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Teaching Assistant (SEN) OCC6258

Job Details:

Salary Range: £19,945 to £22,021 pro-rata, per annum ( Term-Time Only)

Hourly Rate: £10.34 - £11.41
Work Location: Communication and Interaction Resource Base, Fitzharrys School, Abingdon
Hours per week: 13 (Term Time Only - 39 /52 Weeks) 
Contract type: Temporary (up to 12 months)
Closing date: 22/04/2019
Interview date: Week commencing 29/04/2019


Our Communication and Interaction Resource Bases are attached to mainstream schools where you will work closely with specialist classroom teachers, providing directed support, care and supervision to children including those who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders and associated language, interaction, learning and communication difficulties. The aim of your support and guidance will be to enable the children to access the curriculum and to facilitate full inclusion into school life, supporting children to learn and develop to their full potential. 

You should have a quiet and encouraging manner with the ability to remain calm in difficult situations, along with excellent verbal communication skills and an awareness of the importance of inclusion for children and young people with Special Educational Needs. 


Job Purpose:

  • To support specialist classroom teachers, responsible for the development and education process, by providing directed support, care and supervision to children with communication and interaction needs (including Autism Spectrum Disorders) and associated learning and difficulties
  • To provide a range of support and guidance to children with a communication and interaction impairment, who attend Communication and Interaction Resource Bases (C&IRB) attached to mainstream schools. Working closely with the specialist teacher, the aim is to enable full and independent access to the curriculum and facilitate full inclusion into school life. This will include providing specialist support to students within the host school mainstream/inclusive settings
  • The post holder is responsible for ensuring that all relevant County policies and procedures are adhered to and concerns are raised in accordance with these policies


Role Requirements:

The primary role is to support the Base Lead Teacher and specialist teachers in all aspects of work of the C&IRB. This will include;

  • To help develop pupil’s skills and behaviours either 1:1 or in small groups, in line with agreed individual educational plans and behaviour management plans
  • To provide individual specialist support and advice to students attending lessons within the host mainstream school.  This will require the post holder to plan their support in conjunction with the C&IRB teacher/Base Lead Teacher to ensure that the student is accessing the teaching and learning within this setting positively and as independently as possible
  • To apply agreed strategies for supporting pupils with individual class teachers should behaviour management issues arise in a lesson
  • To assist and support all staff within the classroom where required
  • To represent the specialist teacher while off the school premises e.g. on educational visits
  • To recognise that whilst on the host school site and/or supporting pupils in class, the TA is responsible to the Base Lead Teacher, specialist teacher, Head Teacher [host school] and ultimately to the Head of SENSS
  • Subject to agreement, the teaching assistant may also escort / transport pupils to and from activities

Essential Criteria:

Educational Achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge:

Competency – (Decision Making) Demonstrates and applies up to date knowledge relevant to the post and seeks guidance where appropriate

  • Maths & English GCSE (A-C Grades)
  • Familiarity with the National Curriculum at the relevant and appropriate Key Stage (s)
  • Knowledge of the features of Autism Spectrum Conditions, and language and communication needs, and how these affect young people

Job related Aptitude and Skills:

Competency – (Active Communication / Delivering Results)

  • The ability to work positively in a team setting, including listening and taking into account the views of others, and actively sharing information
  • The ability to communicate sensitively and appropriately with colleagues at different levels, and with children and their parents
  • The ability to write succinct reports and keep records to share important detailed information with colleagues

Competency – (Decision Making / Delivering Results)

  • The ability and confidence to work unsupervised when required, following agreed guidelines and plans for individual children and groups
  • The ability to think positively and come up with creative ideas and solutions to problems

Personal Qualities:

Competency – (Personal Effectiveness / Delivering Results)

  • A quiet, calm, encouraging and positive manner and the ability to remain calm and patient in difficult situations
  • An open minded approach including the ability to respond positively to critical feedback, a commitment to learning and ongoing CPD and an openness to change and developing new ways of working
  • Good organisational skills including the ability to complete allocated tasks in a systematic way and prioritise where necessary

Desirable Criteria:

Educational achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge:

  • 5 A-C grades GCSEs
  • Additional SEN specific training such as PECS, TEACCH
  • A good knowledge and understanding of the national curriculum across different Key Stages
  • A good understanding of the impacts of Autism and Language and Communication difficulties on learning and access to education


  • Relevant and recent experience of working with children with Autism or Language and Communication Needs in an educational setting
  • Relevant and recent experience of working in an educational setting to support children with SEN
  • Experience working with young people to facilitate learning and encourage independence

Job related aptitude and skills:

  • Competency – Active Communication / Customer focus / Delivering results
  • Ability to moderate language to meet a range of different communication styles and needs
  • The ability to use ICT to support students and to support the admin. functions of the post

Special Requirements

  • Driving licence and willingness to undertake a minibus driving test
  • Willingness to support students in extra curricular activities, such as residential trips
  • Having undertaken training in Safeguarding or Child protection

Vetting Requirements:

This role is subject to an enhanced Criminal records Check.

Please note that under safer recruitment requirements, references will be requested prior to interview.

Contact details for an informal discussion:

For further information please contact Sarah Vincent, Assistant Area Team Manager on 07785 762364.


Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.

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