Teaching Assistant

Brookways SchoolSutton

Teaching Assistant (Aspiring Teacher) for students with ASC (Autism Spectrum Condition) in Brookways School

Reporting to: Senior Teacher or Classroom Teacher

Objectives of post

To support classroom teachers in the delivery of classroom lessons and related educational activities so that students make expected or better progress academically, socially and emotionally.

To promote the interests and ensure the safety and well-being of students in accordance with good practice and the policies and procedures of the school

To manage delegated tasks at Brookways, as defined by senior staff.

To represent Kedleston and the school positively at all times by reflecting its mission statement, core philosophy and ethos and by reflecting good educational practice.

Summary of Post

All Brookways School staff have responsibility for the education provision as well as the provision of excellent pastoral care and positive behaviour management strategies, including the use of restorative approaches. The teacher will take lead responsibility for the class, including the provision of timetables, lesson plans, schemes of work, Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Behaviour Support Plans (BSPs). Teaching assistants will contribute in some way to some or all of these, in particular the creation of the bespoke plans for each student.

The teaching assistant is required to carry out specific educational work with individual or small groups of students within a classroom setting under the direction of the teacher. Teaching assistants work alongside teachers in class.

Teaching assistants also contribute to pastoral care, acting as ‘mentors’ or ‘key workers’ for students who need additional support, especially during their transition into school and during difficult times.

The TA will develop positive relationships and work with parents to increase their involvement with their child’s education

All staff are expected to look at students holistically and draw on a wide range of social care and teaching strategies to meet student needs. Brookways Safeguarding and Child Protection must be adhered to at all times

Professional duties/tasks in achieving objectives

To support, encourage and motivate individual students (or very small groups of students) working on learning tasks and activities, set by the teacher in accordance with the aims of the lesson and the Individual Education Plans.

To support the teacher in the organization of the class, undertaking and recording of baseline assessments for new students.

To prepare teaching resources as directed by the teacher and ensure these are available when required by the teacher.

To assist the teacher in preparing and presenting displays of students’ work.

To assist the teacher in the maintenance of the daily attendance register.

To assist in the identification of short-term achievable goals and targets within the context of the Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs) and Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and to contribute to the development of lesson plans and learning activities for each of the students within the group.

To encourage the development and improvement of literacy and numeracy skills by contributing imaginative and creative lesson ideas that are designed to incorporate specific learning strategies and content based on the National Curriculum.

To participate in the delivery of programmes and/or strategies as advised by the therapeutic team (eg Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy).

To work with the teacher on establishing and maintaining the rewards system (the ‘respect points’ in line with the school Behaviour Policy) which act as strategies to encourage achievement and the development of self-esteem.

To ensure the Sleuth behaviour records on students have been completed at the end of each day.

To contribute to keeping up to date records of educational progress, where required, in the form of termly reports meeting all deadlines set.

To support the formal review process by contributing to reports such as the Education and Health Care Plan conversion or review.

To contribute to the tidiness and cleanliness of the Classroom and the school environment in general

To assist in the serving of food and ensure a high level of hygiene is maintained

To provide cover as required

To accompany students to external activities or on educational visits

Finance - to be responsible, where required, for the management of expenditure on educational activities and to maintain accurate accounts, including receipts.

General Expectations

To show reliability and commitment to work being punctual, attending well and meeting deadlines

To be a positive role model at all times, including following the school dress code

To ensure that every student is helped to understand the School Safeguarding Procedures and their right to remain free from harm.

To maintain good personal and professional boundaries and conduct, appropriate to the student group and their families, to Kedleston and Brookways work colleagues and management and to all external agencies including referring authorities.

To respect and maintain the confidentiality of students and others, both verbally and in written form and to work in line with the guidance and procedures of the Data Protection Act 1998.

To promote the safety and well-being of the students at all times and to ensure that any Safeguarding/Child Protection/Family Protection concerns are communicated appropriately and swiftly to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (or, in their absence, other senior staff) so that all necessary measures may be taken to safeguard and support those concerned.

To maintain awareness of and commitment to the Health and Safety needs of all those with whom Teaching Assistants have contact in their work, including first and foremost the students in their care, and to read and sign all related Health and Safety information provided by the school

To maintain a commitment to working with diversity and to undertake all work practice in an anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory way.

If you have a positive attitude, a good sense of humour and are passionate about working with Young People then we would love to hear from you.

We are Kedleston Group Limited. Our fantastic schools and homes support children and young people living with social, emotional and mental health challenges, autism and specific learning difficulties which may affect their behaviour. Our mission is to develop confident and capable young people by meeting their educational, health and social care needs in structured, nurturing school and home provisions. We work in partnership with young people, their families and carers and other stakeholders to achieve outcomes which make a difference.

Kedleston Group Limited is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff to act in the best interests of our pupils at all times. Successful candidates will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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