Behaviour Support Worker

Ark Ayrton Primary Academy

  • £22,172 - £24,935
  • Fixed Term
Posted 1 week ago

Behaviour Support Worker

Ark Ayrton Primary Academy, Somers Road, PO5 4LS


We are excited to be looking for a Pastoral Support Assistant to join our dedicated team in the heart of Portsmouth, so thank you for your interest.    


At Ark Ayrton, we are committed to our wonderful community and amazing children. We have high aspirations and expectations for all and a strong and passionate team of staff who are dedicated to ensuring that every child achieves their full potential, becomes a well-rounded, successful citizen, ready to take on new adventures and challenges along their journey.   


We know every child in depth and use this knowledge to plan for our children ensuring high expectations at all times. We recognise that some children have additional social, emotional and mental health needs and so are looking to enhance our pastoral team.


We are seeking motivated and nurturing individuals to support our children with their social, emotional and mental health needs, their behaviour and their attendance. Working closely with staff, children, parents and external agencies, you will be instrumental in supporting and caring for our children at key points through the day, delivering interventions and working with them through carefully adapted lessons and provision to ensure they thrive and achieve their very best. 


We are part of the Ark network of schools and work closely with Ark Dickens and Ark Charter to serve the children of Portsmouth. We are committed to ensuring our children are well-equipped to successfully make the next exciting step in education as they move onto secondary school and furthermore take their place as great citizens of their community. 


Ideal candidates will:


          Have a passion and talent for supporting and nurturing children, particularly those with the greatest challenges 

          Have experience of establishing successful relationships with a variety of children  

          Have experience in play therapy, counselling, SEMH interventions and/or other pastoral support and therapeutic work 

          Have experience dealing with safeguarding concerns  

          Have a positive attitude and complete belief in the importance of inclusion 

          Have high expectations of all in the school community to be committed to a relational and restorative model 

          Have a thorough understanding of safeguarding and confidentiality   


View full Job Description & Person Spec. here


Key responsibilities

          To pro-actively assess children and plan targeted intervention to meet their needs

          To support teachers with strategies to meet the needs of pupils in class

          To work with parents and carers to develop strategies to effectively meet their children’s needs and help them achieve in school

          To help run Breakfast Club

          To respond to any behaviour calls and de-escalate any situations that may arise

          To support the wider work and ethos of Ark Ayrton Primary Academy


By joining Ark Ayrton Primary Academy and the wider Ark team, you will have the opportunity to work with great colleagues, and to develop your career through our professional development programme. You will be encouraged to become a reflective and open practitioner.  Please take a look at our website to find out more about the school  


How to apply


Please visit to complete and submit the online application form.


Visits to the school are encouraged. 


Please contact Lynda Miller, Operations Manager on 023 92824828 to confirm a visit or to discuss the role further.  If you have any technical queries about the application process, please contact the recruitment team on   


Closing Date: Friday 26th July 2024

(please note we will be reviewing applications on an on-going basis

so this advert may close earlier than advertised depending on level of response)  

Contract:      Permanent

Start date:    ASAP 

Salary:           Ark Support Scale Band 5 Point 5-12 (FTE £23,500 – £26,421)   

Actual Salary £22,172-£24,935

Hours:             38.5 hours per week, Term time only 


Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process which will include questions about safeguarding. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English is an essential requirement for the role. 

Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment – this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred. To read more about Ark’s safer recruitment process, please click this link.  

We aim to build a diverse and inclusive organisation where everyone – staff and students – can do their best work and achieve their full potential. We want to reflect and represent diverse perspectives across our organisation because we know that doing so will make us stronger and more effective. To know more about Ark’s diversity and inclusion commitments, please click on this link. 



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