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  • Start date details

    Sept 2024

  • Closing date

    16 July 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    6 July 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

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Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£14,901.00 - £16,211.00 Annually (Actual)

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Key Worker (SEMH) job summary

Role: Social, Emotional and Mental Health Key Worker (SEMH)

Grade: 6

Hours: 26 hours per week (Over 4 days)

Contract: 12 Month Fixed Term Initially

Salary: £14,901 - £16,211 (Actual Salary), (FTE: £24702 - £26,873)

(additional 5.3 hours a week available at LSA rate - grade 4 - if candidate wants more hours)

The School

Matthew Arnold is a thriving community school on the outskirts of Oxford and we are looking to appoint a Social, Emotional and Mental Health Key Worker (SEMH) Key Worker. This is Fixed -Term position for 12 months initially, which may be extended based on specific funding.

Matthew Arnold is an oversubscribed inclusive 11-18 school of over 1,300 pupils that serves a mix of urban and rural communities across the west side of Oxford. The school prides itself on being a high achieving school with increasing rates of progress for our disadvantaged students. This has been achieved by focusing on improving outcomes for every student and continuing staff development.

The school is part of the Acer Trust. All schools in the Trust play an important part in the success of the Trust and work together collaboratively so that each school in the Trust is a great place to learn and to work.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide 1-2-1 Support to a specific student as directed by the SENCO to support with attendance and engagement throughout the entire learning and development lifecycle

  • Identify specifics needs of the learner to best support them

  • Supporting the student to access the curriculum in lesson time, adapting lesson plans and resources and be responsible for preparing and delivering 1:1 teaching where appropriate with the direction of a teacher

  • Work closely with both SENCO and Deputy SENCO to ensure student continuously develops and thrives within the school

  • Help with the planning and delivery of the personal development curriculum, helping to ensure that the student has access to appropriate knowledge and skills

  • Working closely with teachers to ensure learning outcomes are achieved as well as nurturing a supportive, caring environment where respect, self-esteem and inclusiveness of the whole school ethos is promoted

  • Motivate student by being encouraging, instilling belief so that the best possible outcomes are achieved as well as providing emotional support when required

  • Communicate and consult with teachers, parents about; progress, development and future objectives

  • Liaise closely with agencies and professionals to best support the student

  • Attend critical meetings with Line Manager, Deputy SENCO on a fortnightly basis as well as assisting with administrative tasks, including; assisting with test/exam access arrangements, writing reports and reviews, supporting teachers to design and produce learning activities

  • Continuously involved in monitoring and recording the pupil’s progress, maintaining records and providing relevant feedback to teachers


  • Experience of working with youths either paid or on a voluntary basis

  • Working within an educational setting

  • Knowledge of Special Educational Needs (SEN)

  • Ability to motivate and assist young people of all ages

How to apply:

Please complete the application form on My New Term. If you have any further questions please contact Jeremiah at hr@maschool.org.uk.

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.

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About Matthew Arnold School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1285 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Matthew Arnold is a popular and successful school on the edge of Oxford with an excellent local reputation. We are focussed on improving outcomes for every student and are committed to staff development to support this.

The school is part of the Acer Trust family of schools so there is opportunity to share expertise and experiences and enjoy professional development with more than one school. Our induction programmes give strong support to NQTs.

We offer defined-benefit public sector pension schemes (Teachers Pension, Local Government Pension Scheme), a 24-hour Employee Assistance Programme, good bus links, car and cycle parking.

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