Independent Living Practical Skills Tutor, Sunfield Specialist School and Children’s Home, West Midlands

Sunfield Specialist School and Children’s Home is located in the beautiful Clent Hills, West Midland and is part of the Ruskin Mill Trust providing innovative and experiential education, and supports young people (6 – 19 years) with complex learning needs, including autism and PDA.

For over 30 years, Ruskin Mill Trust has provided Specialist Independent Education to children and adults with complex needs including learning difficulties, autistic spectrum conditions and disabilities. Our provisions offer both day and residential placements and applications. Inspired by Aonghus Gordon using the insights of Rudolf Steiner, John Ruskin and William Morris, Ruskin Mill Trust works with hand, head, heart and place to provide students with the tools to transform material and in doing so transform themselves.

Independent Living Practical Skills Tutor

Salary Range: £22,619 to £30,433.

The starting salary will be dependent on qualifications and experience 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

The Gateway Programme is delivered on the Sunfield grounds, consisting of 58-acres of farms, gardens, and woodlands, and in the community through practical and experiential activities. The programme is registered through Glasshouse College and Gateway team will liaise closely with the programme lead at Glasshouse College in Stourbridge.  The post holder will work as part of team of learning assistants, led by a tutor, and will work closely with the residential home manager of the residence of learners, located on the Sunfield site.

An exciting opportunity has become available to work as the Gateway programme Independent Living and Practical Skills Tutor supporting the learning and development of post- school age learners (16-25years).

The key duties associated with this role are;

  • To design and deliver a high quality, individual, craft and land programme to learners in the Gateway Programme.
  • To deliver learning programmes through practical and experiential activities in the natural environment and in the community
  • To work closely with the Learning Assistants to quality assure the use of PSTE in session planning
  • To ensure that learner realises their potential to be part of and contribute to their community

The successful candidate will have:

  • Have a good working knowledge of the monitoring, assessment, recording and reporting for young people.
  • Experience of working in an environment housing young people with learning difficulties, disabilities and special needs.
  • Line management / supervisory experience
  • The ability to deliver educational activities and specialist training in a manner which is stimulating, engaging, enjoyable and enthusiastic.
  • Exceptional verbal communication skills
  • A High level of personal resilience

This post is subject to satisfactory references, an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for both Adults and Children, medical check, evidence of qualifications, plus verification of the right to work in the UK. Sunfield Children’s Home is a registered charity (No. 527522) and an equal opportunities employer. Sunfield is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

CLOSING DATE: 2nd September 2022

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