Ochil Tower School
Ochil Tower School

Charity registered in Scotland SC006091

A small residential school for children with additional support needs.


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Top job! Residential Care Manager

  • Full time
  • £37,000
  • Auchterarder
  • Closing 17th August 2021

Ochil Tower School is an independent residential and day school for children and young people with complex additional support needs set in beautiful grounds in Auchterarder. We are committed to promoting a nurturing, safe and fulfilling environment for the children and young people. Our ethos is based on a social pedagogy model which recognises and builds on the individual strengths of each young person and uses their interests to support them to engage in learning.

Ochil Tower is in a period of significant development moving from traditional term time residential support for the children and young people to the delivery over 52 weeks. This positive change will have a significant impact across the organisation. In addition to supporting the children and young people all year round the organisation will grow significantly in staffing terms.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Residential Care Manager who will support the Head of Care in delivery and implementation of leadership and management of the care team. You will be responsible for Culture, vision and strategic leadership within the residential care team supporting the Head of Care to develop and implement the vision for Ochil Tower.

Reporting to the Head of Care you will have excellent verbal and written skills and will be line manager to the House Coordinators (managers) and support them to deliver organisational objectives and values.

You will promote a child centred approach to meeting children and young people’s needs ensuring the delivery of quality, person-centred care.

You will lead care self-evaluation, embed the use of Health and Social Care Standards, codes of practice and legislation to support ongoing improvement.

As part of Ochil Tower Operational Management team, you will receive a full planned induction programme.

This post requires you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council as a Residential Child Care Worker with Supervisory Responsibilities.

Ochil Tower is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our young people and uses a thorough and rigorous recruitment and selection process including PVG Scheme checks to ensure this commitment is not compromised.

Ochil Tower School is an equal opportunity employer

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Education Manager

  • Full time
  • £36,723
  • Ochil Tower School, Auchterarder
  • Closing 30th May 2022

Ochil Tower School is an independent residential school for children and young people with additional support needs from the ages of 8-21. We are committed to promoting a nurturing, safe and fulfilling environment for the children and young people that we support over 52 weeks of the year. Our ethos is based upon a social pedagogy model, and the purpose of this role is to recognise and build on the individual strengths of each young person and use their interests to help them engage in their learning. We are a Camphill community who incorporates the ethos of Waldorf education and Camphill values into our 24h curriculum which is based on the Curriculum for Excellence.

The Role

An exciting new role has opened up within our school, with a focus on learning through the 24 hour curriculum and building up a close collaboration with the care team, in order to strengthen our vision of learning and growing together across the whole school.

We are seeking a motivated, enthusiastic and confident person who has significant experience with the CfE, Hgios 4, GIRFEC and the key drivers of the NIF to join our Operational Management Team.

The Education Manager has a key role in the development and implementation of the learning and Education Strategy taking our recent move to a 52 week provision into strong consideration.

Along with leading the Education Team to implement a curriculum which enables our young people to grow and develop skills for life, working closely together with the Care Manager and the Care Team will be an important aspect of the role, building on the successful model of a 24h curriculum not only during school weeks but across the year.

Reporting to the Head of Education you will have excellent verbal and written skills. Following a staged process and upon passing the 6 month probation period you will be line manager to the Teachers and support them to deliver professional and organisational objectives and values.

Qualifications:

Essential:

  • Degree level in Education or equivalent

Desirable:

  • PGCert/Dipin Inclusive Practice or equivalent
  • Knowledge and experience of using a wide range of augmentative communication

Registration:

GTCS Registration and continuing to uphold their registration through engagement with the GTCS standards and taking part in an annual PRD with the Head of Education as stated in our Professional Update and Professional Review & Development Policy.

This post requires PVG membership in relation to working with children/adults.

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 ( Exclusions and Exceptions) ( Scotland) Order 2013 applies to this post.

