Teaching Assistant Level 2 SEMH Learning Practitioner Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding, Spalding, Lincolnshire

Job description

Job purpose:
• To work with young people as directed, providing support to the Executive SLT, Head of School, Care
Team Leader and teacher across a range of child centred activities which promote child development
and learning
• Supporting staff and learners within a classroom that have been identified by the Head of School/Care
Team Leader and Key Stage Lead
• Support identified pupils who require additional adult support in class
• Deliver small group or 1:1 intervention
• Supporting pupils in crisis through de-escalation techniques and strategies, preparing and supporting
them to return to learning
• Keep accurate records of intervention on pupil intervention logs
• Keeping Positive Handling Plans (PHPs)/Risk Assessments up to date
• Keeping accurate records of any Restrictive Positive Intervention logs and ensuring appropriate follow
up has taken place, including parent/carer contact and restorative practice
Extra-curricular Activities:
• Supporting identified pupils in attending offsite visits
• Deliver extra-curricular activities within centre during break and lunchtimes
Supporting staff development:
• Supporting the Care Team manager with the delivery of staff training
Meetings to attend:
• Daily briefings
• Centre staff meetings
• Regular meetings with line manager
• CPD sessions
Child Related:
• Promote development and learning (physical, emotional, educational and social). Foster growth, selfesteem
and independence, observe and record development
• Support those with special educational needs
• Carry out reasonable daily personal care/hygiene duties and administer basic first aid
• Assist with the movement of children in and around the school
• Support the young people when in the moment of crisis, ensuring the safety of the individual, peers
and staff is priority
• Show all the young people ‘Unconditional Positive Regard’, every single day
Supervision of people:
• No direct line management responsibilities but is required to occasionally demonstrate duties, give
advice and guidance to employees, students or trainees
Creativity and Innovation:
• Required to be creative when assisting with planning of activities
Contacts and Relationships:
• Direct contact with children and their parents/carers, other employees at the school. Liaise with other
professionals under the supervision/guidance of the teacher
• The post holder must act in accordance with school policies and procedures and relevant legislation,
particularly in relation to child protection and behaviour management

Essential educational requirements

Experience working with young people or within adult care.

Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of
children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All
appointments will be subject to DBS clearance.

Essential qualifications

GCSE or equivalent in maths
and English NVQ 2 or
equivalent 2 years relevant
Team Teach certified

Essential skills and experience

The ability to communicate
effectively with children and
• Be able to empathise with
children and work as part of a
• Be able to demonstrate
‘unconditional positive regard
• Good oral and written
communication skills
• Ability to work effectively as a
team member
• Versatility, Creativity &
• Be able to plan and deliver
intervention 1:1 or to small
• Interpersonal skills which
facilitate positive professional
relationships with young people
and multi-disciplinary teams
An understanding of current
approaches to the support of
young people at risk of social
• An understanding of inclusion
and potential barriers which may
face young people with SEN/SEMH and those at risk of

Employee benefits

Professional Development
We believe that outstanding Professional Development underpins outstanding schools. The more
members of staff who are enabled and empowered with expert skills and knowledge, the more effective
their impact upon learning. We believe in the power of Professional Development. We believe that it can
and should be happening every minute of every day. Wellspring Academy Trust has access to a rich seam
of Professional Development for all staff through our network of leaders, colleagues and schools, and
through the Teaching School.

About Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding

Matmore Gate, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 2PN
Not Applicable
Free School