KIRKLEES COUNCIL ARE ADVERTISING THIS ROLE ON BEHALF OF JOSEPH NORTON ACADEMY
As part of Wellspring Multi Academy Trust, Joseph Norton Academy is the only special school in Kirklees catering for pupils in Key Stages 2-4 with severe and complex Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties (SEMH). Joseph Norton Academy is the same as any other school in that we have high expectations of our pupils; build a secure and happy atmosphere in which pupils can learn effectively; offer a broad range of subjects and qualifications, including GCSEs. However, we are different to other schools in that we organise our pupils into nurture groups; structure our day and our curriculum to support pupils with SEMH difficulties and employ specialist staff to support the special educational needs of our pupils.
As part of this specialist team, Inclusion Support Workers play an important role in helping to create a stimulating, safe and structured environment in which our pupils can realise their potential.
This role includes providing practical support for learning and other school activities, helping pupils to develop their academic, social and emotional skills. This will involve working with small groups and/or individual pupils in and out of the classroom.
As an Inclusion Support Worker, you will make considerable use of effective communication and conciliatory skills including the use of restorative practices with pupils, schools and families. You will need to be experienced at managing difficult conversations, meetings and diffusing challenging behaviour. The majority of our pupils are extremely vulnerable and can have very complex family backgrounds. You will be willing and able to travel across the Authority for work purposes when required.