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SEN Teaching Assistant

We are looking for a SEN Teaching Assistant to join our team 

 Post:                                   Level 3 SEN Teaching Assistant

 Hours:                                 32.5 hours per week term time only

 Contract:                             Permanent

 Salary:                                 £21,269 - £27,514 pro rata (actual salary £16,558 - £21,194)

 Start Date:                          As soon as possible

Application Closing Date:  Monday 31st October 2022 at 12:00 midday

 Interviews:                           Are expected to take place week commencing Monday 7th November 2022

 Email Address:                    office@stmaryrc.bham.sch.uk

 Telephone Number:           0121 464 2141

 The role:

We are looking to appoint a SEN Teaching Assistant, who will work in partnership with classroom teachers to differentiate appropriate support for pupils with Special Educational Needs. 

To meet the needs of the school, the successful candidate will be required to work predominantly in Year 5 this year but as a SEND TA, can be asked to work with children across all year groups.

Successful candidates will be highly motivated, positive and enthusiastic, love working with children and helping them to strive to achieve against their targets.

What we are looking for:

The successful candidate should

  • Be able to develop positive relationships with young children
  • Be able to stay calm and objective when presented with unusual or challenging behaviour
  • Have experience of supporting children with moderate to severe SEN needs, including autism, ADHD, behavioural, social and emotional learning difficulties, speech and language needs
  • Be enthusiastic and committed to working as part of a team
  • Be confident and clear communicator with parents
  • Have GCSEs or equivalent level, including at least a Grade 4 (previously Grade C) in English and Maths

You must be willing to:

  • support and uphold our Catholic ethos
  • design and prepare resources to support language development and understanding as well as resources to support children with difficulties in cognition and learning
  • implement strategies as recommended by professionals, e.g. Speech and Language Therapist, which might include, but are not limited to, teaching language through categorisation tasks and games, sequencing activities, pre and post tutoring of key vocabulary, and using a phonological and semantic approach when teaching new vocabulary.
  • work in consultation with the class teacher to create an environment which is language rich, in terms of spoken language and the use of complementary communication systems such as visual symbols.
  • lead interventions that target reading comprehension, word reading, and spelling.

Essential criteria:

  • NVQ3 or equivalent
  • a high standard of spoken English 
  • high expectations and a strong commitment to raising standards
  • work with initiative and be self-reliant when appropriate
  • a high standard of general education with good numeracy and literacy skills

Desired criteria:

  • have experience working with children with SEN on both a 1:1 basis or within the general classroom environment
  • experience supporting children with moderate to severe SEN needs including autism, ADHD, behavioural, social and emotional learning difficulties, speech and language needs
  • knowledge of the Early Years, KS1, KS2 curriculum
  • confident in using ICT to support children
  • knowledge of teaching phonics and early mathematics

What we offer you:

  • a happy and successful school
  • professional and hard-working staff who go the extra mile for the children
  • happy and confident children who enjoy learning
  • a committed and supportive Senior Leadership team and Governing Body

 This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent and spoken English is an essential requirement for this role.

 How to apply:

The application and other required recruitment forms, job description and person specification can be downloaded below.

 The application form is to be used alongside other required recruitment forms, job description and person specification. Please Note: CVs will not be accepted. 

Completed application forms and other required documents should be sent by email to: office@stmaryrc.bham.sch.uk by the closing date.

In order for your application to be processed please ensure all required forms are completed and returned.  Information relating to these forms can be found in the ‘Notes to Applicants’ document.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment.

The successful candidate will be subject to all necessary pre-employment checks in line with KCSiE, including: Support Staff enhanced DBS; medical fitness; online check; identity and right to work.

All applicants must provide the details of two suitable referees.