13 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    2 September 2024

  • Closing date

    5 July 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    10 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Term time: Hours of Work: 32.5 Hours per Week, Term Time Only. Working hours between 08.30am and 15.30pm Monday to Friday. Occasional overtime hours by negotiation.

Contract type


Pay scale

Grade 6 (SCP 12 – SCP 17)

What skills and experience we're looking for

Job Information

Are you able to work successfully with boys who have complex neurodevelopment disorders such as ADHD / FASD / PDA / PTSD / ODD /Sp.LD / ASD or developmental delay?

Can you keep your head in a crisis?

Can you empathise with chronic social difficulties, and yet keep firm professional boundaries?

Can you maintain professional boundaries whilst working very closely with pupils and their families?

If so, we would like to hear from you!

The Polygon School is a specialist school that supports, educates and helps to make a difference to the lives of 72 young men with social, emotional and mental health issues. All Pupils attending this school hold an Education, Health Care Plan.

The Polygon School is looking for enthusiastic and passionate individuals to work with pupils unable to access mainstream education and may be of interest to a new graduate who is considering a career in education or to an experienced person looking for a interesting career change.

Your role will be to work alongside and support the pupils throughout the school day, to ensure that they can participate in all learning situations and to help them build up their self-esteem and improve their academic progress, so they can achieve their full potential.

This is a challenging yet rewarding role so strong interpersonal skills are required as well as a willingness to support challenging pupils on a daily basis. Specific training will be given to enable you to carry out this element of the role.

Previous experience of working within an SEMH Provision is desirable but training will be available for the right candidate.

What the school offers its staff

Free Onsite Parking

Good Salary

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

Applying for the job

If you're interested in teaching or training to teach in England as an international citizen, we can help you understand your next steps.

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to davina.yates@polygon.southampton.sch.uk

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About The Polygon School

School type
Special school, ages 11 to 16
School size
69 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

Arranging a visit to The Polygon School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email davina.yates@polygon.southampton.sch.uk.

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