Job vacancy details
We are seeking to appoint a qualified counsellor to join the Academy’s Inclusion team. The School Counsellor provides a counselling service to pupils of the school across all year groups. Working under the direction of the Assistant Principal and in consultation with Progress Managers, Progress Leaders, Subject Leaders and individual subject teachers, the Counsellor will work with students and support them to cope with a diverse range of issues including bereavement, loss, eating disorders, self-harm, depression, anger management, erratic behaviour, abuse of any kind, anxieties and fears.
Applicants must hold a post-graduate Diploma or Masters’ level in Counselling or Psychotherapy and hold either accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) or British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). He/she will have a minimum of 2 years’ post qualification experience with a minimum of one year’s experience working with children and young people. Knowledge of local mental health provision and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is essential.
The successful applicant will be required to attend supervision sessions with a suitably qualified counselling supervisor. This will comprise a minimum of one and a half hours per month to which the school will make a contribution towards costs. Applicants must possess excellent communication skills and have high levels of competency in English, Mathematics and IT. He/she will need to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and be confident when dealing with difficult and challenging individuals and situations. An overriding commitment to confidentiality is paramount to this position.
All members of the Academy’s Pastoral and Inclusion teams are required to work collaboratively to ensure that learning experiences offered to students are relevant and appropriate to their needs. An understanding of the unpredictable nature of pastoral work and the need to respond accordingly, sometimes going the ‘extra mile’ to support students, is essential.
The successful candidate must have experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team and be able to relate to a wide variety of people, including staff from external agencies who have regular contact with the school to support the development of the students.
he person appointed to this post must subscribe to the ethos of the academy and have an understanding of what we are trying to achieve. As well as the technical and practical skills required to carry out the work outlined in the Job Description, flexibility, the ability to work well under pressure and under their own initiative and a commitment to high standards in personal work are essential for this position. You must also be a good team worker able to relate to a wide variety of people in a complex organisation and be able to respond promptly to teachers working under pressure of time. The successful candidate must also be able to demonstrate a good record of attendance and punctuality in previous employment and be of smart personal appearance and must be willing to undertake additional training as required to support professional development.
The Winsford Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service
How to apply
Thank you for your interest in our job vacancy. Please complete the application as fully as possible and explain any gaps in your employment history. We would like to understand more about how your skills, knowledge and experience meet the job description and person specification for the role.