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  • Start date details

    As soon as possible

  • Closing date

    8 April 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    21 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant
  • Other teaching support

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Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£28,700 - £31,364 FTE

Pay scale

Band H SCP 14-17

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking to appoint an experienced Key Worker (SEND) to work within a small team of dedicated staff in our Learning Pod, who are creating a small learning environment for pupils who could be aged between 13 and 18. The pupils who are accessing the Learning Pod have all come from mainstream settings and have acute mental health needs and may present with self-harming behaviours and suicide ideation, arising from their complex communication and interaction presentation.

We are looking to appoint a skilled and enthusiastic person to work with our vulnerable learners to gain the best possible outcomes for them by being able to offer the right support at the right time to enable them to access their learning.

The successful candidate will:-

  • have direct and recent experience of working with pupils with autism/complex communication and interaction needs and experience of working with vulnerable young people suffering with mental health difficulties
  • provide a supportive environment, whilst encouraging learning and growth in an inclusive and high-quality learning experience
  • be able to build a strong working relationship with our young people, their families and external agencies as needed
  • be planning and delivering both educational and social and emotional interventions in and out of the classroom
  • have a natural ability to inspire and motivate even the most anxious of learners, to nurture the love of learning
  • have excellent communication and organisational skills
  • be able to offer focused and person-centred support to ensure the young person’s emotional and educational needs are met
  • be solution focused, whilst considering and managing the needs/wants of the young person
  • be able to work independently, as part of the Pod team and as part of the wider school staff team
  • need to be resilient, determined and hard working
  • be able to lead by example and be modelling the correct behaviours and attitudes for the young people to be able to learn from
  • be able to recognise the young person’s skills and attributes and allow them to build their future
  • support the young person in exploring and choosing their next step and help them to find their next destination.
  • need to understand the unique complexities of the learners and be resilient to manage their fluctuating emotional states, whilst providing a safe and stable environment to support their learning
  • be able to offer a holistic approach to learning and be able to think creatively to ensure the young person is supported and guided through their education journey

What the school offers its staff

You will have the opportunity to work in this unique Specialist Provision in a fulfilling and varied role. Every day is different, and you will have the opportunity to build strong and meaningful relationships with some very inspirational young people. You will join a highly skilled, supportive and committed team of keyworkers and management team. Who are motivated in encouraging you to pursue an active CPD programme, to ensure you are your best self.

If you are passionate about young people and helping them to be able to achieve their best self, then this is the role for you.

You will be part of the wider school community of Exhall Grange Specialist School which has a strong ethos with clear vision and values with an emphasis on ‘be your best self’ for both students and staff. You will become a valued member of an encouraging and friendly staff group. Many of our children and young people who attend the Exhall Grange Specialist School are physically or emotionally extremely vulnerable or have life limiting conditions. Some have a combination of these. Some of our pupils are highly anxious and require a calm, predictable and nurturing environment in order to access school.

The salary range for this position is £ 28,770 - £ 31,364 full time equivalent which equates to £ 24,746 - £ 26,977 per annum actual salary for 37 hours per week working term time plus 5 training days.

Commitment to safeguarding

Exhall Grange is deeply committed to safeguarding our pupils and, as part of our pre-employment processes, we undertake online searches of all shortlisted candidates in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education. All staff will be required to undertake a DBS check for both children and adults.

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About Exhall Grange Specialist School

School type
Special school, ages 4 to 19
School size
253 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 19
Phone number

Exhall Grange Specialist School is a county-wide specialist provision for pupils aged between 4 and 19 on the outskirts of Coventry. The school meets the needs of pupils who are unable to access the curriculum in a mainstream school owing to their sensory impairment or physical disabilities or the impact of long-term illness or social communication difficulties including autism.

The site is campus style with six separate buildings and has an exceptional range of facilities including a swimming pool, gym, sensory room, soft playroom and enterprise kitchen as well as design technology facilities and science laboratories. The school’s outside space comprises of a large sports field, forest school and hard tarmac playground areas.

We offer a mainstream curriculum and endeavour to break down barriers to learning. Through high quality teaching and personalised support, we aim to unlock the potential of every pupil so that they leave our school as well-rounded citizens, ready to embrace the next step of their learning journey.

We are a dynamic, forward thinking school that supports students with an Education, Health and Care Plan to 'be their best self'.

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