Job Details

Job Title: Behaviour Support Co-Ordinator

Salary: Up to £25,000 per annum

Location: Meadowcroft School, Wakefield

Hours: Mon - Wed (8.00-4.30) Thurs (8.00-5.30) Fri (8.00-3.30)


About the School

Meadowcroft is an independent specialist day school for boys and girls aged from 5 to 19, catering for children with a wide range of needs in 3 sites across Wakefield. Our dedicated team work together to ensure successful outcomes for pupils who often arrive at the school with a troubled view of education and life.

We pride ourselves in steering children in the right direction, nurturing aspiration to progress them both academically and socially to encourage them to take pride in their achievements. Socially, we build confidence in our students so they are able to have a greater understanding of the wider community in which they live.

We have a team of fantastic multi-disciplinary specialists who work closely together to find creative tailored solutions to support the emotional development to make a positive life changing difference to our students.


About the Group

We are part of Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.


About the Role

The post holder will manage and work as part of a team supporting the learning and behaviour of students. The post holder will provide practical support for individual students and work with the whole school to promote positive behaviour management.


Support to Students:

  • To provide individual support or activities for students in danger of becoming disaffected or disengaged, in lessons, during break times, lunch times and on educational visits as appropriate.
  • To work with individual students to raise awareness of appropriate behaviour and responses in the classroom and around school, providing them with feedback as to their progress.
  • To calm and diffuse difficult situations involving students.
  • To maintain contact with and provide support for parents and carers as appropriate.

Support to Staff:

  • To provide positive role models for other support staff.
  • To maintain dialogues with key people around individual children’s needs (for example: Community Leader, Pastoral Leader, form tutor, Class Teacher, Youth Service and Education Welfare)
  • To provide other adults in school additional support in behaviour management through observation, shared planning and working alongside colleagues.
  • To monitor and evaluate responses and progress against action plans through observation and planned recording, feeding back to appropriate staff.
  • To assist in the taking of statements for any student involved in an incident that requires further investigation.

Behaviour Improvement Activities

  • To manage and organise the Internal Exclusion room, resources and daily documentation. This may at times involve obtaining work from teachers and returning it for assessment.
  • To work as directed in classrooms and behaviour management areas with students excluded from or not working to a normal timetable.
  • To organise and develop resources, maintain supply and condition of resources and general upkeep of the department area.

The right candidate will be/have:

  • Educated to Level 3 (A level or equivalent)
  • Evidence of continuous professional development in behaviour management.
  • Experience of working with families and young people who have challenging behaviours in a variety of settings including secondary education.
  • An awareness of the current issues affecting young people.
  • Experience of managing in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working with outside agencies
  • Trained in counselling/behaviour management and child protection
  • Knowledge of basic Microsoft packages: Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint – supported by achievement of ECDL or similar

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge

  • Effective behaviour management skills
  • Good oral and written communication with students and adults
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Ability to respond to challenging circumstances in a positive manner
  • Good interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Ability to prioritise own workload, meet deadlines and to work independently
  • Able to work in a calm, efficient and safe manner


Acorn Care and Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young people in our care. Successful applicants will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.