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Enhanced Learning Support Worker

  • Full time
  • £21,547
  • Sycamore Fife (Dunfermline)
  • Closing 4th December 2022

  • Advertised from 17th November 2022
  • 35 hours per week


About Sycamore Fife

The Aberlour Sycamore Services are based in Fife and are widely recognised in Scotland for providing a range of quality therapeutic residential, education and fostering experiences for some of the most vulnerable young people in the country. The Service is a national resource and as such receives referrals from throughout Scotland.

Our Enhanced Learning Support Workers are key in supporting young people that live in our houses, to be able to engage in education, and wider learning.

What we are looking for....

You will support a child with their social and emotional needs, both within and out with school as part of a holistic learning and development plan. Many of our children attend a mainstream setting, however we are aware that some find this environment difficult and so support multiple approaches to learning.

Holistic learning may include, home learning, real world learning, life skills, aligning with the Curriculum for Excellence, and other supporting activities. The academic responsibility remains with the child’s school; however, we recognise it is everyone’s responsibility to support a child’s learning and development.

As the work is closely linked with school learning you will take annual leave out with school term time. When working during school holidays, you will plan activities with an emphasis on the importance of play. This may also include being involved in group activities across our houses. Depending on the needs of the child work could be completed during the school day but there could be occasions when late starts or weekends work best for the child. Such hours will attract an enhanced rate of 5%, more details are in the terms and conditions document below.

You will show genuine interest in the young person’s world, build a strong, positive relationship with them and be committed to understanding their past and their experiences.

You should be a highly motivated with a good understanding of the complex and challenging circumstances that may arise for vulnerable children. You will display patience and empathy, be reflective in your practice and be able to think creatively and communicate at a level that encourages the child to embrace learning.

Lone working is a major element of the role, with support from the wider team being available. Key to this role is a knowledge and understanding of attachment and the impact of trauma. At times our children express their distress through their behaviour and the role can be emotionally and physically challenging; we are therefore looking for someone who is resilient, understands that behaviour is a means of communication and is trauma responsive.

We are a values driven organisation and look for people who share these values.

What we offer...

Aberlour has a robust support framework, and you will receive regular supervision, as well as access to consultation sessions with our Clinical Psychologist.

As well as a supportive team and excellent training opportunities, we want all our employees to feel valued and rewarded for the vital work they do. When you work with us,

we'll recognise your efforts with generous annual leave, an excellent employer pension scheme and a range of deals and discounts across various retailers.

Application notes

Please go to our website and apply on-line.

If you have any queries please e-mail: or for an informal conversation please contact Marc Blyth, Lead Education Co-ordinator on 07715238347.

Aberlour is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of all our service users and uses a thorough and rigorous recruitment and selection process including PVG Scheme checks to ensure this commitment is not compromised.

Applications to be returned by Midnight: Wednesday, 04th December 2022

Interviews - TBC

A Scottish Guarantee Co No: SC312912 Scottish Charity No. SC007991