School Counsellor Required: Stony Dean Special School, Buckinghamshire
Location: Stony Dean School
Job Salary: £23,742 – £25,703 pro rata
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: Term time – 19.75 hours a week (Mondays and Fridays 9am-3.45pm and Thursdays 9am-4.45pm).
ABOUT THE ROLE
Stony Dean School is an outstanding special school looking for an inspirational counsellor that shares our commitment to safeguarding pupils and improving life chances.
Our pupils all have an EHCP and they have a range of needs (including autism, ADHD, social interaction and communication needs, attachment disorder, learning difficulties).
Any candidate applying for this job must have experience in this field.
Our school vision focuses on improving pupil’s independence, communication and employability skills therefore supporting them into a positive future and our curriculum is designed to support this.
We welcome applications from candidates whose outlook is in line with the school’s purpose and values and who are able to demonstrate that they have empathy, compassion and a genuine interest in supporting our students.
The School Counsellor will provide a confidential individual counselling service to students; help to establish a school culture in which positive mental health and resilience is promoted; and work closely with the wellbeing team and the Deputy Head (Pastoral) on the management of individual cases, staff training, CAMHS referrals and liaison and outside agency liaison/support.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
• 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
• Ability to work collaboratively with a range of specialists and professionals to ensure the best outcomes for the students
• Knowledge of the Children’s Act and legislation pertaining to children
• Knowledge of local mental health and CAMHS Service
• Enthusiasm, drive and a love for the job
• Clear vision and an innovative approach
• A passion for ensuring all aspects of school life demonstrate integrity and respect
• Commit to a high profile presence in and around the school • Excellent communication skills
• Ability to organize and prioritise time effectively