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The Rowans AP Academy

Inspiring change for a brighter future



The Rowans is an outstanding alternative provision, with an excellent reputation, which takes pupils who have been, or are at risk of, permanent exclusion from mainstream school. The Rowans have a strong vision and ethos, ‘inspiring change for a brighter future’.

We recognise everyone as an individual and aim to support not only a pupil’s academic progress but their social and emotional development, so they become the very best version of themselves.

As a school team we strive to achieve the highest standards in all that we do, seeking best practice and collaboration to support pupils and staff holistically to progress to their next steps.   Building positive working relationships, within a trauma informed approach means that both pupils and staff are fully supported and able to grow and develop.

Working at The Rowans is rewarding, challenging, fully supported, nurturing and fun.


The purpose of the post is to provide support for pupils, teachers and the AP Academy in order to raise standards of achievement for all pupils, to encourage pupils to become independent learners, to provide support for their welfare and to support the inclusion of pupils in all aspects of life, under the direction and guidance of the Head (delegated to the Assistant Head, middle leaders and class teachers) of the Rowans to ensure that the needs of pupils attending The Rowans are met at all times.

Teaching and Learning

  • To communicate effectively and sensitively with pupils to support their learning
  • To share the leadership’s vision for the Rowans and to drive progress and improvement and promote high expectations and rigour in all areas of the Academy.
  • All staff are expected to uphold The Rowans’ vision, values and policies which underpin good practice and the raising of standards and make an active contribution to these policies and aspirations.
  • To assist in the educational and social development of pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH), within a trauma-informed approach, under the direction and guidance of teaching staff.
  • To provide support to individual pupils inside and outside the classroom to enable them to fully participate in lessons and other activities.
  • Organise and manage safely the learning activities, the teaching space and resources
  • To assist class teachers in the management of behaviour, lesson planning, assessment and maintaining pupil records as required.
  • To assist pupils during lunchtimes, breaks and other non-classroom activities to ensure that support is consistent.
  • Liaise sensitively and effectively with parents and carers.
  • Support pupils with emotional, behavioural and mental health problems and help develop their social and emotional skills
  • To use, as necessary, physical intervention strategies as a last resort (e.g. TEAM TEACH) following training in its use.
  • Recognise and respond effectively to equal opportunities issues as they arise, including challenging stereotyped views and by challenging bullying and harassment, following relevant policies and procedures.

Administrative Duties

  • To prepare and present displays.
  • To assist the teacher in the planning and development of curriculum intent, implementation and support programmes for pupils
  • Assist in the preparation of teaching resources/materials
  • Help to implement lesson plans, under the direction of the teacher
  • To support teaching/social skills training by photocopying and undertaking other administrative tasks in order to support learning.
  • To undertake other duties as directed by the Headteacher.

Standards and Quality Assurance

  • To support the vision and ethos of the Rowans.
  • To have high expectations of all pupils’ achievement and a commitment to raising educational standards
  • To consistently promote positive values, attitudes and behaviour
  • Build and maintain successful relationships with pupils, treating them consistently, with respect and consideration and to be concerned for their development as learners
  • To act as a role model to pupils in terms of conduct, dress, punctuality and attendance.
  • To attend staff meetings and training as directed.
  • To undertake professional duties that may be reasonably assigned by the Headteacher.
  • To be proactive in matters relating to health and safety and safeguarding.
  • Supervise pupils off site on school trips and other external visits
  • Provide welfare support for pupils
  • Have high expectations of all pupils and promote and reinforce pupils’ self esteem
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues as part of a professional team, to meet the needs of all pupils
  • To support re-integration programmes where appropriate providing in-school support for the pupils.  Close liaison with the key teacher and relevant teachers within the school is essential to ensure that the needs of the pupils can be met.
  • To act in accordance with the equal opportunities policy and undertake duties as required by corporate and directorate action plans.
  • To contribute to cultural capital, enrichment activities, SMCS and promote fundamental British Values.

The duties above are neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may be required by the Headteacher to carry out appropriate duties within the context of the job, skills and grade.

The Trustees are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.


Monday to Friday

  • 33 hours a week
  • 8.30 am to 3.25 pm
  • 25 min lunch


£4.15 per hour

This is a term time only post and therefore the salary is pro-rata across the whole year.


Good interpersonal/communication skills.

Good oral and written skills.


You will need to be patient, hardworking, reliable, flexible and resilient.

You will need to be in good physical health.

You should be sympathetic to the needs of pupils deemed to have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties as well as those who have experienced/are experiencing childhood trauma.

You should be aware of the need for confidentiality in your work at all times.


A good standard of literacy and numeracy (Level 2 – Grade 4 or higher in both English and maths) should have been obtained in order to be able to assist with the teaching of pupils under the guidance of teachers.

Knowledge and Experience

Previous experience of working with pupils or in challenging circumstances is desirable.

You should be competent in the use of ICT and support its use in teaching and learning.


On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Apprenticeship Framework – consisting of the Intermediate NVQ Level, Technical Certificate and Functional Skills if appropriate.

Regular work based assessments/observations carried out by Kent Training & Apprenticeships Tutor Assessor, to determine competency and meet with Awarding Body standards.


As of 1st April 2020, the NMW for Apprentices is £4.15 per hour. This applies to 16 - 18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the Apprentice National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.

The wage for Apprentices applies to both time spent on the job plus time spent in training.


Applications must be submitted through the Kent Training and Apprenticeships website. You will be responsible for your travel expenses to and from your place of work. Therefore, you must have the means to get to your place of work on a daily basis whilst waiting for your first wages to be paid.