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Support Workers required for SEN residential school near Blandford Forum

  • GBP10 per hour
  • Potential for permanent employment through a temp-to-perm process
  • Night Shifts 

Teaching Personnel are recruiting on behalf of an SEN School in Blandford Forum, which provides care and accommodation for up to 68 children who have autistic spectrum disorder and/or learning disabilities. The service operates as a residential special school. Accommodation is provided for a number of children for 52 weeks of the year. Therefore, the service is registered as a children’s home. Care is provided in 11 houses. Nine of these houses are within the grounds of the school and two houses are situated in the local community.

The school is located in the glorious Dorset countryside with 28 acres of land for play and relaxation. The school boasts many facilities such as a theatre, a sports hall, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, climbing wall, multiple safe play areas and a swimming pool. 

Your role will primarily involve:

  • Working in the residential area providing guidance, support and encouragement to young people
  • Enabling young people to develop by providing physical and emotional support
  • Working as part of a team to maintain a stable, happy and caring environment that puts the health, safety and welfare of the young people first

Important qualities of this role are being a good role model and conducting yourself in a professional manner at all times whilst on duty or representing the company at outside events.

This is a Night Support Worker Role, so you will be working over-night 8pm-8am. You will be working 4 shifts on, 4 shifts off on a rolling basis. These are 'waking night' shifts. This role is to start immediatley, once vetting is completed, and will be a temporary role through the angency. Howeverm there is potential for permanent employment via a temp-to-perm period. 

Person Specification

  • Ability to follow a work pattern and attend work punctually and reliably
  • To be able to communicate clearly and easily with young people and others in a variety of ways
  • Ability to form appropriate, professional relationships with young people and others involved in their care
  • Experience of working with children or adults with special needs would be beneficial but this is not essential. Full support can be given to those who do not have previous experience.
  • The school is not easily accessed by public transport so a full UK driving licence and access to a vehicle would be preferable


All applicants will require the appropriate qualifications and training for this role. Please see for details.

All pay rates quoted will be inclusive of 12.07% statutory holiday pay. This advert is for a temporary position. In some cases, the option to make this role permanent may become available at a later date.

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