Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

The Springfields Academy 

Reach South Academy Trust is seeking to appoint three exceptional Emotional Literacy Support Assistants to join the school in February 2021.

Post:                           Emotional Literacy Support Assistant - 3 Posts

Start Date:                  February 2021

Location:                    The Springfields Academy, Curzon Street, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0DS

Salary Range:            Grade F, £20,903 rising to a maximum of £22,183, per annum pro-rata

Actual Salary:             £15,643.28 rising to a maximum of £16,601.20 per annum

Hours/Contract:          Part-time, term-time, permanent position: 31.25 hours per week, 39 weeks per year

The Role: We are looking for Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA’s) to work 1:1 with a pupils, in small groups and to deliver personalised autism friendly emotional literacy and social skills interventions.

The Person: The position of Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) is an exciting opportunity for a passionate and compassionate individual who wants to make a difference in the lives of our learners with autism. Key skills include:

  • To have a good knowledge and understanding of autism and social communication needs and appropriate strategies to support pupils with this need. E.g. TEACCH

  • To have knowledge and understanding of social, emotional & mental health needs and cognitive needs, that affect children and young people’s development.

  • Excellent listening skills

  • An ability to build strong, trusting relationships

  • To be resilient and  able to take regular responsibility for agreed activities

  • Promote and support the inclusion of all pupils in the learning and social skills activities

  • To use positive and personalised anxiety management and emotional regulation strategies

  • To be a trained ELSA or have a willingness to complete the course within 12 months of being in post.

School Background: The Springfields Academy is an academy over two sites in Calne and Salisbury. This includes a residential provision at our Calne academy.  We aspire to build safe independent lives for autistic young people through support, understanding and enablement. Additionally, we are a ‘National Autistic Society Accredited Provision’ with over 90% of the current cohort having a diagnosis of Autism.  All students have the potential to access a primary/secondary curriculum.

We are an acknowledged centre of excellence for Autism; we are highly reflective in our practices, and are continually working to improve our provision and practices. We provide a personalised curriculum journey that enables leaners with a diagnosis of autism to develop skills in areas of need and to overcome their barriers to learning. The drive to build ‘safe Independent lives’ shapes this curriculum and everything else that we do.  The Academy has a PAN of 190.

Trust Background:  Reach South is a young and developing Trust which operates across the South West of England with the aim of delivering all through 3-19 education.  We operate 14 academies in Plymouth, Bournemouth, Dorset and Wiltshire.

We are building this Trust on a clear set of values, behaviours and curriculum principles. At the heart of those values and principles is a belief in our young people and a determination to support them to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become the successful citizens for today and all of their tomorrows. Our vision is to enable individual academies to flourish with curriculum autonomy, within a consistent framework of a metacognition focused pedagogy.  We are committed to collaboration with other schools, MATs, colleges, Local Authorities, employers and Government to bring the widest benefit to young people and our staff.


Our core business is delivering exceptional education for children and young people with a mission to help all pupils aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others put on them.  We do this through the development of a talented and committed work force. In order to deliver exceptional opportunities for learning, we need highly motivated staff across all parts of the organisation.

Further Information: So if you think this role may be for you and want to be involved at this exciting time in our development, please get in touch by calling Nicola Whitcombe, SENCo, on 01249 814125 or email at nwhitcombe@springfields.wilts.sch.uk for further information.


Job Description:  Emotional Literacy Support Assistant Job Description

Person Specification: Emotional Literacy Support Assistant Person Specification


To Apply:  Please send a completed application form (below) to recruitment@reachsouth.org 


Closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday 21 January 2021. The Trust reserves the right to close the job vacancy on receipt of sufficient applications without notification. It is therefore vital that should you wish to apply for this post that you submit your application as soon as possible.


Interview Date:  Interviews will be held on the week commencing 25 January 2021.


Opportunities and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary plus LGPS pension, great career progression and development opportunities with many other benefits.

We’re proud of how we support our staff in order that you have high levels of job satisfaction, are aware of the difference you are making for the children and families you work with and can see your contribution towards our community. There are regular opportunities for professional development and training, and a wider community of staff to network with within Reach South Multi Academy Trust. You will have the chance to visit other local schools, work alongside a range of outside professionals and take part in a variety of e-learning and face-to-face training.



Application Form

Prospective Applicant Letter

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Each post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Reach South Academy Trust has an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete and return the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form.  Please note the information you provide in this section of the form will stay confidential, and be stored securely and limited to only the Trusts Human Resources team and used for monitoring purposes only.