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  • Start date details

    As soon as possible

  • Closing date

    10 October 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    3 August 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

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Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Part time: 29.17 hours a week (31.67 inclusive of unpaid lunch breaks) 39 weeks a year

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary


Actual salary


Pay scale

Grade C, Scale Point 5

What skills and experience we're looking for

  • Relevant NVQ 2 (Social Care/EFYS/Learning and Education)
  • GSCE Grade C (4/5) or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths, or equivalent.
  • Experience of working with people who have special educational needs.
  • Experience working with children and as part of a team.
  • Willingness to gain knowledge of learning processes and needs of specific children.

  • Essential personal skills and qualities: Clam and patient, empathetic, organised and reliable, resourceful and flexible, tolerant, effective communications skills, sense of humour (or appreciation of), resilience, emotional intelligence and have a good understanding of the need for confidentiality.

What the school offers its staff

All staff will receive regular safeguarding training as well as Safety Interventions (SI) Training, THRIVE and basic First Aid. There is also additional training on offer to all staff regarding communication (PECs and Makaton) and we deliver regular after school training to our Teaching Assistants through after school sessions on Wednesdays.

All staff are welcome and encouraged to increase their knowledge and skills through CPD and we have an HR system that allows staff to request training courses that are on offer from external providers.

The nature of our pupils and their needs means that some situations can be upsetting and challenging. Our Senior Leadership Team operate an open door policy and are available to speak to regularly, staff are also entitled to access counselling through the well being package offered by our staff insurance provider as well as other services such as - but not limited to - physiotherapy and a 24 hour GP service.

Our pupils are incredible, they astound and amaze us on a daily basis, there is a great deal of fun, joy and laughter and no day is the same as the one before. Our staff are key in supporting our pupils, and their families, in creating a routine and space in which our pupils safe and free to thrive. As an all through school, this means that our staff have the opportunity to share key moments in their lives - from first steps through to Prom.

Commitment to safeguarding

Mill Ford School is fully committed to keeping our pupils safe. Safeguarding means keeping everyone safe from harm such as abuse, bullying, discrimination, hate crimes or harassment, including child on child sexual harassment and abuse. Safeguarding also includes keeping children and young people safe from on line abuse, bullying and risks to their health and safety.

More information on safeguarding at Mill Ford School can be found on our website at: https://www.millfordschool.co.uk/important-documents/safeguarding

Successful applicants will be required to complete a DBS application as part of our pre-employment checks as well as participating in a rolling programme of regular safeguarding checks.

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About Mill Ford School

School type
Special school, ages 3 to 19
School size
125 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 19
Phone number
01752 300270

Mill Ford is a school with a specialism in meeting the needs of children and young adults aged 3-19 with complex needs, including severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties, complex medical needs and autistic spectrum conditions.
We are a friendly, child-centered school where staff work tirelessly to provide each child and young person with an individual and exciting curriculum that ensures pupils develop skills and knowledge for life now and in the future. We place a strong emphasis on ensuring our pupils aspire to be the best they can, are able to contribute to society, develop their communication and social skills, enjoy learning and have a strong sense of self. We ensure pupils can achieve these things independently in a nurturing environment, where they feel safe enough to take risks.

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