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Education Support Worker - Sycamore Fife (Kirkcaldy)

  • Full time
  • £23,086
  • Kirkcaldy
  • Closing 15th May 2022

  • Advertised from 28th April 2022
  • Equivalent to £19,152 for the hours of this post. 35 hours per week, term time only


"The best thing about working for Aberlour is making a real difference to the lives of children, young people and their families."

About Sycamore Fife

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.

What we are looking for....

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

This is an opportunity to support a child with their social and emotional needs within school and as part of a holistic learning and development plan. 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 an individual who can show initiative and be creative, being able to, but not limited to some of the following skills:

We would be looking for an energetic individual with a very nurturing approach. With some experience in early life trauma.

This adult would feel confident to engage in outdoor activities such as woodland walks, climbing and biking.

The adult would need to share the young person’s passions for animals.

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).

Education Support Workers are part of a wider team; however, their main role is generally that of a lone worker, being the safe person for the child. Supporting children with complex early childhood trauma is emotionally and physically challenging at times, and we recognise the need to have a robust support network for all our staff, from daily check-ins, support from the wider team and consultations.

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).

At Aberlour we want to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. If you share the same vision, we want you to join our team.

What we offer...

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us,

We'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers.

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 Abbie Paterson, Assistant Service Manager on 01592 592124 or Marc Blyth, Lead Education Coordinator on 07715 238347.

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: Sunday, 15th May 2022

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