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Complex Needs Teaching Assistant

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Five Education is supporting a small special school on the Somerset Levels. We are looking for candidates to help support children in their primary base.

Apply promptly! A high volume of applicants is expected for the role as detailed below, don’t wait to send your CV.

We require candidates with experience supporting children with SEND.

The children in the school have a range of needs including Complex Needs, SpLD (Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia), Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) and SEMH (Social, Emotional & Mental Health needs). The ideal candidates for this school will be positive, proactive and patient.

Responsibilities and duties

  • Working with the teacher to help the pupils access the curriculum including supporting with differentiation
  • Supporting the students social and emotional development
  • Helping students to learn self-regulation techniques, though a lot of guidance and support will be required
  • Keeping students engaged with their work
  • Implementing behaviour management tools
  • Developing a relationship with the students and their caregivers
  • Working with other TAs and support staff
  • Working with potential challenging behaviour and/ or complex needs
  • Promoting the school’s learner-centred approach to education

Essential Criteria

  • A teaching assistant qualification (or similar – candidates with qualifications in education, youth/social work and counselling are welcome to apply)
  • At least 12 months of recent teaching assistant or similar experience
  • At least 6 months experience teaching or supporting children with SEMH
  • A flexible and resourceful approach
  • An understanding of the primary curriculum would be ideal
  • Will have strong communication and empathy skills
  • You will be able to demonstrate positive reinforcement
  • Experience of THRIVE would be an advantage but not essential
  • Strong behaviour management skills
  • Familiarity with the Key Stage 2 and 3 curriculum would be an advantage
  • Available 5 days per week, 08:30 – 15:30, Mon – Fri
  • Have a right to work in the UK (A Valid Visa)
  • Two recent child based references and relevant DBS/Police checks

Five Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all of the staff we employ to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undergo checks including a barred list check, reference checks and will need to have a DBS; there will also be a face to face interview. Five Education do not believe in using umbrella bodies, we use PAYE and how this isn’t comparable with umbrella body pay and that there is no admin fee as with Umbrella bodies and Five Education pay employers national insurance on top of the salary. Please note pay rate is for illustration and does include holiday pay.

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