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Special Needs Ancillary Assistant OCC7592

Job Details:

Salary Range: £23,866 - £26,470 pro rata, per annum 
Work Location: SEN Support Services, Ormerod Resource Base
Hours per week: 32.50
Contract type: Temporary until 21.07.2019, Term Time Only
Closing date: 27.01.2019


Advert Text:

A skilled Teaching Assistant (Enabler) with a calm, encouraging and positive manner is required to work with a child with multi-sensory impairment attending a resource base in Woodstock. The ability to work positively as part of a team and to communicate sensitively and appropriately with children, young people and colleagues is essential. 


You must have experience of working with children with special educational needs and hold GCSE Maths and English grade A* to C (or equivalent). Ideally, you'll have experience of working in a multi-agency team with an understanding of the keyworker role. 
Working closely with specialist teachers and school staff to improve outcomes, your aim will be to enable access to the curriculum and to facilitate inclusion for the child you support. The work will require initiative, flexibility and a willingness to work in more than one setting. 
The appointment is on a temporary basis, initially until the end of this academic year.

Job Purpose:

  • To be a key worker for a named student with multi-sensory impairment taking on the role of Intervenor.
  • To support the student in school, or in other settings (e.g. home or in the community), academically, pastorally and practically as required.  This may include supporting communication needs and managing some challenging behaviour.
  • To plan and carry out interventions to support the student in school, the community or at home as required.
  • To transport the student between settings with the full agreement of the student and parents and in line with safeguarding and risk assessments for transporting children and young people.
  • To liaise with teachers and other members of school staff to advise and support them when working with the student.
  • To liaise with the student’s parents/carers and communicate with them about the student's progress and any other information as required.
  • To liaise with external agencies including SENSS staff, health and social care workers and ensure that their recommendations for the student are implemented effectively.
  • To actively involve the student and family in a planned programme of support.



Role Responsibilities:

  • To support the student either individually or within small groups within lessons and/or outside, using appropriate strategies for a young person with multi-sensory impairment.
  • To help the student to develop independence and overcome barriers to learning
  • To have in-depth knowledge of the student’s special educational needs and learning strengths.
  • To attend planning and review meetings with a wider team of professionals, contributing to the planning of the student’s programme, adapting and differentiating resources as appropriate.
  • To actively liaise with subject teachers, specialist advisory teachers and the resource base staff to ensure knowledge of the student’s targeted outcomes and to feed back about progress.
  • To discuss outcomes and expectations with the student.
  • To deliver and keep records of interventions as directed by the SENSS specialist Resource Base Coordinator and other professionals working in the team around the student and family.
  • To give regular feedback about lessons to the Resource Base Coordinator.
  • To record student progress and contribute to reviews.
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of curriculum areas and attend INSET relating to the specific special education needs of the student as required.
  • To use specialist skills to support the sensory needs of the student.
  • To take a pastoral role with the student and support them in tutor / mentoring time.
  • To provide opportunities and motivation for the student to join in social activities within the resource base and with peers.
  • To assist with the organisation and supervision of curricular activities outside the classroom e.g. educational visits.
  • To work in partnership with the student’s parents following a family centred approach, contributing to positive liaison between the resource base, home and school.
  • To ensure that the views and rights of disabled children and young people are listened to and respected, actively promoting awareness and practice of equal opportunities in all aspects of the role.



  • To continue professional development as agreed.
  • To participate in the SENSS’ performance management process.
  • To be aware of and comply with the Local Authority, SENSS’ and the school’s policies and procedures including those relating to safeguarding, health & safety, security, confidentiality and data protection.

Selection Criteria - Essential:

Educational achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge:

  • A good general standard of education with a minimum of 5 GCSE’s, Grade A to C, including English and maths
  • Knowledge and understanding of child development and an awareness of the effects of special educational needs on the process
  • Evidence of successful and recent professional development



  • Relevant and recent experience of working with children and young people with special educational needs, as part of a team within an educational setting
  • Experience of adapting and devising activities and materials to use with children and young people with special educational needs


Job related aptitude and skills:

  • The ability to work unsupervised responding decisively to meet the need of the young person with special educational needs
  • The ability to work as an effective member of a team, under instruction and with initiative.
  • The ability to communicate sensitively and appropriately with colleagues at different levels, and with children, young people and their parents, developing positive relationships.
  • The ability to write succinct reports and keep records in a timely manner


Personal Qualities:

  • A quiet, calm, encouraging and positive manner and the ability to remain calm and patient in difficult situations
  • A commitment to learning and on-going professional development with an openness to change and the development of new ways of working
  • Good organisational skills including the ability to complete allocated tasks in a systematic way and prioritise where necessary


Special Requirements:

  • A willingness to work in a range of settings and ability to travel as required.


Equal Opportunities:

  • A respect for individual difference and diversity demonstrated through a clearly expressed commitment to the principles of inclusion and equal opportunities

Selection Criteria - Desirable:

Educational achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge:

  • Training and / or a qualification in working with children and young people with special educational needs
  • Training as an Intervenor
  • Behaviour management training



  • Experience of working with children and young people with a sensory impairment and / or complex needs
  • Experience of working as a lead professional or keyworker in a multi-agency team


Job related aptitudes and skills:

  • Confidence and ability to use ICT to support young people with special educational needs
  • The ability to mentor and contribute to the training of colleagues working with a child with complex special educational needs
  • An interest in Music
  • Ability to use Braille and / or experience of managing hearing aids and related equipment.

Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check.


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

Contact details for an informal discussion:

For more information or if you would like to visit the resource base please contact Nancy Gedge on 01993 814741



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.

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