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1:1 SEN Learning Support Assistant

Blossom House SchoolMerton

1:1 SEN Learning Support Assistant (Term-time)

Primary (Adapted Curriculum)


About the Adapted Curriculum:

Situated within the school, the Adapted Curriculum is specialist SEN provision for Early Years and Primary children with complex social communication disorders and/or a diagnosis of ASD. Many of the children may present as non-verbal or have limited verbal abilities, and our aim is to provide them with a nurturing environment to develop their social communication and emotional regulation, within an education setting to facilitate their access to learning alongside their peers. Class sizes are a maximum of 6 pupils supported by a Class Teacher, two Learning Support Assistants and Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists. The children in the Adapted Curriculum do not access the National Curriculum, but instead are provided with a functional curriculum where communication is the main focus.


About the school in general:

Blossom House is an Ofsted-rated “Outstanding” specialist school for children aged 3 -19 years of age with speech, language and communication difficulties. Although many of the children have some associated difficulties such as fine motor problems or poor organisational skills, they are all within the average range of cognitive abilities.


What the role involves:

The role involves working closely with the class teacher and therapists to provide individualised support for a specific student, targeting individualised learning approaches, emotional regulation, and communication. The applicant will also be supported to implement specific strategies to support the students’ communication, learning and sensory needs and in the management of challenging behaviours that can present within this cohort. The role also requires maintaining the learning environments and assisting with administration. The applicant may be required to provide ad-hoc support for other children and also to provide whole-class support in lessons under the direction of the Teacher or Therapist. 


We offer:

·        A supportive working environment in a newly refurbished building.

·        Small class sizes

·        Support from an enthusiastic and dedicated team of Therapy staff and Teachers who will work alongside you in the classroom.

·        Our Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapist, Art Therapists and Music Therapists aim to maximise each child’s potential in a nurturing and supportive environment.

·        Continued professional development and training.

·        An opportunity to pursue a career in Teaching or Therapy where applicable.

·        Great staff non-contractual benefits such as free lunch on Fridays, termly wellbeing claims, annual bonuses and pay rises and a friendly nurturing environment.

·        Close to a good transport network and on-site free parking is available.

·        UK Healthcare cash plan designed to help cover your “day to day” healthcare expenditure such as Optical and Dental bills and offers cash back (up to policy limits) for a variety of different medical treatments. It also offers lifestyle benefits and discounted gym membership.


The ideal candidate will have:

·        Supporting our students can sometimes be challenging, mental and physical resilience are qualities necessary for all our staff.

·        Confidence, enthusiasm and a passion for learning.

·        Ability and confidence to function independently as and when required.

·        Excellent English skills (clear written and spoken English) along with good reading, writing and numeracy skills.

·        Ability to build good working relationships with children, teachers, parents and carers.

·        Experience of working with children with Special Education Needs (SEN), particularly children on the Autism Spectrum which includes the age group 3 – 11.

·        Experience of providing personal self-care support to pupils will be an advantage. Please note that providing self-care support on occasion is an important expectation of the role.

·        Ability to manage a small group of children with complex social communication needs with patience and empathy.

·        Ability to promote positive behaviour in a nurturing environment is essential.

·        Qualifications preferred include GCSE, CACHE Diploma Level 3 in Child Development or equivalent qualification.

·        Interest in learning more about Speech and Language Therapy and/or Occupational Therapy would be an advantage.







Contract terms: Permanent, Term-Time only, 5 weeks paid holidays plus bank holidays


Working Hours and pattern: Monday to Friday, 08:30 – 17:00, approx. 36 teaching weeks per annum. No working required during school holidays


Salary: £21,022 - £23,100 pro rata, depending on experience (£17,400 - £18,900 salary for term-time, 36 weeks pa)


To Start: ASAP


Closing Date: 31st March 2023 but may close earlier if earlier applicant successful.


If you wish to apply for the post, please download the application form from the school website: and email the completed application form detailing how you meet the requirements of the person specification along with the recruitment activity (on the last page of the advert) to by the closing date.


Early applications are encouraged.


This role is subject to the relevant Safeguarding checks, which will include an Enhanced DBS check.

This role does not meet the requirements for sponsored work permits.

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