Job description

Are you a skilled and experienced positive behaviour support practitioner who can inspire others? Are you a confident, compassionate and dynamic practice leader?

Do you want to be involved in making a real difference in the lives of young people with autism and their families so that they can engage with their right to education and live the life they choose?

We are looking for a new member of our well-established and experienced PBS team. The post-holder will have practice leadership responsibilities in the residential part of our school provision and will work in collaboration with the wider PBS team, education, care and therapies staff. This is a fantastic opportunity to shape an exciting new role that will have real impact on the development of our residential provision with the support of a fantastic team of multi-disciplinary colleagues.

This is a full time, permanent role, with a start date as soon as possible to support our education provision.

Main duties will include:

  • Work as part of a trans-disciplinary team to support the delivery of effective and appropriate teaching, learning and behaviour support in our residential provision as a result of trans-disciplinary working underpinned by an evidence-based behavioural model of practice.
  • Responsible for conducting functional assessments and developing comprehensive function based Positive Behaviour Support plans and interventions to reduce behaviour that challenges and monitoring the effectiveness of these plans through development of robust data collection systems and analysis of the data.
  • Use evidence-informed practices to develop personalised, active support models for young people
  • Conducting a range of assessments including assessment for learning, assessment of learning, admissions assessments, behavioural assessments and assessments of maintenance and generalisation.
  • To train residential care staff on all elements of a young person's model of support
  • To lead PBS practice within our residential provision
  • To be a member of the senior management team for residential provision
  • Preparing for and contributing to Person Centred Reviews.
  • Working in partnership with parents, colleagues and other professionals to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people.
  • Play an active role in the school’s approach to Positive Handling, becoming a Team-Teach Trainer (training will be provided, however the candidate is required to be open to this training) and provide training, support and advice to all staff in Abbey School to ensure any use of restrictive intervention is used in accordance with the law and clear ethical values and embedded within comprehensive proactive plans to reduce restriction.

We are a supportive learning organisation with a strong commitment to staff development and wellbeing.

Application form

Completed application forms should be returned with a covering letter addressed to the Principal, Dr Katy Lee.

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Recruitment pack

For further information please download the recruitment pack below which contains a detailed job description and person specification.

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How to apply?

If you feel as though you have the right qualities to join our exciting and innovative school then please read our recruitment pack which includes a detailed job description and person specification, and complete the school application form, available to download below.

Closing date for applicationsplease complete an application form as soon as possible
Interview dates will be arranged upon shortlisting after applications have been received.

Completed application forms should be returned to with a covering letter addressed to the Principal, Dr. Katy Lee. Alternatively, application forms with covering letters can be sent by post to Abbey School, 10-11 Abbey Square, Chester, CH1 2HU. Please be advised that we only accept fully completed application forms.

Applicants shortlisted for interview will be asked to complete a case-study and in-tray task.

Additional notes

The School will complete an online search for all shortlisted candidates. If any incidents or issues have happened that are publicly available online, the school may wish to explore this at interview.

Abbey School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of all pupils and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Child safer recruitment procedures operate and the post is subject to references and an Enhanced DBS disclosure with barred list checks.

The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the School is therefore permitted to ask job applicants to declare all convictions and cautions (including those which are ‘spent’ unless ‘protected’ under the DBS filtering rules) in order to assess their suitability to work with children.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, sex, pregnancy and maternity, marriage/civil partnerships, religion/belief, or sexual orientation.

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