Teaching Assistant with Care Duties
(for 39 weeks in education and 20 shifts in care)
Do you want to change lives?
Our client is seeking several Teaching Assistants with Care Duties to join their team to work 36 hours a week over 39 weeks (term time) supporting education in our specialist school and college. In addition, you will work 20 shifts (160 hours) a year in our registered children's home over weekends and/or school holidays supporting residential students in their life outside of school or college.
You don't need experience to apply. You do need empathy and compassion, physical and mental resilience, and the drive to make a real difference to the lives of our young people.
A Teaching Assistant with Care Duties role at our client's school or college is very different from a mainstream TA position. During the school week, you will be supporting students, age 5-19, with severe social communication difficulties, complex learning disabilities and often challenging behaviours to access therapy-based education. Outside school time, you will be supporting our young people to aspire to independence through the development of life-skills. You will be trained to develop the skills and confidence to help some of society's most vulnerable individuals to achieve their potential and to prepare them for adult life.
Term time school hours are 36 per week: Monday 08.30-16.00, Tuesday - Thursday 08.30 - 16.15 and Friday 08.30 - 15.45. Care hours are by rota worked during school holidays and/or over weekends and will be allocated via the care rota in line with the needs of the care team. If you are unable to work the 20 care shifts a year but would be interested in this role it can be discussed.
What are we looking for?
* Literacy and Numeracy Skills: you will need to support the students in their learning and be able to read, understand and complete medication forms, risk assessments and student reports and records.
* Common Sense: you will need work in a team and dynamically risk assess challenging situations to keep yourself and others safe.
* Communication skills: you need to be able to communicate effectively with children, families and professionals.
* Patience: you will need to adapt to the pace of each individual young person and be able to remain calm when faced with anxious, emotional or frustrated behaviours, some of which would be deemed unacceptable elsewhere.
What you can expect
* A two year nationally accredited TA qualification with dedicated training
* QCF level 3 diploma in Health & Social Care/Residential Childcare qualification
* *Team Teach positive behaviour support training
* Excellent career progression opportunities in Education, Therapies or Care
* Free hot lunch during term time
* Generous pension scheme
* Free on-site parking
* Comprehensive 5-day induction programme
* Employee assistance service (confidential, professional wellbeing and counselling 24/7 service)
* Local leisure centre discount on gym, swim and fitness classes
* Based on a beautiful site in a semi-rural area on the edge of the Surrey Hills (Own transport is desirable)
Some of our students may need personal care