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Teaching Assistant - Talent Pool

Maple Grove SchoolCheshire West and Chester

Join the Maple Grove Team.

As part of our continued growth, we are always looking for experienced Teaching Assistants to join our close-knit team at Maple Grove School in Chester. If you are looking to join a dedicated team in a school that will welcome your ideas and support you to engage the young people we teach, we would like to hear from you. By applying for this role, you are applying to be added to our Talent Pool with the opportunity to join our team as soon as need for an additional Teaching Assistant arises. We are a new school and are expanding every day so are frequently adding to our existing team.


About the Group

We are part of Options Autism and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

We provide Education and Care across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEN provision means we offer thousands of vulnerable children across the UK the opportunity to build incredible futures, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our schools and homes are rated as Outstanding or Good.

We welcome staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.


About the School

Maple Grove is a newly opened school providing a specialist setting for learners with autism. We are situated in Hoole, Chester, with the school set within a beautiful, historic building that has been completely refurbished and redesigned to the highest standard. 

At Maple Grove, everything we do revolves around the individual needs of each child attending our school, with the aim that every learner is able to fulfil their potential.

Along with our rich and varied curriculum, we focus on developing core life skills such as communication and social ability, sensory processing and emotional regulation; every pupil develops the essential capabilities they need to be as independent as possible when they leave school. 


About the Role

Joining our dedicated team, you will support our teachers to provide high quality teaching of a range of subjects, and help ensure the effective delivery of the school’s curriculum. Colleagues at Maple Grove are encouraged to take a creative approach, seeking ways to positively engage with and motivate pupils through lessons that promote learning and raise levels of attainment.

The ideal candidate will successfully support pupils to develop key academic and personal skills, through the development of positive working relationships with pupils, and ongoing, effective communication with colleagues. Working under the direction of class and subject teachers, teaching assistants at Maple Grove give regular feedback and encourage our young people to develop the key self-regulation skills and social understanding they need in order to become as independent as possible. Our specialist curriculum and personalised learning objectives are key to the success of our pupils and as a teaching assistant you will be a key part of the learning process.


Who we are looking for?

We are looking for someone who is energetic, resourceful and patient, and who wants to motivate and inspire pupils with autism and a range of other complex needs to reach their full potential.

No two days are the same at Maple Grove so we want colleagues who are solution focused, can work at pace, and are motivated by working with children with complex needs. You must be committed to the idea that every child can achieve and reach their potential.  The ideal candidate will be resilient, have a calm and engaging demeanour and be passionate about supporting children to overcome barriers to their learning.

Whilst previous experience of working in within a SEN environment would be desirable, excellent interpersonal skills and the right motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are just as important.


Key Responsibilities:

  • To work with individual and small groups of children on educational activities.
  • To assist teachers in developing and implementing individual educational programmes.
  • To support individual and small groups of children across a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • To prepare materials and equipment to a consistently high standard
  • To ensure a well-ordered and secure environment that will promote the education and well-being of individual children within the group.

 

Essential Criteria:

  • GCSE’s in Maths and English, grade C or above
  • Basic computer literacy skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Flexible approach to working
  • Ability to build relationships with children & young people
  • High expectations of others
  • Resilience
  • Willing to undertake training
  • The ability to manage challenging behaviour effectively, using positive, non-aversive approaches

 

Why work for us? 

A few reasons we think it’s a great place to work:

  • Continuous professional development & training for a clear career path
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • No two days are ever the same!

 

Options Autism are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.

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