Inglehurst Infant School SEND Level 2 Teaching Assistant
Full time, Temporary for one academic year
30 hours x 39 weeks
At Inglehurst Infant School our overarching aim is to nurture and inspire happy, healthy and confident learners. We pride ourselves on creating a welcoming, caring and safe environment where each person feels valued and respected. We are an inclusive school and we value the unique contributions that all children have to bring to the classroom and we believe that diverse groups of children, working side by side, will benefit all.
We are looking to recruit enthusiastic, highly motivated and experienced SEND TAs to support individual children with significant needs in their communication and interaction (including Autism), learning and cognition (e.g., developmental delay), physical or emotional and behavioural needs. Due to the age of these children, a diagnosis may not yet have been made.
You would need to be willing to:
- Support the children throughout the day, helping them to maintain concentration and focus for short periods of time.
- Support the children to access differentiated learning in class as well as working on specific individual targets.
- Use a range of teaching strategies to support pupils with complex SEND needs, such as visual timetables, now and next boards, PECS, choice boards, gestures/visual prompts, Makaton signing, tactile resources and objects of reference.
- Support children with their personal care needs e.g. changing nappies.
- Liaise and plan with the SENDCo / class teacher to support pupils in their learning and development.
- Promote the development of literacy, numeracy, and speech and language, through individual support, working in collaboration with the class teacher and SENDCo.
- Deliver specific interventions e.g., Funtime, , Colourful Semantics, therapeutic play, Play Interaction and Intensive Interaction.
- Be aware of, support and follow school policies and procedures.
- Assist the teacher by receiving instructions directly from professionals or specialist support staff involved in the children’s education. These may involve Social Workers, Health Visitors, School Nurses, Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists.
- Report any concerns regarding a child’s welfare or education to the class teacher and/or the SENDCo.
- Be aware of correct procedures for safeguarding concerns, referring such matters to the appropriate designated person for further action.
- Under the direction of the SENDCO/teacher, liaise with parents/carers as appropriate, maintaining sensitivity and confidentiality at all times.
- Assist with the arrival and departure of children at the beginning and end of school sessions.
- Assist with maintaining good discipline throughout the school at all times, following school procedures. When directed, escort and supervise pupils on planned visits/journeys.
- Assist with the preparation of resources e.g. photocopying, filing of work, making resources and the creation and mounting of displays of children’s work.
- Assist and attend with seasonal events e.g. parents’ evenings, fundraising or charity events.
- Show a commitment to school life by running or assisting with an extra-curricular club.
- Attend appropriate staff meetings and training days/events as requested.
- To cover lunchtime supervision duties as requested.
- Trained in a variety of areas of SEND, e.g., Autism, Speech and Language difficulties, emotional difficulties, ADHD/ADD or dyspraxia.
We can offer the successful candidate the opportunity to:
- Work with bright, happy and motivated children
- Receive full support from a highly professional and friendly team across the school.
- Excellent support from the school SENDCo, a team of SEND teaching assistants and outside agencies.
Visits to the school are warmly welcomed and can be arranged by calling the School Office.
Closing date: Thursday 24th June 2021 at 10.00am
Interview dates: Tuesday 29th June 2021 and Wednesday 30th June 2021
The successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check plus identification check.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants will be required to undertake pre-employment checks, such as an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. Applicants who will be undertaking early and/or later years childcare (or the management of such childcare) will be required to complete a declaration that neither they, nor anyone who lives in the same household, is a disqualified person under the Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009.