This is an excellent opportunity for an outstanding, ambitious and passionate individual to contribute to the development of SEND support at this new school. You will have experience of working with children in a Secondary school or similar setting. You will need to be a good team player, be proactive and able to act on your own initiative.
The successful candidate will already hold a HLTA qualification or equivalent. You should be a strong and confident user of ICT, as well as having the ability to read and write fluently and have confidence in maths. Previous experience of working in a classroom is also highly desirable
The successful applicant will:
• Good academic qualifications
• Be an excellent teaching assistant
• Strong organisation, administrative and communication skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills, particularly with young people
• A flexible approach and willingness to go the extra mile
• Commitment and reliability
The successful candidate will be expected to work with individual children having special or particular needs, and groups of children, as directed. You will be asked to deliver specific intervention programmes to support individuals or groups of pupils, where training will be given if not already skilled in the specific area. The following does not represent an exhaustive list but gives an indication of the role.
• Support and guide other less experienced teaching assistants work in the classroom when required and lead training for other support staff.
• To lead on intervention programmes for SEND according to expertise under the guidance of the SENCO
• To track progress of pupils participating in SEND programmes, evaluate and make adjustments to the relevant SEND programmes, to meet the needs of the students in order to have impact
• To plan and prepare learning for SEND as directed by teachers, contributing to all stages of the planning cycle, including lesson planning, evaluating and adjusting lessons/plans
• To develop and prepare resources for learning activities in accordance with lesson plans and in response to student need
• To support and guide other less experienced teaching assistants work in the classroom when required and lead training when required
• To contribute to the planning of opportunities for students to learn in out-of-school contexts in line with academy policies and procedures
• To provide detailed verbal and written feedback on lesson content as requested with reference to student responses to learning activities and student behaviour to teachers and other students
• To motivate and progress students’ learning by using clearly structured, interesting teaching and learning activities
• To be familiar with lesson plans, targets and learning objectives
• To use behaviour management strategies in line with the School’s behaviour policy to contribute to a purposeful learning environment and encourages students to interact and work cooperatively with others
• To work with teachers, to evaluate students’ progress through a range of assessment activities
• To assess students’ responses to learning tasks and where appropriate, modify methods to meet individual and/or group needs
• To foster and maintain constructive and supportive relationships with parents/carers, exchanging appropriate information, facilitating their support for their child’s attendance, access and learning, and supporting home to school and community links
• To support teaching staff and students on visits, trips and out of school activities as required
• To assist teachers by receiving instructions directly from professional or specialist support staff involved in the student’s education. These may include social workers, health visitors, language support staff, speech therapists, educational therapists, educational psychologists and physiotherapists.
• Support and follow the school’s Behaviour Policy.
• When requested, assist with the compilation of reports for use at assessment meetings with other professionals.
• Take part in meetings and discussions on specified students as required
• Attend appropriate INSET on days when timetabled to be in school. Attend external training as appropriate
• Undertake any other duties or training as required by the Headteacher, SENCO (or their representatives) commensurate with the general level of responsibilities of the post.