Special Needs Teaching Assistant

Teaching Personnel
Southsea, UK
18 Aug 2019
17 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Teaching Personnel is the UK's leading education recruitment agency. Since 1996 we have registered hundreds of thousands of teachers and classroom support staff who have chosen us to help them find work in UK classrooms.

Our specialist Hampshire SEN branch are currently working with a number of SEN providers who are looking for additional Teaching Assistants to support on both a day-to-day and long term basis in September. Primary locations for these opportunities are in Portsmouth and surrounding areas.

Special Needs Teaching Assistants support students with special educational needs (SEN) in the classroom, as directed by an SEN teacher in order to help pupils succeed with their learning. It takes a very special person to work with pupils with severe learning difficulties. Class sizes can be as small as 3/4 pupils and there is a high ratio of LSA support. SLD/PMLD schools have pupils with complex needs, there may be pupils with degenerative illnesses, those who are completely non-verbal and communicate using basic signing tools like Makaton or through a series of lights and clickers. There may be pupils at the high end of the autism spectrum or with Cerebral Palsy. Ability levels can vary considerably. You'll be working with other professionals within the school, e.g. a nurse, physiotherapist, speech and language therapist, etc.

Your main duties will include:
  • Inspiring and engaging with young adults with physical and mental difficulties
  • Assessing individual learning needs and working on a group basis
  • Preparing materials, equipment and lessons
  • Assessing and reporting on individual pupils' progress
  • Assisting with the personal care needs of pupils; this may include feeding, changing and manual handling
  • Liaising with parents, carers and professionals such as mainstream teachers, education welfare officers, social workers and Healthcare professionals

The successful candidates need to have previous experience of working with SEN students and have a strong desire of getting involved in every aspect of the school. Experience with children and young adults that have PMLD, SLD, ASD & MLD would be preferable.

Other experience & qualifications desirable:
  • Team Teach/MAPA qualified
  • Moving & Handling
  • First Aid trained

All applicants will require the appropriate qualifications and training for this role. Please see faqs for details.

All pay rates quoted will be inclusive of 12.07% statutory holiday pay.

Teaching Personnel is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All candidates must undertake or have undertaken a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Full assistance provided.

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