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Teaching Assistant

Compass Community School Willow ParkCalderdale

Compass Community Schools are friendly and successful education provisions supporting vulnerable children aged 5 - 17yrs with SEMH and complex trauma. We are a small and specialist provision, educating a maximum of 50 students.

Our established Compass schools are graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and form part of a strong, multiagency and therapeutic approach which provides education for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties, challenging behaviours and other associated learning and attachment-based needs.

Our school is a key element of an emotionally-literate and therapeutic community which provides a nurturing and robust education for pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, as well as a range of other associated learning and attachment-based barriers to learning.

You will be part of a small, specialised and dedicated team which is committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment where everyone is valued and encouraged to reach their full potential; from Functional Skills to GCSE.


We offer:

Competitive rates of pay

Increased professional development and career opportunities including an extensive and specialised training package

An excellent induction programme

On-going mentoring and coaching sessions

A very supportive and widely experienced team


The right candidate will have:

A GCSE or equivalent qualification in English and Mathematics

Experience working with children with social, emotional and mental health needs

Experience supporting children with wide range specific learning difficulties and other barriers to learning

Experience of, and confidence with, dealing with a range of highly challenging behaviours

Emotional resilience and be motivated by challenge

The desire to progress professionally within a nationally expanding child focused service

The desire to be engaged in all aspects of school life from the academic to the pastoral

Experience and willingness to lead one-to-one and small group learning activities and sessions both in and out of the classroom

Experience in assisting in the implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEP/ILPs) for pupils and to help monitor their progress

An enthusiastic, friendly and open attitude with a consistent and firm approach to classroom support

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Strong ICT skills

A passion to make a real difference to the education and lives of young people

The ability to be reflective, dynamic and creative in their practice and a willing to work within the Compass Community values and ethos

Qualifications such as NVQ L2/3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning or equivalent are desirable but not essential.

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