Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant | Case Worker Vacancy

Our Teaching Assistant | Case Workers make up the core team of Running Deer School and our Intervention Programme at Running Deer CIC.

Working alongside other Teaching Assistant | Case Workers, Project Workers and our Teachers, you will engage directly with our users and deliver high quality learning opportunities and therapeutic activities.

The majority of the day will be spent working one-to-one or two-to-one with a user in both outdoor and classroom settings.

Teaching Assistant | Case Workers:

  • Deliver learning activities which fit in with the national curriculum and other award bodies such as ASDAN and Gateway Qualifications
  • Develop and deliver project based learning as part of our students individualised educational learning plan
  • Deliver therapeutic learning based around traditional, rural and bushcraft skills
  • Deliver therapeutic activities involving animals
  • Help to develop our user’s individualised learning plans
  • Report daily on our user’s individualised learning plans
  • Guide the personal development of our users
  • Understand your role in safeguarding our users, clients and staff and work with one another, our safeguarding officers and external agencies to safeguard children and young people
  • Act as a key worker for one or more of our users, and collate information from other case workers
  • Work in co-operation with our senior members of staff.

Person Specification

You must:

  • be adaptable, display initiative, and be able to work independently; we value creativity and unique thinking
  • demonstrate your ability to work and plan cooperatively
  • demonstrate your ability to develop and deliver project based learning as part of an individualised education plan
  • be able to enthuse and stimulate children and young people to learn and enable them to reach their full potential
  • have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • be committed to continuing professional development
  • be comfortable working with children and young people with additional physical, emotional, developmental, or mental health needs
  • be able to approach their role empathetically and without prejudice while maintaining professional distance and neutrality
  • Running Deer values highly any volunteering experience you might have. Please remember to include any voluntary experience when completing the application form.

Essential skills and qualifications:

  • Excellent core skills (maths and english)
  • Level 3 or higher qualifications (A-level or equivalent)
  • A demonstrable understanding of information technology, including word processing, online platforms a reporting systems
  • Experience of project based learning in an educational setting
  • Experience in youth work, education, or community development in a sector with a focus on children and young people with special educational needs
  • A full UK driving licence.

Desirable skills and qualifications:

  • Experience working in an outdoor environment
  • De-escalation and restraint training (e.g TeamTeach)
  • Emergency First Aid at Work qualification.

Things to consider

The majority of the work associated with this role will be outdoors, and you will work in inclement weather. This role can be physically demanding, and includes walking and hiking on inclined and slippery ground, heavy lifting and carrying, and the use of hand tools.

Teaching Assistant | Case Workers will need to be able to work with children and young people who may display aggressive or non-compliant behaviour in a sensitive but firm way, while at all times ensuring that they are kept safe and well.

Successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, which will include a check against the Children’s Barred List. References are always taken up.

Recruitment Process

Our recruitment process is very clear and straightforward. To apply for the role of Teaching Assistant | Case Worker at Running Deer CIC and Running Deer School please click the button below to download an application pack. (ZIP format) Alternatively, you will need to download, print off and complete each of the following individual PDF documents:

Application Form
Application Pack Cover Sheet
Criminal Record Declaration Form
Equality Monitoring Form
Job Description Case Worker
Reference Request Form

To make an electronic application please download the following WORD documents, complete and return via email to: enquiries@runningdeer.org.uk

Application Form
Application Pack Cover Sheet (PDF)
Criminal Record Declaration Form
Equality Monitoring Form
Job Description Case Worker (PDF)
Reference Request Form

Please note

Do not send a CV or covering letter.  Applications which include a CV or covering letter will be discarded.

If you do not hold a current Emergency First Aid at Work qualification, please contact us before applying.

You will be required to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK.

Applicants who qualify will be invited for an informal meeting with our Executive team at our Butterdon Wood site, near Moretonhampstead. Working for Running Deer doesn’t suit everyone, so this is an opportunity to meet our team, discuss your previous experience and any qualifications, have a look around, get a feel for the work that we do, and ask any questions you might have.

If after your visit you decide that you would like to continue with your application, you will be invited to a formal interview with a panel from our Non-Executive team at our offices in Moretonhampstead.

This interview will consist of a 30-minute question and answer session, which will be scored against a predetermined set of questions. The highest-scoring applicants will then be selected.

Subject to a current DBS check including Children’s Barred List, and references, we will then make a formal offer of employment.

Once the offer of employment has been accepted, you will be invited to attend an induction day, and complete our basic training sessions including e-learning which will cover our policies, procedures, the safeguarding of children and young people, risk assessments, and a health and safety briefing.

Case Worker positions can be full-time, part-time or term time only. Salary: £11.25 per hour

Devon County Council, Running Deer CIC
Department for Education, Running Deer CIC
ASDAN Registered Centre
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Woodland Trust, Running Deer CIC
National Trust, Running Deer CIC


Running Deer

Running Deer CIC is a Devon based enterprise set up to support local people including those at risk of exclusion. We provide activities and opportunities based around traditional rural skills, bushcraft, equine assisted learning, dog therapy, green woodworking and conservation.

Running Deer School is a DfE registered independent school (registration number: 878/6067) for young people with Special Educational Needs.

Running Deer CIC is a not for profit organisation and company limited by guarantee. Company No: 7605814. VAT Reg No: 289345260.

Telephone: +44(0)1647 400201
Email: enquires at runningdeer.org.uk
Address: Butterdon Wood, Moretonhampstead, Devon, TQ13 8PY

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