SEN Teaching Assistant, Jigsaw School, Surrey

SEN Teaching Assistant – Jigsaw School (Cranleigh, GU6 8TB)

Calling all Teaching, Learning Support Assistants and Nursery Workers. 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 children with autism aged 4-19 years old.

This rare opening will give you access to numerous funded training and qualification opportunities in SEN teaching 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: £16,454 per annum plus regular salary progression based on completion of training and a £1,000 bonus upon joining

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am – 4.30 pm (Tuesday till 5.30pm for staff meetings and training)

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 helping you to grow into senior roles including Lead Teacher and Class Supervisor
  • Opportunities to gain funded and recognised qualifications building you a career in SEN education (behavioural based teaching accreditations (CABAS ranks), Registered Behaviour Technician, Board Certified Behaviour Analyst certification, Masters in behaviour analysis)
  • Extensive training including first aid, safeguarding, emergency medication and much more!
  • Additional duties available to build your CV 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
  • Term time only working

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)

About Jigsaw

Jigsaw Trust is a registered charity committed to raising awareness of autism and to providing facilities, services and resources for the education, integration, guidance, assessment, outreach and support of people affected by autism.

The Trust manages the Jigsaw CABAS School rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, educating pupils aged 4-19 years, JigsawPlus providing a specialist day provision that supports adults from the age of 18+, Café on the Park a social enterprise offering adults and young people a variety of work experience and volunteering opportunities tailored to their individual abilities and tolerances, and Jigsaw GARDEN works a horticultural enterprise enabling learners of all ages to embark on a range of outdoor activities.

Find out more

Please look at our website where you will find a full Job Description.

To apply for this role, download and complete an application form found at and return it to

Closing date: Monday 10th January 2022

We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the advertised date, therefore we recommend applying as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).