Post Title: SEND Assistant
Salary: £21,675 per annum, £17,340 pro-rata
Full/part time: Full time, Term Time Only.
To work under the guidance/instruction of SEN & Inclusion Manager to undertake work/care/support programmes, to enable access to learning for students and to assist the teacher in the management of students and the classroom. Work may be carried out in the classroom or outside the main teaching area under the guidance of teaching staff
• To provide physical and communication support using modes of communication appropriate to the individual needs of the student
• To provide communication support to enable full access to the curriculum and any extra curricula activities
e.g. lessons, assemblies, parents’ evenings, reviews and visits
• To work with individuals and groups of students in class with additional needs under the direction of the class teacher and SENCO
• To help plan and organise learning activities for students being supported
• To provide support in a manner which facilitates the student’s cognitive development by removing barriers to learning
• To ensure the physical welfare of students and assist students with their physical needs as appropriate and agreed, e.g. assisting with lifting moving and handling, intimate care
• To clarify, modify and adapt materials to an appropriate level according to need
• To participate in the Student’s student mentoring programme
• Under the guidance of the SENCO, contribute to setting individual targets and to the review of those targets. Attend and contribute to meetings to review students' progress, and contribute to written reports
• To monitor the progress of identified students, keep written records consistent with Student systems and provide the teacher with feedback on students’ progress in relation to provision
• To provide support for students' emotional and social development by encouraging and modelling positive behaviour, and dealing with disruption as agreed in the Student's Behaviour Management Policy. Contribute to programmes of support for identified students
• To liaise with professionals and external agencies where necessary under the direction of the SENCO
• To assist in the production of appropriate teaching materials
• To contribute to the target setting and review process and support student in meeting specific targets of IEP.
• To maintain and monitor the use of specialist equipment and promote optimum use of specialist equipment in all settings
• To liaise with staff, parents and relevant professionals
• To undertake relevant training as part of continuing professional development
• Attend all staff meetings and supervision sessions
• To maintain appropriate records of work and progress
• To promote the student’s inclusion within the school
• To promote the student’s independence skills in communication, learning and social skills
Key Organisational Objectives
• Following Health and Safety requirements and initiatives as directed
• Ensuring compliance with Data Protection legislation and confidentiality
• The Student is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of student and we expect all staff to share this commitment.
• At all times operating within the college’s Equalities policies.
• Commitment and contribution to improving standards for students as appropriate
• Adopting Customer Care and Quality initiatives
• Fulfilling the role of Student Personal Adviser and/or mentor if required
• Contributing to the maintenance of a caring and stimulating environment for young people
• At all times the postholder must adhere to professional business standards of dress, courtesy and efficiency in line with the ethos and specialism of the Student
Special Conditions of Service
The Academy will undertake an enhanced disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) check on successful candidates.
GCSE grade C or above in Maths and English (or equivalent)
Experience of working with young student and their families in a multicultural environment
Experience of developing and delivering individual education programmes for student with specific needs
Experience of developing and delivering individual education programmes for student with specific needs.
Experience of the management and improvement of progress of students with SEND by implementing group and individualised support programmes
Experience of liaising with multiple agencies in order to provide individualised support packages for students and communicate changes with teachers
Must be well organised and well presented
Excellent communication skills in writing and orally at all levels
Ability to work under pressure whilst maintaining a positive, professional
Ability to work as part of a team
Ability to organise and prioritise workload and work on own initiative
Ability to communicate effectively with staff, students, parents and agencies/statutory bodies etc. and maintain good working relationships
Big Creative Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.