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Hygiene & Personal Care Assistant

Dorothy Goodman School is looking for committed Hygiene & Personal Care Assistants to support children and young people with a range of Learning Difficulties. As an Area Special School with pupils aged 3 - 19 we need people who can support pupils in all aspects of their personal care and who are committed to creating a clean, purposeful learning environment to achieve positive outcomes for pupils. We have posts available within the primary and secondary phase. 

Hygiene & Personal Care Assistant post at 23.75 hours per week,

term time only (38 weeks) with additional hours for training and during the holidays (if required and in agreement with the postholder)


Salary £9,624 per annum

To start 24th August 2020


What we need from you:

  • Positivity 

  • Good communication skills

  • Good team member

  • Flexibility 

  • Resilience

  • Ability to work with a broad range of learners


More information about the school

The successful applicant must be committed to promoting wellbeing for children and young people with a wide range of learning needs including those with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties, Moderate Difficulties and those with Autism (who may be functioning at high levels academically). 


At our school, individual differences are recognised and respected but are never seen as a barrier to achievement. You will support in ensuring that the learning environment is prepared for pupils to access throughout the school day. You will also be responsible for supporting to meet the personal care needs of pupils. We also work with young people who have significant challenging behaviour and with those who have severe medical needs, and so candidates need to be prepared to adopt a problem-solving approach to the challenges that those young people bring. As a generic Area Special School we must be able to meet the range of needs within our local area, and to this end, we must be prepared to constantly examine and adapt our practice.


We have a great deal of specialist expertise and experience at our school. Therefore, we are able to offer induction, support and training to newly-appointed staff. What is important to us is commitment to our overall ethos and approach. Successful candidates must be willing to undertake training as required for the role.


We work in multi-skilled teams so good teamwork is essential. All staff have responsibility for ensuring the personal care needs of learners are met.


We operate currently across seven sites, and all staff are appointed to the school as a whole. 


The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to a check being carried out at an Enhanced level by the Disclosure and Barring Service regarding any previous criminal record.


Dorothy Goodman School is seeking to promote the employment of disabled people and will make any adjustments considered reasonable to the above duties under the terms of the Equalities Act 2010 to accommodate a suitable disabled candidate.


Dorothy Goodman School shares a commitment to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.  Our commitment is underpinned by robust processes and procedures that seek to maximise opportunity, minimise risk and continuously promote a culture that embraces the ethos of safeguarding amongst our workforce. 


Closing date Wednesday 15th July 2020

Interviews will be held week beginning 27th July 2020


Candidates who have not heard by Friday 24th July

please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please email applications to: Kerry-Ann.smith@OpenThinkingPartnership.co.uk

or post to the school address.