How you'll make a difference

Are you a Motor Mechanic or car enthusiast with the knowledge, skills and aptitude to share your interest and enthusiasm with young people? If so, you may be just the person we are looking for.

We have an exciting vacancy for a Vehicle Maintenance Instructor who is able to deliver a range of car and/or motor cycle related subject content to young people in our fully equipped workshop. Your previous experience may include motor mechanics, panel beating/spraying, welding or restoring cars or motorbikes. Our young people have a range of interests in this subject area including all of the above and more.

You will need to have a passion for raising attainment and will have the commitment and drive to change outcomes for children and young people who are likely to have experienced multiple and complex disadvantage, deprivation and trauma.

You could make a difference by helping a young person unlock a brighter future, through your creativity, resilience and as a passionate educator you will be committed to improving the life chances for vulnerable young people.  

Vinney Green Secure Children’s Home (VGSCH) is situated in South Gloucestershire, located to the north east of the city of Bristol. It was opened in February 1995 and accommodates up to 24 young people, aged between 10 and 18 of all genders. The Home has been designed to a very high standard and is structured to provide physical containment in an environment which is comfortable and attractive. VGSCH offers young people a safe and caring environment, where they experience high quality care, education, recreational facilities, vocational and life skills training. Your part in the provision will be to inspire troubled and vulnerable children and young people, help them to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in your subject area, support them to gain qualifications, and empowering them to play an active part in their learning.  

Our vision is for all young people to be immersed in an ambitious and holistic curriculum; inspired to be their best self

Our Values are Achievement; Safety; Positivity; Impact; Respect and Effort

 
What will you be doing?
 
  • You will deliver a range of car and/or motor cycle related subject content to young people in our fully equipped workshop. Your previous experience may include motor mechanics, panel beating/spraying, welding or restoring cars or motorbikes. 
  • You will design and implement an engaging and relevant subject curriculum including schemes of work
  • You will plan and deliver effective and appropriate lessons to up to 24 children and young people in groups of 2-4 within the secure Home environment
  • You will be responsible for assessment, monitoring, recording and reporting on the learning needs, progress and achievements of assigned pupils.  Where relevant you will ensure that pupils work is marked and up to date with clear feedback to support progress.
  • You will build effective and positive relationships with children and young people, many whom have experienced complex trauma, and may demonstrate problematic and/or extreme behaviours.
  • Contribute to developing social skills, raising self-esteem and encouraging the personal progress of all pupils in all activities.
  • Provide support to the wider network of professionals to meet their statutory responsibilities ensuring that educational and holistic needs of children are met
  • As part of the Education Team you will work proactively and in line with the Home’s behaviour management policy to promote positive behaviour and deploy effective strategies to minimise disruptive and unwanted behaviour
  • You will promote the safety and well-being of pupils, adhering to all safety, security, safeguarding and related policies and procedures
  • You will provide the Head teacher or Deputy Head Teacher with appropriate feedback and reports on achievement, progress and development, you will be required to contribute to documentation such as behaviour management records and young persons’ daily logs.
 

What we need from you

  • You should enjoy teaching small groups of children in a highly structured yet flexible and often challenging environment.  Experience with pupils who demonstrate behaviours that challenge, including those who present with SEMH, a huge amount of patience, a good sense of humour and great flexibility are very helpful for this role.
  • You should have a good standard of general education, to include literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to GCSE C grade (old) or level 4 (new) in English and Maths
  • You will have a qualification or significant previous experience in the subject being delivered and will have excellent subject knowledge
  • You will have a either a qualification in working with children and young people and/or considerable experience of working with young people in a relevant setting
  • You will have good interpersonal skills with both adults and young people. For example the ability to effectively de-escalate conflict between young people, able to communicate concerns with relevant managers.
  • You will have the ability to effectively support young people’s learning.
  • You must be willing to undertake further professional development.
  • You may have a teaching and/or training qualification or Teaching, coaching or training experience with young people aged 11-18
  • It would be beneficial to have previous experience in a specialist setting: SEND in mainstream, special school, special unit etc, particularly with pupils who present with SEMH.
 
Things we need you to know
 

Salary Band: £25,991 to £28,672 per annum plus secure home allowance of £2,460 per annum.

Working Pattern: Permanent / 37 hours per week (Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm)

  • Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013). 
  • This post is subject to a Disqualification from Working with Children declaration.
    Young people can present physically threatening behaviour and the environment can become tense and anxiety provoking, so for everybody’s safety surveillance cameras are in use in most areas of the building.
  • Please note that school holiday closures at Vinney Green are at variance with local authority school closures. In most cases staff will be unable to take more than 2 consecutive week’s annual leave at any one time without express permission of the Head of Education or Registered Manager.   Annual leave entitlement is 24 days per annum increasing to 29 after 5 years continuous service (excluding public and bank holidays).  All leave is pro rata to hours worked.
 
 
What resources and support do we provide?
 
  • A full Induction program.
  • An allocated mentor and supervisor who will meet with you at regular intervals.
  • A comprehensive CPD package.
  • Onsite access to CAMHS, Educational Psychology, SALT, OT, an Interventions Team and others within a multidisciplinary team to support effective teaching and enable the holistic needs of children to be met.
  • The opportunity to work within a lively, dynamic and supportive education team.
  • A unique opportunity to work within a small national network of Secure Children’s Homes as part of an established multidisciplinary team; working together in the best interests of children and young people.
  • Access to generous non-contact time over and above the statutory entitlement of 10%.
  • You will will have devolved responsibility for a generous subject/departmental budget for curriculum resources to enhance and enrich the learning experiences of children and young people over and above what would typically be found within a traditional school setting.

How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different

  • What’s special here is the strength of the team ethos, the support and the training. 
  • We're working with the most vulnerable in our community to help them achieve what they want in life.
  • We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Ensuring all our staff are given right skills, knowledge and support to recognise and respond effectively to potential abuse or neglect.
  • We recognise that our diverse team of skilled and dedicated people make us a great place to work. We welcome applications from everyone and ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and developed on the basis of their merits and abilities.

We've achieved a great deal, but we need talented and dedicated people to ensure we continue to make a difference.   

We’re making a difference, be part of it!   

 
For an informal discussion once you have read the Job Description, please contact Helen McDicken, Head of Education or Andy Watch, Deputy Head on 0117 9702286
 
Interviews will be held on 13 December 2021.
 
 
 

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