Transitional Learning Programme Key Worker

job specification



Job Term:


Start Date:

February, 2022




The Outdoors Group

Closing Date:



Variable (sites currently at Exeter, Exmouth/East Devon, Okehampton & Tiverton/Wellington)

About the outdoors group

Exciting opportunities have arisen in the growing Transitional Learning Programme team for more Keyworkers. We are looking for someone to support learners who may struggle in educational settings by providing bespoke daily sessions in a woodland environment. The Outdoors Group is a ten-year strong, pioneering, ‘for purpose’ organisation primarily based in the county of Devon, providing opportunities for children, young people, and adults to access education, training and fun experiences in outdoor settings. We have continued to grow during the pandemic, expanding across Devon and into Somerset. We are all about creating a fun and fantastic place to work with a strong emphasis on work-life balance as part of a community of like-minded people, focusing on providing excellent development opportunities for all our learners and staff.

job description

The Outdoors Group’s Transitional Learning Programme is an alternative provision that is based solely outside in a woodland setting to offer support to learners with SEMH and ASC needs who may struggle in educational settings. We provide bespoke daily sessions, which operate on a 1:1 or small group basis utilising the outdoor environment. We work closely with the learners’ support networks, both professional and familial and try to create a holistic and engaging place for the learners to grow.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the behaviour of your learner which may lead to crisis management.
  • Provide excellent behaviour management support skills to support learners who display behaviours that challenge- this may include cover at alternative locations at times
  • Plan engaging games and activities based on the needs of the learner/s.
  • Use support-based and relationship-based approaches for the social, emotional and mental health needs of the learner.
  • Completing report logs as necessary – daily and termly



Responsibilities of the post will also include:

  • Reporting daily attendance through a web-based system
  • Communication with parents/carers at drop off and pick up times
  • Reporting of accidents, incidents, and safeguarding when necessary
  • Goal-setting for learners in conjunction with EHCPs and recommendations from schools/agencies
  • Contributing information to Head of TLP in order to update external agencies
  • Engaging in CPD with colleagues (training and skill-sharing opportunities)
  • Contributing to the general upkeep of the site, toilets/structures, and resources
  • Travel to different sites will be necessary, though an effort will be made to keep work as close to employee’s home locations as possible. (Exeter, Tiverton/Wellington, Okehampton, Exmouth/Sidmouth)





This post requires a DBS check.


The Outdoors Group believe in supporting and nurturing all employees and you would therefore be expected to participate and engage with our bespoke Company CPD programs to meet the needs of your job role and enable you to grow with the organisation.


Please note that all employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in their job description.


This job description is current at the date shown, but in consultation with you, may be amended by your line manager to reflect or anticipate changes in the job role.

person specification

Skills, Knowledge & Experience


  • Excellent behaviour management skills with a high emphasis on solution-focussed planning and delivery of bespoke SEMH skills program.
  • Excellent support skills with a commitment to critical reflection and professional development.
  • A learner-focussed approach and ability to differentiate and create bespoke opportunities according to learner needs
  • Knowledge of behaviour intervention and support practises
  • Commitment to safeguarding and safe practise
  • An understanding of learners with challenging behaviour


Personal Qualities


  • Ability to work successfully as part of a team
  • Enthusiasm and drive for improvement
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral)
  • Self-motivated and resilient
  • Willingness to travel across company sites (at the moment this includes Okehampton, Exeter, and Exmouth)


Qualifications & Training


  • 5 GCSE’s grade A-C or equivalent
  • Willingness to complete necessary qualifications and training


  • Safeguarding Level 2
  • Prevent
  • First Aid (Paediatric & Forest School)
  • PRICE Training

These will be completed once in the post

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