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SEN Teaching Assistant

Job Ref: TLTP2028895
  • location-icon Within London, Greater London
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • currency-icon £18,000 - £23,000 per annum
  • info-icon subject to experience

Job Description

A special educational needs (SEN) teaching assistant is specifically employed to work with children and young people who need extra support, or require an advanced programme of learning in order to reach their full educational potential.

The duties of an SEN teaching assistant include working with individuals who have physical disabilities, sensory impairments (i.e. hearing or visual), speech and language difficulties, learning difficulties such as dyslexia, conditions such as autism, social, emotional and mental health needs, or have a combination of these difficulties. A SEN teaching assistant may also work with gifted and talented individuals. A key aspect of working in this field is identifying individual needs and being responsible for creating a safe, stimulating and supportive learning environment.

Key Responsibilities
The work of a SEN teaching assistant is often challenging and varied and may involve:

- Teaching either individuals or small groups of pupils within, or outside the class
- Preparing lessons and resources
- Marking and assessing work
- Developing and adapting conventional teaching methods to meet the individual needs of pupils
- Using special equipment and facilities, such as audio visual materials and computers to stimulate interest in learning
- Using specialist skills, such as teaching Braille to pupils with visual impairments or sign language - and lip reading to students who have hearing impairments
- Collaborating with the classroom teacher to define appropriate activities for the pupils in relation to the curriculum
- Assessing children who have long or short-term learning difficulties and working with colleagues to identify individual pupils' special needs
- Working with the head teacher and governing body to ensure that the requirements of the Equality Act (2010) are met in terms of reasonable adjustments and access arrangements
- Liaising with other professionals, such as social workers, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and educational psychologists
- Working closely with parents and guardians
- Organising learning outside the classroom in activities such as community visits, school outings or sporting events
- Assisting in severely disabled pupils' personal care/medical needs
- Administration, including updating and maintaining records of pupils' progress
- Attending statutory annual reviews or other related meetings, such as Looked After Child (LAC) reviews, regarding students with a SEN, which may involve reviewing Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans
- Receiving in-service training
- Behaviour management

Key Skills:

- Commitment to working with pupils with special educational needs
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Initiative and problem-solving skills
- The ability to manage confrontation and challenging behaviour
- Team working skills
- Organisational skills
- An observant and responsive approach
- Flexibility - it is important to be able to respond to the needs of the children and adapt or change plans accordingly
- A positive, energetic and enthusiastic outlook
- Patience, understanding and empathy with pupils and parents
- A sense of humour

Person Specification
The ideal candidate will have at least 6 months to 1 years’ experience in a classroom environment ideally with a Team-Teach qualification. You will also need to have the following:

- Excellent literacy and numeracy skills
- Strong track record of raising levels of achievement and motivation
- Ability to build strong relationships with children and parents
- Support pupils to make progress through providing personalised experiences
- Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Be passionate and energetic
- Be able to lead and influence
- Work with fellow staff members to develop learning programmes
- NQTs are welcome to apply
- A valid DBS
- The right to work in the UK
- A minimum of two references

In return you will receive:

- A dedicated and experienced recruitment consultant
- Excellent rates of pay
- A range of positions covering day to day supply, short and long term roles
- Managed payroll system
- Weekly pay
- On-going support and training and development opportunities

If you are interested in a SEN Teaching Assistant role and feel you are suitable please click apply or for more details call 020 8709 6540. Please check our website on a daily basis or sign up to our job alerts as we have new positions arising each week. We cover a wide area including Bromley, Sutton, Brent, Lewisham, Redbridge, Newham, Hillingdon, Harrow, Wandsworth, Barnet, Barking and Dagenham, Enfield, Walthamstow and many more.

Do not forget TLTP’s Refer and Earn scheme. For every person you recommend that we place and meets our terms and conditions you will receive a referral bonus of £130 (subject to statutory deductions).

TLTP Education is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We are committed to the promotion of diversity and equal opportunity, as an employer and in the delivery of our services.