Sheen Mount is a friendly school with a reputation for excellence in learning provided within a caring and supportive environment. The talented and committed staff provide a challenging curriculum and have high expectations for the success of all children. The school is looking to employ a full-time or part-time 1:1 support for a child with additional needs. Where the support requirement is not full-time, the Teaching Assistant’s role will be to provide either part time 1:1 support for another child with additional needs or to provide classroom support and occasional classroom cover (1/2 day per week). The vacant positions to support pupils with special educational needs are in Reception and Lower Key Stage 2.
In his/her SEN support responsibilities, the Teaching Assistant will:
• Encourage the child in his/her care to stay on task and concentrate, giving verbal, visual, gestural and physical prompts if necessary.
• Appropriately differentiate the curriculum to meet the child’s needs, liaising closely with the class teacher, the Inclusion Leader and the other teaching assistants.
• Draw on their behavioural management experience to proactively develop positive behaviours, help the child with any social communication difficulties and manage any behavioural issues. This should include managing the child’s environment at all times.
• Ensure a safe environment and give verbal/physical prompts.
• Ensure the provision of a multi-sensory environment and approach to learning and one which reflects the child’s learning style. For example, the need for information to be simply presented with clear repeated modelling and in small steps, supported by visual clues if necessary and giving the child extra time to respond.
• Accompany the child during their therapy sessions and work with the child to implement therapeutic strategies into everyday school life (occupational therapy, speech and language and physiotherapy programmes).
• Support the child to play and interact in a productive and socially appropriate manner with other children. This should include facilitation of small group activities e.g. to develop social interaction skills like co-operative play and conversation.
• Possibly assist with some aspects of the child’s self-care (e.g. in case of a rare toileting accident, and reminding the child about wiping and washing hands).
• Ensure the child gets plenty of physical exercise to impact engagement and attention and provide opportunities for gross motor skill development.
• Ensure there is a clear handover to another named and trained member of staff (knowledgeable regarding the child’s condition and needs) in order to maintain continuity of 1:1 care.
• Support the child’s development as they grow to ensure they continue to be secure, well behaved / well mannered, friendly and sociable.
• Be knowledgeable of or willing to master any particular medical and educational issues relating to the special need of the child.
Where classroom support is required, the Teaching Assistant will, under the instruction/guidance of the class teacher and Phase Leader:
• Supervise and provide particular learning/ welfare/personal support for pupils including children with special educational needs and ensure their safety in lessons and at playtimes and lunchtimes as directed.
• Promote inclusion, establish constructive relationships with pupils and interact with them according to their individual needs.
• Assist with the development and implementation of individual education/behaviour plans and personal care programmes and provide specific curriculum/departmental support.
• Under guidance from the teacher provide feedback to pupils relating to progress and achievement, whilst setting challenging and demanding expectations, promoting self-esteem and independence.
• Create and maintain a purposeful, orderly and supportive environment in accordance with lesson plans, prepare, maintain and use equipment/resources/displays and assist pupils accordingly.
• Assist with the planning of learning activities and strategies to support pupils learning goals.
• Monitor and record pupil progress and report as required.
• Promote good pupil behaviour dealing promptly with incidents according to established policy and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour.
• Meet parents/carers to discuss routine issues concerning pupils.
• Provide clerical/administrative support e.g. typing, filing, photocopying, etc.
• Undertake pre-determined structured agreed learning activities, both to smaller groups or occasionally the whole class, that contribute to the class’ literacy/numeracy programmes
• Record achievement and progress and feeding back to the teacher.
• Support the use of IT in class and develop pupils’ competence in its use.
Sheen Mount Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All appointments are subject to an enhanced DBS check.