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Autism Teaching Assistant

Tradewind Recruitment
Devon, UK
Closing date
18 Dec 2020

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COVID-19 notice: Instead of face-to-face meetings, all initial interviews will be via telephone and we can guide you through submitting your documents online.

Do you have personal or professional experience supporting children with autism? Are you interested in helping primary age students with ASD improve their communication and overcome barriers to learning in a school setting?

Tradewind are currently recruiting for an ASD Teaching Assistant for a Primary Special Needs school in Merton, South West London. The role is full time and will start immediately on a long term basis for the full academic year at least, until July 2021 and will most likely become permanent for the right candidate.

The school provides for students with a diagnosis of moderate autism ( ASD / ASC ) aged between 3 and 11 years old within small classes of up to 8 pupils.

Essential requirements:

- Experience supporting young people with autism / ASD, asperger's syndrome, SLCN or similar learning difficulties.

- Previous support role within a school or other child related experience.

- Trained in or prior use of the Attention Autism Approach, PECS, TEACCH, ABA and or SPELL.

- A caring and professional manner, willing to support with the personal care of pupils.

- Must have legal right to work in the UK and an Enhanced DBS certificate on the Update Service.

The main responsibility of this fulfilling role is to support the class teacher during lessons with the educational and social needs of pupils who follow a mainstream curriculum, including core subjects of Maths, English and Science, which is adapted to best meet their needs. You will also assist in the practical organisation of class activities and perform 1:1 and group work with students, including in phonics, to engage them and ensure their progress. Due to the students' needs and ASD there is a focus on developing Social Skills in lessons, during exercise and in group sessions improving life skills and communication skills.

The school use the Attention Autism Approach alongside PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children) and SPELL (Structure, Positive, Empathy, Low arousal, Links) so previous knowledge of any of these approaches will be beneficial.

Pupils spend time each week with a Speech and Language Therapist to focus on verbal communication, an educational psychologist and an Occupational Therapist who focuses on sensory activities and fine motor skills including writing skills.

The school is within a 10 minute walk from an overground train station and is on a number of popular bus routes.

Click 'Apply Now' to be considered for this fulfilling position as a primary ASD Teaching Assistant in Merton, South West London. Or for more information about the role, contact Tom Meredith on (phone number removed) option 3 or (url removed).

Tradewind Recruitment is a Sunday Times Top 100 employer - stopping at nothing to ensure our candidates and employees come first. We have the very best people to take your call and look after you every step of the way. We pride ourselves on exceptional service and take the time to really get to know you, to ensure we have a thorough understanding of your career goals and work hard on your behalf to secure you positions with great rates of pay and plenty of development opportunities. We have more certified CPD courses than any other education recruitment agency, a brilliant referral bonus, full interview preparation, help with lesson planning, online Portal for your timesheets and log your availability and plenty more benefits by registering with Tradewind. Because our people matter most.

We specialise in matching teachers and support staff with their dream job, and help primary, secondary and SEN schools recruit for a wide range of roles across our 12 offices in the UK.

Awarded REC Audited Education gold standard - Tradewind Recruitment are committed to Safeguarding and are also a proud Equal Opportunities Employer
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