Teaching Assistant, Gretton School, Cambridge

Teaching Assistant

Gretton School is an independent specialist school for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, specifically high functioning autism. We welcome students from 5—19 years old, as weekly boarders or as day students. Based just outside Cambridge, we work with 12 counties to provide a broad and individualised education for these unique and wonderful students.

The school is growing and developing, it’s integrated therapeutic team are working tirelessly alongside the management team and the teaching and support staff to further develop our fantastic practise and outcomes.

This is a really exciting time for Gretton School, its staff and students, do you have what it takes to share the journey, and effectively support the school to its rightful bright future?

Teaching Assistant Job Description and Person Specification 

SCHOOL: Gretton School
POST: Teaching Assistant
GRADE: Competitive

Main functions:

  • Motivate and encourage student(s) as required by providing levels of individual attention, reassurance and help with living and learning tasks as appropriate to students’ needs.
  • Monitor students’ responses to living and learning activities through observation and planned recording of achievement.
  • Establish supportive relationships and trust with students.
  • Follow behavior management plans or other specific strategies as directed, consistently and effectively in line with agreed policy.
  • Take responsibility for the care and support of designated students.
  • Give students feedback on achievements in order to reinforce and develop self-reliance and self-esteem.
  • Understand and assist with positive handling techniques used within the school.
  • Comply with legal and organisational requirements for maintaining the health, safety and security of self and others in the school.
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to Safeguarding, Child Protection, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.
  • Take part in training activities offered by the school to further knowledge, skills and development and participate in regular performance reviews.
  • Produce concise reports and complete other written or electronic documentation as directed.
  • Carry out duties in accordance with Equal Opportunity Policy.
  • Modify or adapt the activities as agreed with the teacher to achieve the intended learning outcomes.
  • Help make appropriate resources to support the students and prepare work and activities in advance of the lesson e.g. making books, labels, signs and undertake practical tasks to maintain a good standard of classroom appearance.
  • Provide general clerical and administrative support, e.g. administer coursework, produce worksheets for agreed activities using ICT where appropriate.
  • Communicate the progress and needs of the learners with whom you work to the teaching staff.
  • The post holder may be required from time to time to undertake other duties within the school/service as may be reasonably expected.

Safeguarding recruitment statement
Gretton School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff to share this commitment, applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service.

We aim to be a fair employer and are committed to equal opportunities. Gretton School does not discriminate against employees on the basis of gender, ethnic origin, disability or age.

Please email us at jobs@grettonschool.com for more information.

Closing date- Monday 18th October

Start Date- As soon as possible