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Autism Support Worker - Physical and Sensory

The Springfields AcademyCalne, Wiltshire

The Springfields Academy, Reach South Academy Trust is seeking to appoint an exceptional Autism Support Worker - Physical and Sensory to join the School in January 2022

Hours/Contract: Part-Time, Term-time, Permanent Contract. 31.25 hours per week, 39 weeks per year

The Role:  We are looking an Autism Support Worker (ASW) to join our Physical and Sensory Curriculum team. This is a unique opportunity to enable our pupils to access our Physical and Sensory Curriculum through sensory enablement sessions, Outdoor Education, Physical Education &/or Creative Arts sessions. The Physical and Sensory ASW would be part of a team of teachers and practitioners from backgrounds in Occupational Therapy, Physical Education and Outdoor Learning. The ASW will support pupils across the academy alongside the Physical and Sensory Team to deliver a personalised autism friendly Physical and Sensory approaches. 

The Springfields Academy is a Reach South Academy for young people aged 5-19 with autism. We have 170 pupils attending our Calne site and 40 pupils at our Satellite provision in Salisbury. Our goal is to build safe independent lives for autistic young people through support, understanding and enablement. 

Springfields is a fantastic, vibrant and caring community that engages pupils and develops positive attitudes to learning. Our autism approach is accessed by all our pupils and is personalised to meet specific needs. All our pupils have an education, health and care plan.

The Person: The position of Autism Support Worker (ASW) is an exciting opportunity for a passionate and compassionate individual to lead interventions and support our learners with autism.

Key skills:

• To have a good understanding of how Physical and Sensory approaches can support pupils with autism.

• To have a good knowledge and understanding of autism and social communication needs and appropriate strategies to support pupils with this need. E.g. TEACCH

• To have knowledge and understanding of social, emotional & mental health needs and cognitive needs, that affect children and young people's development.

• Excellent listening skills

• An ability to build strong, trusting relationships

• To be resilient and able to take regular responsibility for agreed learning /activities

• Promote and support the inclusion of all pupils in the learning and social skills activities

• To use positive and personalised anxiety management strategies


• Experience in Outdoor Education

• Experience in Physical Education

• Experience of delivering Sensory based Interventions

Next Steps: To arrange a tour please email Nicola Whitcombe: nwhitcombe@springfields.wilts,  :   If you are experiencing any technical issues, please contact for support.


All applications to be made directly through TES.

Closing date: for applications is Wednesday 8th December 2021 at Midnight.

Interview Date:  Interviews will be held on week commencing 13th December 2021.

Opportunities and Benefits:  

We offer a competitive salary plus LGPS pension, great career progression and development opportunities, access to our Employee Assistance Programme with many other benefits.  

We’re proud of how we support our staff in order that you have high levels of job satisfaction, are aware of the difference you are making for the children and families you work with and can see your contribution towards our community. There are regular opportunities for professional development and training, and a wider community of staff to network with within Reach South Multi Academy Trust. You will have the chance to visit other local schools, work alongside a range of outside professionals and take part in a variety of e-learning and face-to-face training. 


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Each post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. 

Reach South Academy Trust is committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation at any stage of the recruitment process or in the terms and conditions offered to new employees, or promoted employees.

Please note that Reach South Academy Trust can only consider applications from candidates eligible to work in the UK, and who can provide the required documentation and where a candidate does not need a Skilled Worker Visa. 

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