Home School Practitioner

Midlothian Council
Dalkeith, Midlothian
24777 - 27050
13 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Vacancy

 Currently, Midlothian has 6 secondary schools, 32 primary schools (19 of which have nurseries) and 2 stand alone nursery schools. Saltersgate is Midlothian’s school which provides support for children with a range of complex additional support needs. The schools range in size from our smallest primary school with around 20 children to our largest secondary with over 1200 pupils. We have a diverse range of school catchments, from rural to urban settings. We are fortunate to have a growing number of new build schools, with 15 of our primary schools and 1 secondary having been built within the last 10 years and several new builds planned.

Saltersgate School is situated within the Dalkeith Schools Community Campus and caters for 115 children and young people with a wide range of complex additional support needs. The school is a non-denominational primary and secondary school whose catchment area extends to the whole of Midlothian. It was built 15 years ago and provides accommodation to meet both the needs of the classroom and specialist subject teachers. The school also accesses the campus facilities consisting of swimming pools, gym halls, fitness suite, assembly hall and outside sporting areas.

The school has a clear focus on developing pupils’ skills for lifelong learning with a particular emphasis on developing programmes of Outdoor Learning and Learning for Sustainability.

Saltersgate School has a position available for a home school practitioner to join the staff team. The successful candidate will be educated to HNC social care and SVQ Level 3 (children and young people) or equivalent and have experience of working with children and families including child development, and trauma based interventions. It is desirable that the successful candidate will have experience of working with and supporting families both in school, in the community and within the home environment.


  • Educated to HNC social care and SVQ Level 3 (children and young people) or equivalent with a relevant discipline.
  • Experience of working with the national and local practice, policy, procedure and legislation relevant to the post.  This includes an awareness of the SSSC Code of Practice, Human Rights legislation, United Nation Convention of the Rights of Child and getting it right for every child.
  • Have experience of working with children and families including child development, and trauma based interventions,
  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of systemic interventions and methodologies, such as attachment promoting, trauma based therapy, child development and parenting capacity.
  • Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of key agencies.


  • Experience of delivering parenting programmes or other group work.
  • Specialist experience of working with children and families in crisis or at risk.

Behavioural Interview skills.

CLOSING DATE: Sunday 26th August 2018

INTERVIEW DATE: Wednesday 12th September 2018            

Job Advert

Position Title: Home School Practitioner

Position Number: TBC

Directorate: Education Communities and Economy

Location: Saltersgate School

Contract Status: Fixed term for 2 years

Hours of Work: 36 hours

Working Pattern: 8am to 4pm

Weeks per year: 42

Please note that it is Midlothian Councils policy that successful applicants will be appointed to the first point on the salary scale.

Based on you working 36 hours over 42 weeks per year the minimum actual salary for this position is £22,910.09 per annum.


This post is considered Regulated Work with Children under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act, 2007. Therefore, it is an offence to apply if you are barred from working with children.
Successful candidates will require PVG Scheme membership for Regulated Work with Children, You will be required to join the Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme Update check prior to commencing employment with Midlothian Council, the cost of which will be met by you.For further information on the PVG Scheme please visit

Additional Information

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Midlothian Council is currently undergoing a period of transformation, changing and improving the way it delivers services in Midlothian. As a consequence, there are a number of existing employees for whom we are committed to seeking suitable alternative employment within the Council in accordance with our legal obligations. Candidates are advised that, for some vacancies, internal candidates in this situation will be interviewed before the wider selection pool and a slightly longer delay may be experienced before application outcomes can be advised to you. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

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