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  • Start date details

    Easter Term

  • Closing date

    1 April 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    8 February 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary


Actual salary


Pay scale


What skills and experience we're looking for


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.


Support for pupils:

  • Work with pupils on specific tasks in small group 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 Behaviour Support Plans and report any significant changes in behaviour to the teacher
  • Complete accurate records on pupils’ progress and achievement in accordance with agreed procedures

Support for the teacher:

  • 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
  • Put up wall displays etc.
  • Produce teaching aids and materials as required by the class teacher

Support for the curriculum:

  • 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
  • Support the implementation of Government and school initiatives under the direction of the class teachers.

Support for School:

  • Assist in general cleaning duties to maintain a safe and caring learning environment.

What the school offers its staff

Southfield is a primary school for approximately 86 pupils with Learning Difficulties, which include, Autism, Speech Language and Communication Needs, Global Developmental Delay and other conditions.

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 and functional Literacy and maths. 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.

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
Phone number
01707 276504

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.

Arranging a visit to Southfield School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email admin@southfield.herts.sch.uk.

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