SEN Teaching Assistant (Trainee SEN Teacher)

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We have opportunities available for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join our teaching team at Jigsaw School, a day school graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for autistic children aged 4-19. Access a wide range of funded training and qualification opportunities in SEN education whilst gaining a breadth of experience with children of varying ages and abilities. At Jigsaw School, we use behaviour driven teaching strategies and interventions to encourage positive outcomes and development of our pupils. Working within small classes individually and in groups, you will design, plan and deliver teaching sessions to encourage pupils learning and progression as well as improve their social and emotional development.

Salary: £18,626 per annum plus regular salary progression based on completion of training. You will also receive a £1,000 bonus upon joining.

Hours: 34.75 hours per week – Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30 pm (Tuesday till 5.30pm for staff meetings and training). Part Time working is also considered – 3 or 4 days (working days must include a Tuesday)

Holiday: 9 weeks paid school holidays

Teaching Team Responsibilities

  • Provide teaching and support to pupils with autism, following individualised curriculums
  • Plan, prepare and deliver lessons and activities, focusing largely on life skills
  • Support pupils’ participation in trips, applying theory-based learning to practice
  • Provide behaviourally based support to reduce behaviours that impact quality of life
  • Provide personal care, encouraging pupils to maintain acceptable levels of hygiene (toileting, feeding)
  • Monitor pupil progress, ensuring teaching is appropriate and effective for pupil needs
  • Assist with breaktime duties including playground support and snack time

What we can offer you

  • £1,000 bonus upon joining
  • Regular salary progression with opportunities to increase as soon as 6 months from joining
  • Career advancement opportunities to senior roles including Lead Teacher and Class Supervisor
  • Additional opportunities to broaden your skills including Mental Health First Aider, School Council Representative and Pupil Behaviour Support
  • Opportunity to work alongside our in-house team of Occupational and Speech & Language Therapists
  • Staff wellbeing and support facilities
  • Enrolment into our pension scheme
  • Term time only working

Have you heard about our funded training and qualifications opportunities?

  • Regular training in Safeguarding, Emergency Medication, Behaviour Management, Personal Care, Autism, First Aid and more
  • Access to a wide range of Education & Childcare courses including RQF CACHE Level 2, 3 & 4 in Early Years, Learning Difficulties and Teaching & Learning
  • Behaviour specific qualifications including Teaching Ranks, Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT), Board Certified Behaviour Analysis certification (BCBA) and Masters in Behaviour Analysis

Whatever your interest, we have something for you to help build a career in SEN education!

What do you need?

  • Professional, personal or voluntary experience of working with children and disabilities
  • Minimum Grade C/4 GCSE in English Language & Maths or equivalent
  • Comfortable working with children who exhibit challenging behaviour
  • Comfortable supporting others with personal/intimate care where required
  • Ability to keep calm in high pressure situations
  • Drivers licence or access to a lift (due to remote location)

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