You do not necessarily need previous experience in this work, we are more interested in getting the right person; a person who is motivated, cares about children, is keen to progress and has integrity. If you bring these qualities, and maybe more, we will develop you.
You will receive a thorough induction, regular professional development and personal support meetings, a big say in your desired areas of development, support for diploma training, access to bespoke time with leading company consultants eg Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, the opportunity to attend nationally recognised training programmes.
The founders of SES, Jon Lees and Steve Lord already had a national reputation for excellence in leadership within the maintained sector prior to opening Avocet House.
The uninterrupted Outstanding judgements and the outcomes for the SES children speak for themselves. At a national level Jon chaired the National Committee for leaders in SEMH (Engage in their future) and Steve chaired the Independent Children’s Home Association (ICHA). Neil Dawson the Operational Director currently sits of the ICHA national executive. Vicki Collings the SES Principal, who joined the company from the start as a Deputy Care Manager has presided over twelve Outstanding Ofsted inspection judgements.
We are a consultative operation and culture, a true team where leadership and innovation can emerge from any person and at any level, we embrace that enthusiasm and liberty to do so….it solves our common problems and achieves our common goals, delivering on our vision of “Care and Education Without Limits”
The pay at SES stands up to scrutiny in respect of remuneration at every level. Performance is rewarded annually irrespective of promotion opportunities.
The top of the pay scale for a Child Care Practitioner (CCP) is £23,541 but colleagues are more typically earning £31,000 with sleeping in payments and overtime.
The top of the pay scale for a CCP Personal Tutor is £25,481 but colleagues are more typically earning £40,000 with sleeping in payments and overtime.
You will be enrolled into our company pension scheme.
If you’re keen to progress, SES could be the company for you, our career structure provides opportunities for progression to the most senior roles within the company. Our current Principal, Deputy Principal, Registered Managers and Heads of Care have all progressed through a series of internal promotions. We look for the right person and have a strong focus on growing our own talent.
The annual appraisal system ensures good performance is recognised with increases in pay until you reach the top of your pay spine. There is even a loyalty bonus available for long serving staff who have reached the top of their pay spines.
Companies spend a lot of money on recruitment, our philosophy is we would rather reward our existing staff who individually receive £2,500 for every new recruit they introduce who secures a permanent role.
If you join our team at SES then you will be working within a company that is second to none in terms of the outcomes it achieves for children. You will be part of an elite team by comparable national standards, you will work within a unique multidisciplinary setting at the cutting edge of residential child care and education. Being part of the SES family is an opportunity to make a difference to children who most need it.
The sickness protection benefits are exceptional for the care sector (100 days full pay, 100 days half pay for established colleagues). All staff have access to confidential 24hr counselling helplines, as well as an online, same day GP service with prescription delivery. There is also access to free online fitness and wellbeing sessions.
All staff are entitled to 35 full days annual leave.
All our team are given paid time to support their planning and preparation.
All SES staff and young people are provided with a personal laptop that supports and links with our learning culture.
Being part of SES provides our team and children with amazing opportunities, such as experiencing different cultures, voyages on tall ships and trekking in Africa, to name just a few.
Our homes and schools are located in tranquil countryside locations with incredible grounds, nature and access to the rural beauty of Norfolk and Suffolk.
Our team are not expected to pay for coffee, tea, drinks, food or car parking.
SES operates a ‘PerkBox’ which includes a range of high street discounts and vouchers, free weekly treats and a free monthly movie rental.