulties

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School Counsellor

We are looking to appoint a qualified mental health counsellor to join our team at The Unicorn School. We are committed to supporting and promoting the mental health and wellbeing of all our pupils and staff members so are looking to broaden our provision to include an in-school counsellor. The position would be part-time and based at our lovely school in Abingdon.

Main Duties:

• To provide an independent and confidential counselling service to pupils and staff at The Unicorn School, through individual sessions, responding to their personal, social, emotional, or educational, concerns

• To promote a caring and supportive environment where such concerns may be explored, thereby promoting the mental and emotional health at The Unicorn School

• To maintain confidentiality (except in those circumstances, in line with BACP practice, where this should be breached)

• To uphold good practice as described by the BACP ethical guidelines

• To be responsible for their own Professional Development maintenance and updating knowledge and awareness through Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

• To make referrals, where appropriate and with consent, to other agencies

• To liaise, where appropriate and with consent, with members of staff

• To maintain appropriate records and to keep these secure

• To liaise with school staff and other professionals as appropriate to ensure the effective operation of the service

 • To be alert to trends and patterns of problems and to be willing to identify causes and recommend corrective action

• To play an active role in Safeguarding children including liaising regularly with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and adhere with guidance from the OSCB and school policies

• To maintain a high level of knowledge and awareness of changes and developments in the fields of counselling and education and their impact on the delivery of counselling

• To ensure that as a Counsellor they are properly and regularly supervised, as required by the BACP, the name and address of the supervisor to be supplied on request to the Headteacher.

• To contribute in any other reasonable fashion to promote the safety and wellbeing of the pupils

Person Specification:

Education/Qualifications

 · Post-graduate Diploma or Masters level in Counselling or Psychotherapy

· BACP Accreditation, UKCP registration or BPC

· Further therapeutic training or qualification in working with children and young people

Knowledge

  • An understanding of the developmental, emotional, social and educational issues of children and young people
  • An awareness of range of needs of people from diverse ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds
  • Knowledge of local mental health and CAMHS Service
  • Knowledge of the Children’s Act and legislation pertaining to children

Experience

  • Minimum of 2 years’ post qualification experience
  • Minimum of 1 year’s experience of working with children and young people

Skills and Abilities

  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Proficiency with ICT and a willingness to learn new skills
  • Positive communication and listening skills
  • Patience, tolerance and sensitivity
  • Enthusiasm and a sense of humour

If you are interested in applying for this position please email office@unicornoxford.co.uk for an Application Pack

The deadline for applications is Monday 29th March with interviews on Thursday 22nd April

The Unicorn School is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post. Any offer of appointment will be conditional upon a variety of satisfactory pre-employment checks including checks with past employers, an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Check, satisfactory references and medical clearance. Child protection training will also need to be undertaken.

 

Key Stage 3 Form Tutor 

An opportunity has arisen for a skilled individual to join our teaching staff in September 2021. We are a small, nurturing school with circa 97 pupils, providing a cherishing environment and specialist teaching. The Unicorn School bridges the gap between our pupils’ current performance and their potential achievement.

Main Purpose of the Role

To carry out the professional duties of a teacher as described in the most recent School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document.

To plan and deliver high-quality specialist teaching, that caters for the individual needs of pupils with a range of Specific Learning Difficulties.

To carry out such other associated duties as are reasonably assigned by the Headteacher.

Areas of Responsibility and Key Tasks

Responsibility for teaching a small class of Key Stage 3 pupils and delivering an engaging, tailor made curriculum that meets the specific needs of your class.

Researching new topic areas, teaching strategies and maintaining up-to-date subject knowledge, and devising and writing new curriculum materials

Marking, assessing, recording and reporting on the development, progress and attainment of pupils, including personal and social needs of pupils.

Communicating with parents and carers over pupils' progress and participating in departmental meetings, parents' evenings, whole school training events, open mornings and other functions as appropriate

Liaising with specialist teachers and SENCO to review teaching programmes and progress

Liaising with other professionals, such as educational psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists

Being responsible for ensuring that all Safeguarding and related policies are adhered to and concerns are raised in accordance with these policies

Maintaining wellbeing and safety among the pupils, safeguarding their health and safety both on the school premises and during off-site activities and ensuring an appropriately high-level of welfare provision for a group of children

Education and Qualifications

Essential:

  • Good honours degree
  • PGCE or equivalent

Desirable:

• Qualified Teacher Status

• Level 7 qualification in teaching and assessing young people with Specific Learning Difficulties (eg AMBDA, OCR Level 7 Diploma)

Skills, Knowledge and Aptitudes

Essential:

• Experience of teaching students with SpLDs at primary level

• Ability to use a wide range of teaching strategies and materials to meet the needs of students

• Ability to adapt approach according to the changing needs of the individual

• Aspirational, setting high expectations for all students

• Ability to use assistive technology and ITC effectively to support students’ learning and willingness to undergo training and develop skills

• Flexible, resourceful and able to use initiative

• Commitment to on-going CPD and the sharing of good practice

• Commitment to the safeguarding and well-being of children and young people

If you are interested in applying for this position please email office@unicornoxford.co.uk for an Application Pack

The deadline for applications is Friday 30th April with interviews on Thursday 6th May

The Unicorn School is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post. Any offer of appointment will be conditional upon a variety of satisfactory pre-employment checks including checks with past employers, an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Check, satisfactory references and medical clearance. Child protection training will also need to be undertaken.

 

Teaching Assistant

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic individual to join our team of teaching assistants in September 2021. We are a small, nurturing school with circa 97 pupils, providing a cherishing environment and specialist teaching. The Unicorn School bridges the gap between our pupils’ current performance and their potential achievement.

Main Purpose of the Role

Working under the instruction of teaching staff, the successful applicant will assist in the management of pupils and the classroom. Work may be carried out in the classroom or outside the main teaching area.

Support for Pupils

Ensure all pupils are safe in our care and that safeguarding procedures are followed at all times 

Supervise and provide particular support for pupils, including those with special needs, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities

Establish constructive relationships with pupils and interact with them according to individual needs

Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils

Encourage pupils to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher

Support for Teachers

Contribute to the maintenance of a purposeful, orderly and supportive environment, in accordance with lesson plans and assist with the display of pupils’ work

Promote good pupil behaviour, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established policy and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour

Establish constructive relationships with parents / carers

Undertake routine marking of pupils’ work

Provide class administrative support eg photocopying, filing etc.

Support for the Curriculum

Undertake structured and agreed learning activities/teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to pupil responses

Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use

Support for the School

Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person

Be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop

Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required

Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required

Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including at lunchtime

Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school

If you are interested in applying for this position please email office@unicornoxford.co.uk for an Application Pack

The deadline for applications is Friday 30th April with interviews on Friday 7th May

The Unicorn School is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post. Any offer of appointment will be conditional upon a variety of satisfactory pre-employment checks including checks with past employers, an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Check, satisfactory references and medical clearance. Child protection training will also need to be undertaken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Unicorn School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including enhanced disclosure via the DBS and checks with past employers.

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