Scale 4 Teaching Assistants – North Site
Springwell Leeds is a one of a kind, multi-site, city-wide specialist provision for children with
SEMH needs. Exciting opportunities are available for people looking for
a fresh challenge in an inspiring learning environment where we provide
children aged 5-16 with specialist teaching and learning. The posts will suit candidates who have the
commitment, passion and resilience to make a difference to pupils who have a
range of social, emotional, mental health and special educational needs.
What We Are About…
Relationships. Unconditional Positive Regard.
Trauma-informed Practice. Restorative Practice. Continuous Professional
Development. Pupil-focussed, Needs-focused.
What Our Staff Say…
‘No two days are the same’!
‘I enjoy working with the most vulnerable children, as I feel like I am
really making a difference’.
‘We are like a family here’.
‘The job is rewarding and fun. You will build amazing relationships with
students, staff and parents.’
‘There are opportunities to progress onto other roles within Springwell.’
‘I love being a part
of a wonderful team who are so resilient and caring.’
What Our Children Say…
‘We have an amazing,
massive building with loads of different children.’
‘The staff help me
manage my emotions and regulate.’
‘The teachers find
things we love and do them with us.’
‘They teach us new
things like how to tie our shoelaces.’
‘We know the adults
have our backs.’
‘Adults know when we
are mad and know how to help us to calm down.’
Our unique position as an SEMH through-school
means we are able to have a long-term and lasting impact on the children in our
care. We aim to be the ‘forever school’ for children who come to us for their
education. We are a trauma-informed school, and staff use this expert knowledge
in their daily work. We believe in the power of unconditional positive regard
and restorative practice and incorporate this in to everything we do. These
approaches work hand in hand with a nurturing curriculum to give our students
secure foundations rooted in relationships. Working at Springwell offers
challenge and reward in equal measures, as we work together to regulate
students with varying levels of SEMH need, allowing them to access learning.
This post is for staff who will support students
with SEMH and academic learning within the classroom as part of a team of 3
staff with up to 9 students. Teaching Assistants are responsible for supporting
and leading small groups and individuals with Maths, English, reading, SEAL,
practical activities, supporting pupils to develop resilience, social skills
and self-esteem, and deploying effective strategies for supporting pupils with
a range of behavioural conditions (ASD/ADHD/SEMH/ODD). They support the teacher
in the production of classroom and specialist resources, and so a good working
knowledge of ICT is essential.
As part of the Wellspring Academy Trust, we have
access to a network of Expert Practitioners, our own teaching school, and a
brand new CPD TV channel; we are well equipped to support career development at
all levels, including routes into teaching.
Our aim is to provide the best possible care and
education that we can for children and young people with Social, Emotional and
Mental Health (SEMH) needs. Unconditional Positive Regard is at the centre of
what we do and we are creating an academy that is welcoming, caring, safe, warm
and believes that all its pupils can be supported and empowered to succeed. We
take pride in creating individual and personalised pathways for our students
that are built around their varied needs, which will help them achieve positive
outcomes and prepare them for their onward destinations into continuing
education, work or training. In order to achieve this, we have developed a
curriculum that provides opportunities for academic progression as well as
vocational learning, whilst being engaging, creative, and innovative.
We see strong relationships as the key to our
success – with students, parents, carers and the wider community and we ensure
that our academy is a welcoming safe place for children, and staff, to learn
and prosper. We believe in working closely with our families and carers and
welcome their support, but also realise that at times they will need our
support too. We work closely with other agencies and schools to make sure we do
all we can to make learning and life the best it possibly can be.
Here at Springwell, we place a huge emphasis on
professional development and choose to invest significantly in staff training
at all levels. This means that, although experience of working in an SEMH
setting would be an advantage, specialist support and training will be provided
for outstanding applicants wishing to make the career fulfilling move into
To find out more about what makes us special and
our ethos, please visit our website at www.springwellacademyleeds.org and
follow us at @Springwell_Lds to see what our staff and amazing young people get
up to on a daily basis.
Please click here to view a
short video on what this role entails at Springwell Leeds Academy.
If you would like to discuss or find out more about this post, please
contact Mary Ruggles m.ruggles@Springwellacademyleeds.org
date for applications is 23rd November at 9am.
To apply, please visit https://springwellacademyleeds.org/job-vacancies/
Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our
pupils. All posts are offered subject to enhanced DBS checks. References will
be requested and an online search carried out for shortlisted candidates, prior
to attendance at interview.
pre-employment checks, including prohibition from teaching, childcare
disqualification and section 128 checks, if deemed relevant for the role, will
be completed for the successful candidate upon acceptance of the post.
committed to equal opportunities and to promoting diversity. We want our people
to reflect the diversity of our communities, and we welcome applications from
people from all backgrounds, especially from under-represented groups,
including those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
If you are
currently living overseas or have lived / worked overseas in the last five
years please be aware that you will be required to provide an overseas criminal
records check from the country/ countries you have resided in, if you are the
preferred candidate for the post.
Springwell Leeds is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
All candidates successfully selected for interview are required to complete a self-disclosure form.
The amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 provides that when applying for certain jobs, certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’. This means that they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account.
Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.
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