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Education Support Workers

  • Full time
  • £18,241
  • Sycamore Services, Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline
  • Closing 20th September 2021

  • Advertised from 6th September 2021
  • Term time only, 35 hours per week Salary £21,987 per annum pro rata (equivalent to £18,241 for the hours of this post)


Sycamore Services, Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline

The Aberlour Sycamore Services are based in Fife and are widely recognised in Scotland for providing a range of quality therapeutic residential, education and fostering experiences for some of the most vulnerable young people in the country. The Service is a national resource and as such receives referrals from throughout Scotland.

Education Support Workers (ESW) are key in supporting young people that live in our houses, to be able to attend school.

This opportunity is to support a child to engage in education, within school, working with them in our Nurture Hub, engaging in holistic learning that encompasses a range of learning methods including project-based learning, Duke of Edinburgh, Natural Connections amongst others. Our aspirations are that our children will attend a mainstream setting, at a time that is right for them, however we are aware that some children can’t manage in the mainstream environment, so we aim to support their learning through a developmental lens that focuses on building self-esteem and resilience. This role is to provide the child with personal, social and emotional support to enable them to fulfil their academic potential. We are seeking individuals for more than 1 child and therefor look to identify preferred skills and knowledge that would best support the children, these include but are not limited to the following:

We would be looking for an energetic individual with a very nurturing approach. With some experience with Autism and global delay as well as early life trauma.

This adult would feel confident to engage in role play and reach their inner child. With maturity to have fair but strong boundaries and routines.

Helping the child understand her reality from her fantasy world.

You will show genuine interest in the young person’s world and demonstrate curiosity about their preferences and needs.

You will build and continually develop a strong, positive, unconditional relationship with the young person as we believe that relationships are key to success. You will be committed to understanding the young person, their past and their experiences and you will be committed to the young person’s ability to grow and change.

You should be a highly motivated individual in order to support the young person to succeed. You will demonstrate confidence in your approach and have a good understanding of the complex and challenging circumstances that may arise for vulnerable children. You will display patience and empathy in your daily interactions and be reflective in your practice. You will demonstrate the ability to think creatively and communicate at a level that encourages the child to embrace learning. This approach will be person centred whilst meeting the needs of the young person.

You will have experience of working with young people in an education, community or residential setting and hold, or be willing to work towards and gain a relevant professional qualification at SCQF level 7 or above (e.g. SVQ3 Care plus an HNC).

We encourage long term engagement between children and Education Support Workers, who are supported by the residential managers, receive regular supervision and will have access to learning and training opportunities.

We are currently looking to recruit people to work 35 hours per week (term-time only). Please see ‘Essential Information’ on our website for further details.

Funding for these posts is made by local authorities on a case by case basis. This means that if funding is ended, either because the child moves on or because a different type of pupil support is deemed more appropriate, the need for the individual ESW may also end. When this happens, we make every effort to redeploy the ESW and we have a number of ESWs who have worked with Aberlour for a number of years. However, the needs of the individual children are of paramount importance and if there is not a child with whom the ESW can be matched, then there may be no alternative but to end the individual’s employment.

Application notes

Please go to our website where you can apply on-line. If you have any queries please e-mail:, or for an informal conversation please contact Kim Sibbald, Service Manager, on 01592 323220, Kerry Watson, Service Manager, on 01383 733320 or Marc Blyth, Lead Education Coordinator on 07715 238347.

Applications are welcome from diverse ethnic minority and cultural communities, and under-represented faith and religious groups.

Aberlour is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our service users and uses a thorough and rigorous recruitment and selection process including PVG Scheme checks to ensure this commitment is not compromised.

Applications to be returned by noon: Monday, 20th September 2021

Interviews are planned for w/c 27th September 2021 and will include an interactive session with our children.

A Scottish Guarantee Co No: SC312912 Scottish Charity No. SC007991