Teaching Assistant Secondary school behaviour base

Posted 17 February by Teaching Personnel
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Behaviour Buddy 1:1

Here at Teaching Personnel we are currently working alongside one of our partner Cardiff Secondary Schools that are looking to recruit a Behaviour Buddy/Mentor for a 1:1 role in Cardiff starting upon re-opening of Secondary schools after the latest lockdown.

As a 1:1 Behaviour Buddy, you will have the ability to build strong, trusting and stable relationships with young people, and be consistent in your approach to behaviour management. Although this role will mainly be on a 1:1 basis you will often be asked to support with small group interventions within the behaviour provision and on occasions have to support the pupils in the mainstream classes as the school look to integrate these pupils on a phased basis.

Pupils that struggle in mainstream lessons may need extra encouragement and support to ensure they stay on track with the goals that they have individually been set. Often pupils will have individual development plans which you will be required to monitor and feedback to the appropriate members of staff. You will be able to provide support both on an academic and pastoral basis; providing emotional support where appropriate. The affects of lockdown on young people may be seen for a long time to come, the support provided by our schools when reopening will see you lend your hand to not only support with behaviour but also to support with mental health and wellbeing. The pupils you will be working with may not have found it easy to access online learning and therefore may feel frustrated and show signs of challenging behaviour while transitioning back in to school life.

This role would involve you working in the schools specialist behaviour provision where specialised support is given to pupils that are at risk of exclusion. The school have specified that the right candidate but be very resilient and not easily offended as the pupils you will be buddied up with often have complex emotional needs which will need to be supported throughout the year.

**If you have a background in Counselling, Youth Work or Psychology, or have previous experience providing Behaviour Support for young people in an education, health or care setting then we would be very interested in speaking to you.**

The perfect candidate will have:

  • The ability to de-escalate challenging behaviour and support pupils that are in risk of reaching crisis point (Team Teach training can be provided by Teaching Personnel)
  • Previous experience of meeting young people's Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs would be desirable however this role often relies on having a great attitude towards supporting individual and varying needs
  • A resilience approach to pupils with challenging behaviour and at risk of exclusion
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A passion to make a positive difference in a young person's life
  • Access to a vehicle is desirable
  • Patience and reliability to provide consistency for a pupil with complex needs
  • Sensitivity to the challenges relating to young people in care

For more information, please contact Teaching Personnel on the details provided and send your most recent CV to be considered for the role or any other roles that we are currently recruiting for across South Wales. The school are currently shortlisting suitable candidates with video or physical interviews being held if the schools re-open.

All applicants will require the appropriate qualifications and training for this role. Please see faqs for details.

All pay rates quoted will be inclusive of 12.07% statutory holiday pay. This advert is for a temporary position. In some cases, the option to make this role permanent may become available at a later date.

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