The job holder is responsible for providing students with guidance and support in dealing with various issues such as personal, academic, parental or social pressures and delivering counselling services to students and referring serious cases to the school counsellor. The position requires professionalism while promoting the interests of the students and the school and carrying out the responsibilities and tasks below:
- Be a key member of the Pastoral team and work alongside the Heads of Key Stage and Key Stage leaders.
- Helping students develop academic plans that match their skills and strengths
- Be a ‘go-to’ person when a student requires an emergency ‘talk’.
- Offer counselling services upon requests from the Heads of Key Stage and SLT.
- Be a visible staff member at lunch and break times so that students can access you.
- Be available to meet with parents to discuss issues requested by Heads of School.
- Provide written records of observations and meetings (with parents, students and staff) using English of a high standard
- Keep abreast of new developments in student wellbeing and disseminate as appropriate.
- Meet regularly with the Pastoral team.
- Develop and support therapeutic and behaviour management programmes as requested.
- Design and develop courses on bullying for parents, teachers and students, and support the Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education programme as required.
- Help the school establish contacts with external professionals who could support our students.
- Support liaison with other schools to ensure continuity of support and learning in the case of transfers of students with additional needs.
- Provide or recommend access to speech therapy or other professional agencies or professionals where needed
- Act as a consistent role model to all students, providing them with advice, knowledge and mentorship that extends beyond the delivery of the curriculum.
- Building non-judgemental relationships based on trust and respect
- Work in conjunction with the school policies.
- Inform the Safeguarding team if a child or others are at risk of harm.
- Bachelor degree in Psychology
- Minimum of 2 years experience as a school counsellor
- Registered with or willingness to register with COPSI
- Working knowledge of counselling models, methods and resources
- Ability to identify and respond to students’ needs
- Excellent listening and problem-solving skills
- Must be patient and compassionate
- High level of integrity
- Desire and ability to work with students of various age groups with diverse backgrounds and levels of ability towards accomplishing their educational goals
- Ability to organise tasks and manage time to meet many and varied deadlines and communicate effectively with students, parents, school administrators and other staff, including the ability to discuss sensitive topics
All applications for open positions at BSB must be completed with the online application form, which can be found here. Please submit CVs in English.
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Employment is subject to references and a satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), ICPC or similar checks from both the country of origin and the previous country of employment.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.