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Student Support Assistant - SEN

Job Ref: 32566JB
  • Start Date: 22-06-2018
  • currency-icon £8 - £12 per hour

Job Description


Purpose of the Job:

To support students in both formal and informal learning environments during the extended school day in order to meet the students physical, learning and social needs.

Main duties and responsibilities;

  1. To ensure that communication with students, staff, and other departments is effective and contributes to securing efficiency and high standards of care and personal development for students within a learning and residential environment
  2. To support students within the learning and / or residential environments in order to promote each student’s intellectual, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development. To promote a caring environment and the provision of a high standard of care including washing, bathing and mealtime assistance
  3. To maintain high standards of safety and observe good practice in relation to health and safety issues
  4. To be aware of and implement students’ care plans.  To assist the students in the development of their independence outcomes within the individualised programme
  5. To appropriately use the recording and reporting processes whenever appropriate.

The role will include a substantial amount of moving and handling and moving and handling procedures have to be adhered to at all times in accordance with training provided.

To study towards the completion of the Residential Childcare diploma or the  diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3, if applicable. This will include some study outside working hours.

To be aware and integrate in own practice the principles of Keeping Children Safe in Education (Statutory Guidance part 1).

The list is not exhaustive and may include additional comparable tasks as agreed from time to time with line manager

To maintain a flexible “can do” approach. 

Be aware of and pro-actively observe all school policies.
95% of students are in a wheelchair. The use of hoists and other mobilising equipment is a daily occurrence, attending to students personal hygiene needs and feeding some students is the reality of the role. Of course this is not the only thing a candidate would do and it would not be all day, there is a lot of variation in the roles.
The responsibilities of each candidate will depend on the shift they work.
To have someone ‘ready to go’ they need the enhanced adult and child DBS, valid UK passport or documentation proving the right to work in the UK. They will also need Adult and Child safeguarding and Manual Handling evidence. 
Shifts do vary and can be very flexible.
For example;
07.00am – 14.00pm
08.45am – 16.15pm
16.00pm – 22.00pm

If this SSA position could be of interest, please get in contact with Jess on 0208 709 6540 or email