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  • Start date details

    April or September 2024

  • Closing date

    19 April 2024 at 3pm

  • Date listed

    19 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1

Working pattern

Full time: 32 hours per week for 38 weeks

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What skills and experience we're looking for

Level Description

The Teaching Assistant will work under the direction of a teacher in whole class, group, or individual situations. They will have some basic knowledge of specialist communication skills e.g., Makaton and PECS. There will be a need to interpret information or situations and to solve them according to school policy and to refer more complex problems to the class teacher. All tasks will be carried out within recognised procedures or guidelines and the teacher will be available for support or guidance.

Job Description Support for pupils:

  • Work with pupils on specific tasks in small groups or individual situations as required by the teacher.
  • Ensure that all personal equipment for pupils is up to date and inform the teacher of any requirements.
  • Support pupils according to the school policy, pupils’ needs, and their risk assessments.
  • Follow approved strategies outlined in Behavior Support Plans and report any significant changes in behavior to the teacher.
  • Complete accurate records on pupils’ progress and achievement in accordance with agreed procedures
  • Assist the teacher to ensure that the aims and objectives of the school are achieved.
  • Prepare materials, set out equipment, keep equipment sorted and tidy. Report any broken items.
  • Supervise individual and small groups of pupils.
  • Supervise pupils on playground/ lunch break as part of a team.
  • Undertake any photocopying or other administrative tasks that may be required.
  • Put up wall displays etc. as directed by the class teacher.
  • Produce teaching aids and materials as required by the class teacher.
  • Use computer programs and other ICT equipment to support student’s learning as appropriate.
  • Use basic Makaton signs and PECS.
  • Undertake tasks to support the curriculum and assist with events connected to the curriculum e.g., Sports Day, Multicultural events, Swimming etc.
  • Support the implementation of Government and school initiatives under the direction of the class teachers.
  • Assist in general cleaning duties to maintain a safe and caring learning environment.

Support for the teacher:

Support for the curriculum:

Support for School:

Where these duties and responsibilities are carried out effectively the Headteacher and Governors feel that the following outcomes will be apparent:

Within the school there will be a positive ethos that reflects its commitment to continuing achievement.

Effective teaching and learning will take place with pupils making at least good progress.

The postholder will feel valued and will have a clear knowledge and understanding of what they need to do to contribute to pupils’ learning.

The post holder will appreciate how their role relates to, and is different from, that of teaching staff.

Effective and efficient use will be made of resources and the skills and talents of the post holder.

Policies will be consistently applied to secure effective pupil management and the achievement of pupil targets.

The class teacher will have confidence in the post holder who has demonstrated the ability to work in an effective partnership focusing on the individual needs of pupils in the class.

The duties and responsibilities of any post may change from time to time. Postholders may be expected to carry out other work not explicitly mentioned above, appropriate to the level of responsibility vested in the post.

What the school offers its staff

Southfield is a primary school for approximately 80 pupils with Learning Difficulties, which include Autism, Speech Language and Communication Needs, Global Developmental Delay and other conditions.

Our new build is due for completion in taking our numbers up to 100 pupils. Due to this we are looking to expand our team of teaching assistant.

Admissions are via the Local Authority, and the present criteria is that children are accessing learning approximately 50% below their chronological age. We follow the EYFS and Key Stage 1 National Curriculum and adapt these to meet the individual interests and needs of our pupils. We do this through a 3 Phase curriculum that is presently being developed. Priority is given to communication, self-regulation, independence, functional literacy, and math’s. We use a wide range of approaches and strategies to support learning, including multi-sensory communication, social stories, TEACCH and Hertfordshire Steps. We also work with a range of other professionals, from advisers in the Local Authority to Therapists and social care colleagues. Access to sporting and creative arts organisations, provide a range of enhanced learning opportunities, both in school and the local area.

Southfield is going through a period of rapid and exciting change that you could be part of. It is a journey of challenge, in the pursuit of excellence, but one that provides huge rewards both personally, in your professional development and also when you see the difference you make to the lives of our young people and their families.

Recruitment will be made in line with our Safer Recruitment Policy and online searches may be conducted.

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated Teaching Assistant, preferably with SEN experience, who would love the opportunity to make an impact on the teaching and learning at Southfield school.

The successful candidate will work in small classes of children who are not yet working at age related expectations. All pupils have an EHCP, which often states a diagnosis of Autism and associated Speech, Language and Communication needs. Children may demonstrate challenging behaviors.

Southfield school is ambitious and committed to the personal development of all staff. There are excellent opportunities for high-quality CPD and we are keen to support you in your development.

In return, you will benefit from working with a dedicated team of staff focused on delivering outstanding learning. You will be actively encouraged to give your input, as we make significant improvements within the school.

Visits to the school for potential candidates are warmly welcomed. Please contact the school Office to book an appointment.

About You

You will be committed to raising standards and be in pursuit of excellence in all that you do.

You will be passionate about enabling every child to fulfil their potential and committed to supporting our teachers. Candidates who are innovative, really understand the children, help to engage them in learning, have excellent behavior management strategies and who are willing to take part in the overall life of the school are strongly encouraged to apply.

Further details about the role

Please see below link for our school video:


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 Southfield School

School type
Special school, ages 4 to 11
School size
85 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
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Dear Applicant,
Looking for a challenge? Have a desire to work in an environment where you can make a ‘real’ difference to the lives of young
people? If so, Southfield School could be the place for you.
We are a family where no two pupils are alike, and no two members of staff are alike. Our pupils all have challenging
communication difficulties/ASD and associated conditions.
Our school vision is to support all children, so they thrive during their time at Southfield School and are prepared socially,
emotionally, and academically for their next steps in education. Collaboration with parents and carers and the entire multidisciplinary
team who support our pupils is vital and key to our success.
Everyone plays a part in the future of our pupils with staff skills being utilised in order that we have a huge range of expertise, to
support our pupils and families.
We are looking for like-minded, resilient staff who are passionate and who can work in a team. See more about Southfield in
our School Video here: https://southfield-school.secure-primarysite.net/our-school/
Come and join us and make a difference to the lives of children every day.

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