Teaching Assistant, St Joseph’s Specialist Trust, Cranleigh, Surrey

St Joseph’s Specialist Trust
Teaching Assistant, Special Needs School
Cranleigh, Surrey

Actual salary range £15,919 – £17,102 for 39 weeks, term time plus CPD days

Do you want to change lives?

We are seeking a number of Teaching Assistants to support growing student numbers, to join the education team in our specialist school and college.  This is an education only role.  If you wish to work additionally as a care worker in our children’s home, please apply for the Teaching Assistant with Care Duties (160 hours per academic year) role which is separately advertised.

A Teaching Assistant at St Joseph’s is very different from a mainstream TA position. During the school week, you will be supporting students, age 5-19, with severe social communication difficulties, complex learning disabilities and often challenging behaviours to access therapy based education. With your compassion and guidance, you will help our students learn and achieve the greatest possible level of independence relative to their complex needs and help prepare them for life beyond school or college.

Our classes have between 4 and 10 students. They are grouped by ability and to meet their social needs rather than age. Some class time is structured. Many students follow a personalised timetable. They learn core skills including numeracy, literacy and science as well as life and living skills including cookery and gardening. Lessons are often 30 minutes long. Some of our students are non-verbal using alternative means of communication including Makaton, signs, symbols or communications aids, often using a multi-sensory approach.

Supporting our students can sometimes be challenging. They may get frustrated, anxious and emotional and you will need to guide them through it by helping them to manage their feelings and behaviour. You will have the ongoing support of a skilled and dedicated team. Comprehensive training and mentoring includes learning about safeguarding, autism and positive behaviour support.  Some of our students may need personal care.

All of our TAs take part in a twice weekly TA training package that includes theory and practical sessions and leads to a teaching apprentice qualification which has been approved by the CPD standards office. If you are recruited, you will be required to complete Team Teach positive behaviour support training as part of your induction before employment.

You don’t need experience to apply. You do need empathy and compassion, physical and mental resilience and the drive to make a real difference to the lives of our young people.

School hours are 36 per week: Monday 08.30-16.00, Tuesday – Thursday 08.30 – 16.15 and Friday 08.30 – 15.45.

What are we looking for?

  • Literacy and Numeracy Skills: you will need to support the students in their learning and be able to read, understand and complete medication forms, risk assessments and student reports and records.
  • Common Sense: you will need work in a team and dynamically risk assess challenging situations to keep yourself and others safe.
  • Communication skills: you need to be able to communicate effectively with children, families and professionals.
  • Patience: you will need to adapt to the pace of each individual young person and be able to remain calm when faced with anxious, emotional or frustrated behaviours, some of which would be deemed unacceptable elsewhere.

Why St Joseph’s?

  • A two year nationally accredited TA qualification with dedicated training
  • Team Teach positive behaviour support training
  • Excellent career progression opportunities
  • Free hot lunch during term time
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Free on-site parking
  • Induction programme
  • Employee assistance service (confidential, professional wellbeing and counselling 24/7 service)
  • Cranleigh Leisure Centre discount on gym, swim and fitness classes
  • Based on a beautiful 23 acre site in a semi-rural area on the edge of the Surrey Hills (own transport is desirable)

By joining St Joseph’s you become a key worker.

How to apply
Candidates must submit a fully completed application form. For an application pack (including form, job profile and person specification), please visit us at www.st-josephscranleigh.surrey.sch.uk/recruitment or email us at recruitment@st-josephscranleigh.surrey.sch.uk.  An electronic application form is also available on the recruitment page of the Trust website.

Closing date: 29th October 2021

St Joseph’s Specialist Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. These positions require an enhanced DBS disclosure.