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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Residential Care Manager

  • Full time
  • £30,000 – £33,000
  • Auchterarder
  • Closing 18th February 2019

About Us

Ochil Tower School is an independent residential and day school for children and young people with additional support needs. We are committed to promoting a nurturing, safe and fulfilling environment for the children and young people that we support. Our ethos is based upon a social pedagogy model and the purpose of the role is to recognise and build on the individual strengths of each pupil and use their interests to help them engage in their learning.

This is an exciting time to join Ochil Tower School at a significant time of development for the school. 2018 was a year of change as the school offered extended care provision and also started a new service for 18-21 year old young adults within our Life Skills Centre. To help us in continuing this positive trajectory we are looking for a bright and enthusiastic individual that shares our commitment to achieving the very best outcomes for children and young people.

At Ochil Tower School we build relationships based on trust and we foster an interest in learning. Our aim is to support and help with the development of social skills and to provide the optimum environment for living and learning. We work alongside a whole range of supporting partners: parents, carers, social workers, educational psychologists, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) specialists and others that form part of the team around the child. We work according to social pedagogy principles. Our approach reflects a holistic and relationshipcentred way of working in care and education, and our curriculum is a 24 hour one – there are always opportunities to learn, grow and develop.

The post holder will help to lead and support the residential team in conjunction with the Head of Care of Ochil Tower school to deliver high quality residential care to children and young people with complex additional support needs away from home. You will contribute and assist the Head of Care to implement and monitor systems and to ensure compliance with legislation, school policies and procedures and registration requirements. You will be expected to demonstrate an absolute commitment to every child in their/your care, a strong work ethic and a team approach. We are looking for a creative thinker who is passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people. The role will lead and support enthusiastic skilled staff teams.

To be considered for the position you must have a minimum of five years' experience in children's services. Experience managing a care service provision is desirable with a proven track record of getting it right for the children and young people in your care.

The role will require you to work some weekends and evenings and be part of the senior on call rota.

The post holder will manage all aspects of residential services by working in partnership with the Head of Care, families, social workers, education and health to support children and young people to promote welfare and development and achieve best outcomes in line with ‘Getting It Right For Every Child’ and the SHANARRI principles.

The post holder will contribute to the continuous achievements and improvements of Ochil Tower School and contribute to inspections including Care Inspectorate inspections. The successful candidate will support the Residential Team by promoting a performance driven culture of teamwork and flexibility, contributing to the overall success of Ochil Tower School.

Working with the House Coordinators, the successful applicant will assume responsibility for service delivery, strategic planning and continuous improvement in conjunction with the Head of Care.

The successful candidate will hold a professional Social Work qualification at degree level or equivalent Social Care management qualification SVQ 4, or the willingness to work towards this.

For an informal discussion of the role and more information about Ochil Tower School, please contact either Stuart Provan (Chief Executive) or Jim Alexander (Head of Care) on 01764 6662416.

The following criteria applies to all roles within Ochil Tower School where PVG/Disclosure checks are essential criteria

Where the post you are applying for is considered Regulated Work under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007, successful candidates will be required to join the PVG Scheme, or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check, prior to confirmation of employment being made by Ochil Tower School.

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Life Skills Project Group Leader

  • Full time
  • £23,000
  • Auchterarder
  • Closing 18th February 2019

About Us

Ochil Tower School is an independent residential and day school for children and young people with additional support needs. We are committed to promoting a nurturing, safe and fulfilling environment for the children and young people that we support. Our ethos is based upon a social pedagogy model and the purpose of the role is to recognise and build on the individual strengths of each pupil and use their interests to help them engage in their learning.

We are seeking a motivated, creative and skilled individual to lead small groups of young adults within our new Life Skills Project. This Project is runs 38 weeks of the year in conjunction with the rest of the school. We are looking for a candidate who is hands on, has a love for the outdoors and has knowledge and experience in garden and estate work. An openness to be involved and learn other activites connected to life skills such as food processing, baking, cooking, cleaning, laundry and linking with the local community is essential. As an Eco School, an interest and involvement in activities such as recycling, litter-picking and bio-diversity is required as they play a key part in our community. The group leader will be responsible for creating and delivering activities and linked accredited courses such as the Caley Award, ASDAN and SQA's. This includes supporting and teaching assisting staff with the direct education and skill development of the young adults to ensure the very best outcomes are achieved. The groupleader will be fully integrated into the lifeskills group and work closely together with the life skills coordinator who will provide leadership, guidance and support. The creation of a skills based, educational environment is crucial to this role. It is important to be able to set clear boundaries whilst working collaboratively with staff and young people. We are looking for a person who has the ability to lead by example and display pro-social role modelling whilst being open and creative. Some teaching experience is desirable.

Life Skills Project Rationale

The Life Skills Project provides good quality care and education with a distinct ethos in a Camphill Community setting for young adults age 18-21 with severe to moderate learning difficulties, including young adults with autism spectrum conditions. The aim of the Life Skills Project is to provide a safe, inclusive and uplifting environment which meets the needs of the whole person. It has a creative, hands-on curriculum and one-to-one therapeutic inputs. Learning experiences and opportunities are real-life based and equip young people with essential skills for learning, life and work. Learning opportunities match students' interests, skills and aspirations, allowing learners to make choices about their learning with the intention of promoting independence and confidence for adult life.

For queries please contact Miriam Puccianti, Head of Education, The contact number for all posts is 01764 662416 or email office@ochiltowerschool.org.uk

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