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  • Start date details

    As soon as pre-start compliance checks and notice have been completed

  • Closing date

    21 April 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    13 February 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 1, Key stage 2, Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

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  • Working 36 hours per week during term time and CPD days (= 39 weeks), 8.30-4.15 Tuesday to Thursday, 4.00pm finish Monday and 3.45pm finish Friday (plus 30 minutes per week)

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£20,168 - £21,384

Pay scale

Actual Salary £16,830 - £17,825 (39 weeks)

What skills and experience we're looking for

We are seeking a number of Teaching Assistants supporting growing student numbers, to join the education team in our specialist school and college. During the school week, you will be supporting students, age 5-19, with severe social communication difficulties, complex learning disabilities and often challenging behaviours to access therapy based education. You will help our students learn and achieve the greatest possible level of independence relative to their complex needs and help prepare them for life beyond school or college.

Our classes have between 4 and 11 students. They are grouped by ability and to meet their social needs rather than age. Some class time is structured. Many students follow a personalised timetable. They learn core skills including numeracy, literacy and science as well as life and living skills including cookery and gardening. Lessons are often 30 minutes long. Some of our students are non-verbal using alternative means of communication including Makaton, signs, symbols or communications aids, often using a multi-sensory approach.

Supporting our students can sometimes be challenging. You will need to guide them through it by helping them to manage their feelings and behaviour. You will have the ongoing support of a skilled and dedicated team. Comprehensive training and mentoring includes learning about safeguarding, autism and positive behaviour support. Some of our students may need personal care.

Physical and mental resiliance are qualities required in all pour staff. If you are recruited, you will be required to complete Team Teach positive behaviour support training as part of your induction before employment.

What the school offers its staff

  • A two year nationally accredited TA qualification paid for by Trust with dedicated training
  • Free hot lunch provided by our in-house catering team during term time
  • Ample free onsite car parking
  • £1,000 Retention bonus - £250 after 1 month, £250 after 1 year, £500 after 18 months at Trust
  • Life Insurance and Medical Cashplan
  • Induction programme
  • Regular training, supervision and 1:1 mentoring
  • Employee assistance service (confidential, professional wellbeing and counselling 24/7 service)
  • Excellent network of support across the organisation including a team of Adult Mental Health First Aid and Occupational Health
  • Local leisure centre discount on gym, swim and fitness classes.
  • Opportunity to progress in your role and gain promotion

Further details about the role

We are not able to sponsor overseas candidates to relocate to UK for this role

Commitment to safeguarding

St Joseph’s Specialist Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. This position requires an enhanced DBS disclosure and take up of references.

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About St Joseph's Specialist Trust

School type
Special school, ages 5 to 19
School size
73 pupils enrolled
Age range
5 to 19
Phone number
01483 272449

St Joseph’s Specialist Trust is an independent non-maintained specialist school and college, registered children’s home with two local adult supported living houses nearby. The St Joseph’s community consists of approximately seventy five students at the school and college, twelve tenants resident at the Supported Living Houses who are supported by almost 270 staff.

We cater for young people aged 5 – 19 with complex and severe learning difficulties, many of whom are on the Autistic Spectrum, and other associated difficulties. We use an embedded therapies approach and focus on access to the community for all, irrespective of their challenges.

St Joseph’s 22 acre site is situated on the outskirts of Cranleigh in the Surrey Hills between Guildford and Horsham. There are bus connections but we do not have a railway station. Due to the semi-rural location it is advantageous to have a car.

Arranging a visit to St Joseph's Specialist Trust

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email recruitment@st-josephscranleigh.surrey.sch.uk.

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