Emotional Literacy and Pastoral Support Assistant - Ark Dickens Primary Academy

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Job type

Term Time, Fixed Term


£17,260 - £19,824

Closing date

11 August 2022

Emotional Literacy and Pastoral Support Assistant

Ark Dickens Primary Academy – www.arkdickensprimary.org

We are excited to be looking for 2 ELSAs (one for EYFS/KS1 and one for KS2) to join our dedicated team in the heart of Portsmouth so thank you for your interest in Ark Dickens Primary Academy.

We are proud of our school values of kindness, community, unity, resilience, respect and aspiration. They underpin all we do and drive our vision of ‘Be Your Best!’ for the whole school community.

At Ark Dickens, we are committed to our wonderful community and amazing children. We have high aspirations and expectations for all and a strong and passionate team of staff who are dedicated to ensuring that every child achieves their full potential, becomes a well-rounded, successful citizen, ready to take on new adventures and challenges along their journey.

We know every child in depth and use this knowledge to plan for our children ensuring high expectations at all times. We recognise that some children have additional social, emotional and mental health needs and so we are looking to develop our pastoral team with 2 ELSAs/Pastoral Support Assistants.

We are seeking motivated and nurturing individuals to support our children with their social, emotional and mental health needs, their behaviour and their attendance. Working closely with staff, children, parents and external agencies, you will be instrumental in supporting and caring for our children at key points through the day, delivering interventions and working with them through carefully adapted lessons and provision to ensure they thrive and achieve their very best.

Leaders look after staff. We offer a collaborative team, ensuring staff receive the support, training and responsive feedback to help staff be their best. Colleagues are encouraged to learn from one another and we ensure we regularly celebrate success and hard work is always valued and recognised.

We are part of the Ark network of schools and work closely with Ark Ayrton and Ark Charter to serve the children of Portsmouth.  We are committed to ensuring our children are well-equipped to successfully make the next exciting step in education as they move onto secondary school and furthermore take their place as great citizens of their community.

If you’d like further information, please do get in touch using the details below.

Ideal candidates will:

  • have a passion and talent for supporting and nurturing children, particularly those with the greatest challenges
  • have experience of establishing successful relationships with a variety of children
  • have experience in play therapy, counselling, SEMH interventions and/or other pastoral support and therapeutic work
  • have a positive attitude and complete belief in the importance of inclusion
  • have high expectations of all in the school community
  • to be committed to a relational and restorative model
  • have a thorough understanding of safeguarding and confidentiality

By joining Ark Dickens Primary Academy and the wider Ark team, you will have the opportunity to work with great colleagues, and to develop your career through our professional development programme. You will be encouraged to become a reflective and open practitioner.

Please take a look at the Ark Dickens Primary Academy website to find out more about the school: www.arkdickensprimary.org. Visits to the school are encouraged.  Please contact Ann Dyson, Operations Support Manager on 023 92826514 to confirm a visit or to discuss the role further.

If you have any technical queries about the application process, please contact the recruitment team on recruitment@arkonline.org

To apply please visit the Ark Dickens Primary Academy: http://arkdickensprimary.org/vacancies and fill in the application form, interviews will be arranged as soon as suitable candidates are identified.

Contract: Fixed Term for 1 year in the first instance

Start date: 1st September 2022

Salary: Ark Support Scale Band 5 Point 5-12 (FTE £19,650 – £22,570), Actual Salary £17,260 – £19,824

Hours: 36 hours per week, Term time only (40 weeks per year)

Closing date: Ongoing

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