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Teaching Assistant

The Shires at StrettonRutland

Job Title:             Teaching Assistant

Salary:                £19,635.22 - £21,000 per annum

Location:             The Shires, Stretton

Hours:                 37.5 hours per week

Contract:             Permanent

About the School:

The Shires is made up of three sites all within a 15-minute drive of one another. The sites consist of two Special Educational Needs (SEN) Schools and three Residential homes.  We help care for and support 33 young people aged 11-19 and 8 young adults who have been diagnosed with Autism and may have accompanying learning disabilities, behavioural problems or medical conditions.

The ethos of The Shires is very much characterised by a ‘can do’ attitude. We want people who focus on the positive outcome of our children and take responsibility for helping improve the lives of our young people. We share the value of creating a safe and nurturing home and we want people who can be fair and respectful, in order to do the right thing to support everyone in our care.

About the Group:

We are part of Acorn Care and Education 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, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children and young people across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our 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.

Acorn Care and Education is part of the Outcomes First Group.

About the Role:

This role will require the successful candidate to supervise and support individuals or groups of pupils with Special Educational Needs, including Autism, within their Educational, social and leisure activities. We want to promote as much personal and social development as possibile to give the children and young people every chance to make their way in the world. You will need to consider their safety and wellbeing at all times.

The Children we support may be non- verbal or have complex additional needs. You will be expected to contribute to the management of pupil behaviour in all settings and assist in the preparation and supervision of activities in the home and school, under the direction of the team manager. We would really like candidates who are creative and can use their initive to come up with different activites for the chidren to be involved in. You must be able to support senior staff in writing activity plans and carrying out risk assessments and also ensure that all recording and reporting is up-to-date and completed accurately. 

Why work for us?

Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference

Continuous professional development and training opportunities

Opportunity for Internal Promotion

Potential overtime

Free meals, Parking and Uniform

6.6 weeks holiday entitlement

Life insurance


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Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for. 

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