Recently Lucie, our Recruitment & Compliance Officer and our SEND Team, Olivia and Kerry held a drop-in event at The Point located in the White Rose Shopping Centre for those who were interested in perusing a career in working with young children and people with additional needs and more challenging behaviours in the education sector.
We were extremely overwhelmed by the amazing response we received!
As we know that not everyone who was really eager to attend could do so, Lucie, Recruitment & Compliance Officer has put a blog together with more information on what skills and experiences are required to work within SEND and PRU settings.
If you’re not heavily involved in the world of education, you may not know what BSW or PRU stands for. You might be unaware of alternative provisions but you may actually hold all the skills required to excel in the role. The SEND Team and myself discussed this during one of our team meetings and realised that there are a wide range of professions and experiences that are transferable to these specialist education settings but people might not be aware. We decided that an information session where anyone could attend and find out more about the roles available in SEND and PRU settings would be a great way to discover new, talented candidates and allow them to have a better understanding of what it means to work in the SEND sector.
On Thursday 28th June, we held our first drop-in Information Session at The Point (located in the White Rose Shopping Centre). It was a huge success with a record number of attendees. Myself, Olivia and Kerry were there to answer any questions about the roles, schools we work with and the registration process itself. We dispelled any myths and highlighted the skills from other backgrounds that would be ideal for working in our schools. We explained how care and social work professionals were ideal for our special schools where there can be a range of needs, anything from learning difficulties to Autism to Cerebral Palsy. Alternatively, individuals with experience in the arts, sports and/or music, or professionals from the armed forces, prison services and youth work settings, were ideal for our Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) where children have been excluded from mainstream schools for challenging and extreme behaviours.
Due to the success of the information session, we are already planning our next drop-in and hope this to be a regular event. If you are interested in working in alternative provisions or want to know about the benefits (highly rewarding work, better work-life balance, no overnights/weekend work, hours to compliment childcare, etc.), please do get in touch. Myself or the SEND Team would be more than happy to discuss your CV and any potential roles with you or, even better, we would be delighted to see you at our next Information Session at The Point!
If you are interested in perusing a career as a Behaviour Support Worker, then please do not hesitate to get in touch on 0113 390 1003.