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Early Years SEND Teaching Assistant (1:1) Special School

Five Education



£80 - £90/day inc holiday pay


Posted: 08/02/2024

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Are you passionate about children achieving their very best outcomes?
Are you up for a challenge which huge rewards at the end?

If the answer is yes, we would love to speak to you about an exciting opportunity to join a supportive team at a vibrant special school in Cheltenham. They are looking for an enthusiastic and compassionate teaching assistant to work with their youngest children on a 1:1 basis.

A bit about the school:
This is a lovely special school that delivers extremely high-quality education. It caters for children aged 2 - 19 and operates on a child-cantered basis. Children follow tailored educational programs which meet their individual needs. Staff are highly trained to support a range of different severe and profound learning difficulties, and many are also trained in a range of specific interventions, such as music therapy, rebound therapy, thrive, animal therapy and more. The staff here are extremely supportive and committed to working collaboratively to ensure the best outcomes for all children.

A bit about the role:
This rewarding role involves supporting young children with severe and profound learning difficulties. You will be based in the early years department, working 1:1 with children aged 2 - 5 years old. In conjunction with the class teacher, you will play a pivotal role in supporting children's personal, social, and academic needs. You will be supporting children within the classroom, in the outdoor learning area and/or in specific learning spaces (e.g. quiet room).
All the children you will be working with have an EHCP (Education Health Care Plan) in place or are being assessed for an EHCP. This plan will assist you in delivering targeted and meaningful interventions for the children you work with. You will also play a key role in reviewing children's developmental progress and setting new targets.

Main responsibilities and duties:

Supporting children aged 2 - 5 years old that have severe and profound learning difficulties.
Working 1:1 with children and leading small group interventions.
Providing personal care that ensures safety and dignity.
Contributing to annual review meetings and other progress reviews, together with the class teacher.
Collaborating with colleagues and external professionals regularly.

Essential Criteria:

Approved qualification of Level 3 or above
Level 2 qualification in English
Previous experience supporting children with SEND
Available 5 days per week, 8:30am - 3:30pm

Desirable Criteria:

Experience supporting children with SEND in the early years.
12 months or more experience supporting children with severe and profound learning difficulties
Previous experience/training in Thrive, or other equivalent interventions.
Previous experience/training in communication and language interventions.
Previous experience liaising with SENCOs and/or external professionals.
Knowledge and understanding of the SEN Code of Practice.

What can Five Education offer you?

One of the best supply experiences in Bristol - check out our google reviews!
Free specialised, in-person training in areas such as Team Teach, Makaton, PMLD/SLD Awareness, Autism Awareness, and more.?
Recommend a friend bonus scheme
Subsidised initial DBS cost (we pay £15, you pay £30, refunded after working 5 days)
Guaranteed work scheme, the perfect agreement to get into supply work with peace of mind, without worrying about whether you will be offered work or not!?
Specialist support/mentoring while you are working

Five Education operates a PAYE payroll; this is the most transparent way to be paid with no hidden fees such as admin fees or employers' NI. We are also proud to be an accredited Living Wage employer. Please note pay rate is for illustration and does include holiday pay.?

Vetting: Five Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all of the staff we employ to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undergo checks including reference checks, TRA checks and will need to have a DBS; there will also be a face-to-face interview.?

We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as they are currently under-represented at this level

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