Experience:

Essential:

  • 5 years experience of ASN teaching

Desirable:

  • Some Coaching and Line Management experience
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Top job! Residential Care Manager

  • Full time
  • £38,192
  • Auchterarder
  • Closing 29th July 2022

Ochil Tower School is an independent residential school for children and young people with complex additional support needs set in beautiful grounds in Auchterarder. We are committed to promoting a nurturing, safe and fulfilling environment for the children and young people. Our ethos is based on a social pedagogy model which recognises and builds on the individual strengths of each young person and uses their interests to support them to engage in learning.

Ochil Tower is in a period of significant development moving from traditional term time residential support for the children and young people to the delivery over 52 weeks. This positive change will have a significant impact across the organisation. In addition to supporting the children and young people all year round the organisation will grow significantly in staffing terms.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Residential Care Manager. This key role will drive the development and implementation of leadership and management of the care team. You will be responsible for culture, vision and strategic leadership within the residential care team supporting the Head of Care to develop and implement the vision for Ochil Tower.

Reporting to the Head of Care you will have excellent verbal and written skills and will be line manager to the House Coordinators (managers) and support them to deliver organisational objectives and values. You will promote a child centred approach to meeting children and young people’s needs ensuring the delivery of quality, person-centred care.

You will lead care self-evaluation, embed the use of Health and Social Care Standards, codes of practice and legislation to support ongoing improvement.

As part of Ochil Tower Operational Management team, you will receive a full planned induction programme.

This post requires you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council as a Residential Child Care Worker with Supervisory Responsibilities.

Ochil Tower is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our young people and uses a thorough and rigorous recruitment and selection process including PVG Scheme checks to ensure this commitment is not compromised.

Ochil Tower School is an equal opportunity employer.

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Top job! Head of Care

  • Full time
  • £51,000 – £55,000
  • Auchterarder, Perthshire
  • Closing 5th October 2022

Today, Ochil Tower School is a thriving educational and residential community, where 27 children and young people, aged 8-21, with special and complex additional support needs live, learn and grow together.

The School is part of the Camphill Community which comprises 11 different Camphill sites in Scotland. Camphill is an international movement. Inspired by the work of Rudolph Steiner, it was founded by a group of Austrian refugees in Aberdeen at the start of WW2. At this time people with any form of learning disability were often excluded from many aspects of society in general and education in particular. Camphill took a different view and created the first Camphill school to care for and educate children with special needs. It is now a global ideology and movement.

The aim is always to create a beautiful and calm experience. Ochil Tower School is set in seven acres of stunning Perthshire countryside. This enables its children and young adults to feel more relaxed and better able to forge relationships with peers and staff. They are then more able to build self-esteem, confidence and their capacity for resilience.

The School provides excellent care and education and is not short on ambition. In October 2018, it opened a new Life Skills Centre. This facility is for young adults aged 18 – 21 and is designed to help them so that they are better prepared for the challenges of living an independent adult life by developing their skills in learning, life and work. OTS is now focused on extending the residential provision to 52 weeks. This is already being provided to eight young people with plans in place for this to be extended to all young people residing in the school January 2023. The Board of Trustees have a commitment to further enhancing and developing their residential houses and plans to build new educational facilities for the school.

Ochil Tower School is now looking for a Head of Care who will form a key part of the Leadership Team, working under an experienced and dynamic Executive Director. The Head of Care would be effective in collaborating with the education team, parents and carers and a range of other partners to meet the needs of our children and young people.

The Head of Care will liaise with members of the school community primarily but will link in with other residential schools and with other external agencies to ensure that the service remains responsive to need, is professional in approach and in line with National Care Standards, as well as Government initiatives regarding residential and day care for children and young people. The successful candidate will undertake the day-to-day strategic leadership and management of the residential team and ensure effective systems are in place for policies, procedures and monitoring. They should have significant experience of working successfully in a leadership role with proven experience of leading and supporting the development and delivery of operational strategies and associated action plans.

As well as all the skills required of a senior manager, you will need to have a commitment to and passion for the Camphill ideology.

We would emphasise that you need not be an existing Head of Care but a very experienced leader who is ready to step into strategic management.

If this sounds like you and you feel you are strongly aligned with the vision, mission and values of Ochil Tower School, we’d like to hear from you.

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