SEMH Behaviour Support Assistant

Halton Lodge Primary School, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 5LU

6 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    4 January 2023

  • Closing date

    5 December 2022 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    14 November 2022

Job details

Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1

Working pattern

  • View all Full timejobs - Full Time (32.5 hours) Our school day is from 08:40 to 15:10 - including a 30 minute lunch break. The post holder, as with all teaching support staff, are expected to attend Staff Meetings and INSET

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

Between £21,575 and £21,968

Pay scale

HBC3 - SCP5 to SCP6

Additional allowances

This post comes with a SEN Allowance of £1250 per annum - in addition to the basic salary.

What skills and experience we're looking for

Our school is looking for a specialist teaching assistant - with a passion for supporting children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs - to work under the guidance of the SEMH Teacher and alongside another SEMH behaviour support assistant, to build positive relationships with the children; with the aim of steering them back into mainstream schools when they are ready.

We are looking for somebody who has the ability to:

- work with children with SEMH needs and the resultant behavioural difficulties, in order to help them overcome the difficulties they are experiencing in their education.

- raise standards of SEMH learners using a range of teaching strategies, in line with the school’s policies and procedures.

- work under the guidance of the SEMH Teacher in the planning and implementation of programmes of support for EYFS and KS1 children with their SEMH concerns.

- set the ethos of the SEMH Provision and support the SEMH Teacher to ensure high standards and consistency.

- communicate effectively with staff and parents/carers regarding the learning needs of pupils who have SEMH concerns.

The role will involve working as part of a team, planning and delivering individualised learning on cross-curricular levels (across EYFS and KS1) – as some pupils will be working at different levels to others. Equally, the focus of the lessons will be to help the pupils to manage behaviour difficulties, social-emotional difficulties and to facilitate the children’s academic and personal development.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with and effectively supporting challenging pupils – and be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of effective behaviour management. It would also be preferable to have a secure knowledge of the EYFS Framework, Little Wandle (Phonics) and to be Team Teach trained – however, these are desirable qualities (not essential).

What the school offers its staff

Are you a qualified level 3 teaching assistant motivated to make a difference in children’s lives? Does working with young children with challenging behaviour as a result of social, emotional and mental health needs sound like a career for you? Can you find different and engaging ways to motivate and engage children who are not accessing mainstream education? Then, read on, as we may be able to help you start on a career that you may find rewarding and highly motivating.

Our school opened a six place EYFS / KS1 SEMH Resource Provision in January 2020. This provision provides a more inclusive offer for pupils aged 4-7 years old with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs in Halton - giving them the opportunity, in time, to be educated alongside their peers. This provision opened at the same time as an equivalent SEMH Resource Provision at Beechwood Primary School (only 1.5 miles away) – therefore, the staff in both provisions work together, supporting one another and providing on-going advice to staff in both schools; and other schools within Halton as required.

Commitment to safeguarding

Halton Lodge Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. If successful you will be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Further information about the Disclosure Scheme can be found here:

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About Halton Lodge Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
205 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
Phone number
01928 564053

Halton Lodge Primary School is a single form entry primary school - situated in Runcorn (which is part of Halton local authority).

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