Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant

Location:          Longdon Park School, Egginton, Derbyshire

Salary: Up to £17,000 dependent on experience

Hours:             37.5hrs per week

Contract:          Permanent, Term Time only

 

Be the Teaching Assistant you’ve always wanted to be.

As part of our continued growth, we now have several fantastic opportunities for Teaching Assistants to join our close-knit team at Longdon Park School near Hilton. If you are looking to join a dedicated team in a school that will welcome your ideas and aim to re-engage the young people we teach, we would like to hear from you.

 

About the Group:

Acorn Education and Care provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.About the School:

Longdon Park School opened in June 2015. We are a co-educational day school catering for pupils aged 7-18 with complex educational needs, communication difficulties and challenging behaviour primarily with a diagnosis of ASD.   We provide a therapeutic, supportive and inclusive learning environment where our young people learn to accept responsibility for their actions, make positive decisions and display pro-social behaviour. We are committed to raising achievement and enabling pupils to recognise their potential and supporting them through a personalised, engaging curriculum. Our priority is to develop the foundation knowledge and skills required to make a manageable and smooth transition to the next life stage.

We need highly-motivated and enthusiastic individuals who want to make a real difference.

 

About the Role:

Working with our Teachers and Senior Leadership Team, you will be responsible for providing essential support to our SEN pupils with learning difficulties, behavioural, social and physical disabilities. You will build positive relationships with pupils to promote interaction and a constructive learning environment as well as assist the class teacher and other education staff with learning activities. Work is often carried outside of the classroom environment and you will have the opportunity to assist in the planning and delivery of lessons in a very creative and positive setting.

Our team at Longdon Park are encouraged to take a creative approach, seeking ways to positively engage with and motivate pupils through lessons that promote learning and raise levels of attainment. Smaller class sizes mean you can focus on building a purposeful learning environment that meets individual educational needs of pupils, helping to narrow the gap for pupils who are behind where they should be.

As part of the Outcomes First Group we can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

 

Who we are looking for?

We are looking for people who focus on the positive outcomes for our children and will take responsibility for helping improve their quality of learning. 

No two days are the same at School Name so we want people who can work at pace to turn ‘can’t do’ into ‘want to’ and are motivated by working with children with complex needs. You will be motivated by your belief that every child can achieve and reach their potential.  The ideal candidate will enjoy working with children in a calm and engaging demeanour, whilst being resilient using an innovative styles of teaching.

Whilst previous experience of working in a SEN environment would be desirable, excellent support skills and the right motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are just as important. The successful person will have innovative ideas who can inspire even the most disengaged learners.

 

Key Accountabilities:

  • Establish and maintain good working relationships in order to promote the development and effective delivery of the school curriculum and maximise children’s achievement.
  • Creating a well-ordered and secure environment that will ensure the educational well-being of individual children within the group.
  • Working with school leaders to complete and teach individual pupil plans where pupils have specific needs. 
  • Contributing and cooperating with other staff and professional agencies as appropriate to the needs of the children.

 

Essential Criteria

  • Experience of supporting vulnerable young people who have demonstrated challenging or complex behaviours
  • Experience of using IT effectively
  • Relevant TA qualifications NVQ Level 2 or 3
  • The ability to follow instructions from the Senior Leadership Team and also be able to work independently
  • The ability to manage behaviour effectively
  • Ability to recognise small steps of progress in young people’s journey and development
  • SEN experience desired but not essential

 

Why work for us?

A few reasons we think it’s a great place to work:

  • Continuous professional development & training for a clear career path
  • Pension
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Free School Meals onsite
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters”
  • Employee Rewards Hub

This position is due to commence September 2020 (subject to approved reference/DBS checks).  

Applications are invited online through the Outcomes First Group job portal. If you have any further queries regarding how to apply please contact the Headteacher Chris Groom by email chris.groom@longdonparkschool.co.uk.

OFG are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.