Senior Teaching Assistant required at this Area Special School for pupils with Learning Difficulties aged 3-19 years

Salary: Grade 7 

This equates to  £16,991 per annum

37 hours per week, 39 weeks per year

As a class second you will support the class teacher in enabling children and young people with a wide range of educational needs to succeed at school. You will put in place strategies that support pupils to engage in the curriculum and will be responsible for planning learning sequences (with support from the teacher), preparing resources and directing classroom support staff. 

This is an ideal position for someone wishing to work in a school to gain additional experience before following a career in teaching, educational psychology or speech and language therapy. 

What we need from you: 

  • Ability to plan and lead learning including assessing pupil progress
  • Skills to support in leading a team
  • Resourcefulness
  • Creativity 
  • Flexibility 
  • Positivity 
  • Organisational skills

The successful applicant must be committed to educating children and young people with a wide range of learning needs including those with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties, Moderate Difficulties and those with Autism (who may be functioning at high levels academically). High expectations of what all our pupils can achieve are essential.

At our school, individual differences are recognised and respected but are never seen as a barrier to achievement. By adapting the curriculum and teaching methods we ensure that our pupils have every opportunity to succeed both academically and socially. We also work with young people who have significant challenging behaviour and with those who have severe medical needs, and so candidates need to be prepared to adopt a problem-solving approach to the challenges that those young people bring. As a generic Area Special School we must be able to meet the range of needs within our local area, and to this end, we must be prepared to constantly examine and adapt our practice.

We have a great deal of specialist expertise and experience at our school. Therefore, we are able to offer induction, support and training to newly-appointed staff. What is important to us is commitment to our overall ethos and approach. 

We work in multi-skilled teams, so good teamwork is essential. We operate currently across five sites, and all staff are appointed to the school as a whole. 

The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to a check being carried out at an Enhanced level by the Disclosure and Barring Service regarding any previous criminal record.

Dorothy Goodman School is seeking to promote the employment of disabled people and will make any adjustments considered reasonable to the above duties under the terms of the Equalities Act 2010 to accommodate a suitable disabled candidate.

Dorothy Goodman School shares a commitment to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.  Our commitment is underpinned by robust processes and procedures that seek to maximise opportunity, minimise risk and continuously promote a culture that embraces the ethos of safeguarding amongst our workforce.

Closing Date: 4th August 2021 at 5.00pm

Interviews: week commencing 9th August 2021

Please note that if you haven’t heard by 9th August 2021please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful

To apply and for more information, please see the advert on e-teach