At Chailey Heritage Foundation, we know that our school staff have a wealth of skills and knowledge, and this is how they provide first class care and support for the young people here. In recognition of this, we developed a unique workplace qualification which staff begin working towards on successful completion of a six-month probationary period in the Education Assistant role. Over the course of the next twelve months, they are supported to work on the programme, and on completion, the EA gains the title SEA – Specialist Education Assistant. This achievement is rewarded with a certificate and a move up the salary scale. The SEA Standards Award is accredited by NCFE, who oversee its delivery through a robust External Quality Assurance system, and ultimately produce the certificates for candidates who complete the programme successfully. Each Standard includes a full set of competencies, developed in consultation with the staff themselves through focus groups and pilot studies over a period of years – a lot of work went into this! The essence of the SEA Standards qualification is that it recognises and reflects the work that is already being done; staff members demonstrate their expertise in a hundred different ways every day and we needed a practical, comprehensive programme to support this.
We are proud to announce that the first six candidates have completed the SEA Standards Award successfully and they were recently presented with their certificates at a whole school meeting in December 2020. Congratulations to Jen Carter, Sammie Chapman, Doris De Souza, Polly Drinkwater, Karleen Fortis and Charlotte Walter.