Children and Young People Practitioner. – – Darlington

*Can you help us on our mission to ensure every child can live a Life Worth Living?*

*Who we are:*

*We are Nudge Education.*

Last year in the UK around 90,000 young people were persistently absent from education. This needs to change.

We exist to ensure that children who are chronically disengaged from education are never left behind and can receive life changing support, guidance and mentoring to help them thrive.

We believe that no child should be left behind. There are increasing numbers of young people who are switching off from life, education and growth. To re-ignite their fire requires a skill that only a select number of people have.

*Who we need:*

We are looking for compassionate and innovative Practitioners who are passionate about inclusion and can create a safe environment to inspire young people to see the value in education again.

The key to what we do is focused upon creating a strong connection with our young people. We need people who dont give up at the first hurdle; those who can think and deliver with inventive imagination. We need inspiring individuals who can broaden the horizons of our students and show them that life is worth living.

Our network of practitioners come from many different backgrounds, Education, Academia, HealthCare, Professional Mental Health and therapeutic practice, Uniformed Services, creative industries, sports clubs and many more. This diversity helps us make the perfect match to our students that gives each intervention the best chance of success.

It is not always the professional experience that makes you a good match however. You may have an awareness of trauma, or you may have relatives with medical needs similar to those of our students for example.

Whether it is a professional or personal link, one thing is certain, the work you do with our

young people will change the course of their life.

*The role:*

You will be required to work on a 1:1 basis (or 2:1 with support of an additional practitioner).

Your work is unlikely to be within a traditional classroom or therapeutic setting, the world is our workspace and your knowledge of the local environment and community will be key to successful intervention design. Youll be expected to think on your feet and adapt to whatever is thrown your way, always putting the needs of the student first, but you wont be alone in this. We have a strong support network around you with peer support on hand as well as regional hubs you can tap into for resources and advice,Working with Nudge Education will provide access to an environment where you can collaborate with a like-minded set of professionals along with the flexibility and resources you need to make a real difference to young lives.

*The practicalities:*

You will be working on a *flexible contract*, joining a network where various interventions will be offered based upon location and match with a student. In return, you will receive a *competitive rate of £18.00 – £25.00 for lead roles *plus various expenses, allowances and reporting fees.

You will need to be available during daytime hours, Monday-Friday.

You will need to have consistent weekly availability to ensure stability in the session times for your students. For example, if you are available at least 2 consistent days per week during the week to deliver sessions this can work for you.

*Key duties and responsibilities of our Education Expert and Nudge Minds Practitioners:*

*Designing interventions* that will support the academic engagement of students and working to meet a set of agreed provision targets

*Reporting of progress, behavioural presentation & safeguarding concerns* relating to your students

Carrying out *risk assessments* of environments and activities to ensure student safety

Occasional attendance at multi-agency meetings as an advocate for Nudge Education

Keeping up to date with trends in education and being aware of current official guidance

*Desirable qualifications and experience were looking for in our Education Expert and Nudge Minds Practitioners:*

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Recognised Teaching Qualification (PTLLS or higher)

Education Professionals

Therapists (psychotherapists, occupational therapists, mental health workers, CBT, Trauma Specialists)

Physical Therapists (physiotherapists, sports therapists, osteopaths, occupational health, dance and movement therapists)

Education Professionals

Sports, Health and Fitness Professionals

Mentors and Advocates

Youth Workers

Art, Music or Creative specialists

Probation or Youth Offending officers

Ex-Police or Service Personnel

Safeguarding qualification from last 12 months

Qualification in therapeutic discipline (counselling, mental health first aid, CBT for example)

Training in de-escalation techniques within last 12 months (CPI, Team Teach or similar)

Experience of Teaching of students with Special Educational Needs and working with students with Complex Physical and/or Emotional Needs

Experience of working with young people with social, emotional or mental health needs

Experience of working with young people in a professional capacity (teaching, youth work, counselling or similar)

Disclosure Barring Service certificate from last three months or registration on update service

*Desirable skills and abilities were looking for in our Education Experts and Nudge Minds Practitioners:*

Ability to build relationships with young people who are facing crises

Ability to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders

Intermediate IT skills and experience of working with word processing and spreadsheet software

Specialist knowledge of learning disabilities and conditions such as ADHD, PDA, ASD

Awareness of National Curriculum and relevant key stages

Driving Licence and access to own vehicle

Whilst relevant qualifications and experience are desirable, having the heart to work with these disengaged children is key.

We invest in our network of practitioners by providing a range of Professional Development opportunities to add to your existing skills and knowledge.

*We comply with strict safeguarding policies and undertake thorough background checks in accordance with Safer Recruitment Practice.*

If you feel that you have the skills and experience required to become our *Education Expert or Nudge Minds Practitioner, *please click *apply *today and upon reviewing your application, if we think you would be a great fit for this role, you will be invited to attend an online group awareness session to find out more. We would love to hear from you!


Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Freelance

Salary: £16.00-£25.00 per hour

* Day shift
* Monday to Friday

* GCSE or equivalent (preferred)

* Residential Childcare: 1 year (preferred)
* Support Environment: 1 year (preferred)

* NVQ Level 2 Health & Social Care (preferred)

Work Location: On the road

Reference ID: Darlington-01

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