SEN Teaching Assistant

Location Penzance
Job type: Permanent
Salary: ££65 to £80 per day
Contact name: Tom Hooper

Contact email:
Job ref: 51895
Published: about 1 month ago
Startdate: 12/07/2022

Job Title: SEN Teaching Assistant

Hours: 30.5 hours per week - Permanent

Salary: £19,750 FTE

Start Date: September 

Interview: ASAP


As the exclusive recruitment partner of the Cornwall Association of Primary Heads Opus are currently working with a highly successful Academy Trust School that lies in the heart of Cornwall, providing high quality education and support for pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities.


We are seeking to appoint a self-motivated, caring and dedicated Teaching Assistant to start in the new academic year in September 2022. As a key member of staff you will take a pro-active role in the support of the educational and physical needs of the pupils with a focus on an individual’s support.


Main Purpose of Job:

- To take a pro-active role in the support of the educational, social and physical needs of the pupils; to support the curriculum and the school through the provision of assistance to the teacher in the practical organisation of class activities and small group work. To meet the needs of pupils with specific needs for learning support in relation to severe physical, learning and complex behavioural difficulties.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:


· Hold and articulate clear values and moral purpose, focused on supporting pupils.

· Demonstrate optimistic personal behaviour, positive relationships and attitudes towards pupils with profound, severe and complex learning needs, the workforce, and towards parents, governors and local community.

· Lead by example - with integrity, creativity, resilience, and clarity

· Sustain knowledge and understanding of education and school systems locally and pursue continuous professional development.

· Any experience working with pupils with ASD / ADHD / Autism / SEN / Cerebral Palsy / Downs Syndrome / Dyslexia


Main duties

· Assist children in developing knowledge, skills and attitudes as defined by the curriculum, taking into account the learning support involved to aid the children to learn effectively

· Establish supportive relationships with pupils, encouraging individual development, acceptance, social integration, and development of self-esteem

· Carry out administration in relation to pupil progress, monitoring health, behaviour and general wellbeing and feeding back or adapting as appropriate

· Effectively use IT systems as required by the school

· Work independently with groups of children on specific tasks, under the overall responsibility of the Teacher

 · Contribute to meetings with parents (which may be held outside of school hours), providing constructive feedback on pupil progress, achievement and behaviour where relevant

· Maintain confidentiality in regards to sensitive issues linked to home/pupil/staff/school

· Administer minor first aid where training has been undertaken

· Administer medically prescribed drugs as per the approved procedure

· Assist with the safe physical and medical needs of pupils, including: - personal hygiene/self-care, for example toileting or changing - specialist care, for example one-to-one feeding where training has been undertaken - mobility needs, for example use of wheelchairs or hoists where training has been undertaken - complex medical procedures, for example changing tracheostomy tubes, where training has been undertaken

· Support in the management of pupils with challenging emotional and behavioural difficulties so as to prevent harm and disruption to the pupil or others

· Supervise pupils during break time, and plan and organise play time activities, where required

· Accompany children on educational visits as supervised by senior staff

· Contribute to class meetings, staff meetings and school-based INSET

· Carry out interventions as required

· Raise any concerns in accordance with the school’s safeguarding policies and procedures

· Assist with duties relating to pupil swimming and sports activities/events where relevant

· Deliver therapy to pupils such as physiotherapy or speech and language therapy as guided by professionals where training has been undertaken

· Input into planning of lesson content led by teaching staff where relevant

· Provide pastoral care to pupils where relevant

· Ensure all teaching aids are readily available by monitoring stock levels of materials, checking for missing/damaged equipment, arranging for new supplies to be ordered where relevant

· Assist in preparing, using and maintaining relevant teaching resources, including wall displays and ensuring classrooms are left clean and tidy



Applicants holding a qualification in Childcare are welcome as are SEN Teaching Assistants with experience in school settings. Relevant experience working in a care setting is also acceptable.

“Opus Education Recruitment is committed to safer recruitment and promoting the welfare of children.


All candidates must undertake or have undertaken a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Please note: Opus Education Recruitment will not pay for new DBS checks, this will be billed directly to the candidate”


“All pay rates quoted will be inclusive of 12.07% statutory holiday pay. This advert is for a temporary position. In some cases, the option to make this role permanent may become available at a later date.”

For more information, please submit your CV by email or call our office on  
 01872 279810   and ask to speak to Tom