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SEN Teaching Assistant - Full-time - Special Needs Position

The Quest School, Paddock Wood

  • Ref:KCC886-6108-57S
  • Posted:22/06/2022
  • Pay:£18,000 pa (£17,500 during probation)
  • Start Date:ASAP
  • App Close Date:15/07/2022 at 15:00
  • Interviews:Ongoing


We are currently looking to recruit a highly motivated, dynamic and enthusiastic full time Teaching Assistant (Tutor).

Quest School

Quest School is an independent specialist school, registered to take pupils from age 5-19 years, across the autistic spectrum. Our last Ofsted inspection in May 2018 rated us ‘Outstanding’ across all areas.

Quest can offer a rewarding and fulfilling career, where no two days are the same. Working here, you can really make a difference to a child’s life, whilst gaining valuable skills and experience in a specialist setting.

The Role

We are currently looking to recruit highly motivated, dynamic and enthusiastic Tutors to work in our amazing school.

You will be working with children with autism, implementing learning and behaviour programs set by our qualified teachers and behaviour specialist using techniques based on the principles of ABA.

You will work either 1-to-1 with pupils or in small groups of pupils (typically no more and 2-3 pupils per group), ensuring the daily needs of our pupils are met in a professional, competent, safe and fun school environment.

This is a fun and rewarding hands-on role, where no two days are the same. You will need to be creative, energetic and committed to providing an excellent school experience to our pupils.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about making a difference to children’s lives by enabling them to learn, thrive and achieve.

Full training will be provided and there are great opportunities for career progression. Enthusiasm, reliability, being a team player and a self starter are key skills required for the role.

Full-time and part-time roles available, term time only (39 weeks per year).

To enquire what working patterns/hours we have available, please contact the Human Resources Manager ellie.drake@questschool.co.uk.

Full time salary is £18,000pa (actual, term time only salary) upon completion of successful probationary period, £17,500 during probationary period (which is expected to last between 3-6months).

We are excited to offer a Quest New Starter Loyalty Bonus of £1000 (pro-rota for part time role) to all new starters after completion of two years service to reward you for your on-going commitment and loyalty to Quest.

The Quest School is legally obligated to process an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before making appointments to relevant posts.

The DBS check will reveal both spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings, and any other information held by local police that’s considered relevant to the role. Any information that is “protected” under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 will not appear on a DBS certificate.

For posts in regulated activity, the DBS check will include a relevant barred list check (Children’s and/or Adults barred list check depending on the role).

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, employment status, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, nationality, pregnancy and maternity, religious belief or non-belief, responsibility for dependants, sexual orientation, social background, trade union or political activity or any other reasons which cannot be shown or justified.

Information about the school

Quest School is an independent specialist school, registered to take pupils from age 5-19 years, across the autistic spectrum. Our last Ofsted inspection in May 2018 rated us ‘Outstanding’ across all areas.

Quest was founded in 2003 by a group of parents and Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) professionals, seeking to create a specialist learning environment, designed around the specific needs of pupils with autism.

The ABA approach is foundational to every aspect of learning within the school and uses a structured teaching approach built on the principles of behaviour science. Quest is the only ABA school in Kent – there are only a handful of other ABA schools across the UK.

Regardless of ability level, pupils at Quest School have made outstanding progress in all areas of learning. For some, this is achieving everyday tasks independently; for others, it is achieving nationally recognised accreditation at Key Stage 4 and 5. All pupils at Quest have a Statement of Special Educational Needs/Education, Health and Care Plan and consequently, places are agreed and funded by Local Authorities rather than individual fee-paying places.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Ellie Drake
  • Address:The Quest School, The Hop Farm, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Kent, TN12 6PY
  • Telephone: 01732522700
  • Email: ellie.drake@questschool.co.uk


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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).