SEN Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)/Assistant SENCo
32.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday) 8:45am until 3.45pm - term-time only
Start date: ASAP
We are looking for a SEN Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) /Assistant SENCo with experience in Special Educational Needs and Speech and Language to support pupils who have a range of needs and/or have specific difficulty with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).
Your main responsibilities will include:
Working alongside the SENCo by taking responsibility for agreed activities/interventions. This may involve assessing planning, preparing and delivering learning activities and interventions for individuals/groups of pupils, including recording and reporting on achievement, progress and development.
Under the direction of the SENCo, take a lead role within the school to address the needs of SEND pupils who need particular help to overcome barriers to learning.
To provide support for pupils, the teacher and the school in order to raise standards of achievement for all pupils, by utilising advanced levels of knowledge and skills to encourage pupils to become independent learners.
To assist in the development of appropriate resources, and teaching strategies in SEND.
To provide admin support to the SENCo.
Keep records of students with medical issues and liaise with appropriate outside agencies, under the direction of the SENCo.
You will need to:
Be enthusiastic, confident and able to show initiative and resilience
Be an effective communicator with pupils and staff
Be self-motivated, with high expectations of self and others
Hold at least an A - C pass in GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent)
Have energy, patience and a genuine commitment to working with pupils with a range of complex and sometimes very challenging learning difficulties and behaviour
Have the ability to build and maintain effective relationships with pupils, treating them with respect and consideration.
The successful candidate will:
Have experience working with children of primary school age and of working with students with additional needs, specifically those who present with difficulties in speech, language and communication which may be as a result of social communication difficulties and or ASC.
Provide evidence of fulfilling the Higher Level Teaching Assistant standards, or to have the ability and potential to fulfil them within the first six months of the role.
Demonstrate evidence of knowledge and skills in working with children with Special Educational Needs
Report any safeguarding concerns to the school's Designated Safeguarding Leads.
Cooperate with colleagues to ensure the aims of the school are achieved consistently.
Form and maintain good relationships with the children of the school, based on mutual respect, trust and understanding.
Carry out any other duties as deemed necessary by the Headteacher or SENCo.
Attend INSET days and training as identified by the Headteacher.
Be fully supportive of the Catholic ethos of the school.
Be expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the school's values and expectations.
Other desirable skills:
Have training in relevant learning strategies and specialist skills in curriculum or learning area e.g. bi-lingual, sign language, ICT qualifications
Be willing to have First Aid Training (and ideally be a qualified First Aider)
Have knowledge of the programme Language/Speech Links, which the school uses as a resource to assess, plan and deliver interventions
Have a good knowledge of the SEND Code of Practice 2015 and its implications for the families we work with.
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