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Teaching Assistant SEN - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Life Skills Manor for Autism, Sandwich

  • Ref:KCC886-19087-14S
  • Posted:21/01/2023
  • Pay:£19, 293 Per Annum
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:18/02/2023 at 12:00
  • Interviews:21st February 2023


The nature of this role is one that is bound to vary from time to time, or specifically on a daily basis. This is because the needs of each child differ from the other.

Therefore, the SEN teaching assistant must be able to show great flexibility on his/her job.

Performing the duties and responsibilities of a SEN teaching assistant may sometimes seem daunting and time consuming; this is why to be successful in this career, patience and attentiveness are major qualities you will need to have to effectively help children with learning difficulty.

Special Education Needs teaching assistants must follow the prevailing school curriculum; however, they should employ innovations and adaptation when necessary to effectively handle students with learning difficulties.

They should also show sincere concern and willingness to help in every situation when attending to each child. That is to say that each SEN teaching assistant should be as friendly as possible always.

Special Education Needs teaching assistants perform various functions as they strive to make learning easy for children with learning difficulties.

Given below is a job description example highlighting major duties, tasks, and responsibilities SEN teaching assistants commonly perform:

  • Prepare lessons and resources with which to teach each child as frequently as is required
  • Carry out administrative duties in the nature of keeping and maintaining records of each child’s progress
  • Work with fellow SEN teaching assistants to identify specific needs of each child
  • Work hand-in-hand with the classroom teachers to ensure that activities that are being put in place for children are related to national curriculum
  • Work closely with other professionals like educational psychologists or physiotherapists
  • Teach and mentor students, both collectively and individually
  • Look after children’s social and emotional needs
  • Attend occasional review meetings so as to plan and have a broader view of better ways to be more effective when dealing with children
  • Communicate with students to determine their needs and ensure they are equally met
  • Observe children to find out changes in behavior or in other areas and report such observations to the classroom teacher
  • Help children in personal care, such as hygiene and clothing.

If you are interested in applying for the job of SEN teaching assistant, the following are common requirements, including skills, knowledge, abilities, and qualifications that most employers may want you to meet to be considered for the role:

  • A SEN teaching assistant should be able to manage the different behaviors that each child exhibits at every given time
  • He/she should have interest in children’s education
  • He/she must possess good and effective communication skills so as to be able to determine the needs of each child and help him/her when necessary. The need to be attentive to and be patient with children at all times is also important
  • Good verbal and numerical skills are also important
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to be able to freely relate with people from diverse background
  • The ability to be sensitive to the needs of children and to be firm when necessary
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team

Information about the school

The journey for Life Skills Manor for Autism started in 2015, proposed as a Special Free School. The original proposer team consisted of parents with children with autism and educational experts that had a range of SEND experience.

During the original proposal, the steering group formulated a Life Skills curriculum based upon the views of parent led groups. Unfortunately, the project was shelved pending political obstacles associated with Free Schools.

In 2020, we were able to proceed with the Life Skills Manor vision as a self-governing provision. We are delighted to report that we are now a registered independent special school with the Department for Education. Furthermore, we are taking strides to be at the forefront of special needs education.

Our school has been in the making for many years and we opened our doors in January 2022 to deliver our curriculum that embeds ‘skills for life’.

Our curriculum intent is to,

•Deliver a double-stranded curriculum at KS3 that is principally skills based with the inclusion of core academic subjects such as Maths, English and Science.

•Ensure every pupil will leave with employer recognised accreditations, certifications, qualifications, and social skills that will provide them with a solid platform to go onto further education or employment.

•Ensure Life Skills lessons will be taught every day to foster independent living, employability, healthy living, and participation in society.

Our pupil cohort will,

•Have a primary diagnosis of autism or in process of receiving a diagnosis.
•Have an EHC Plan.
•Be from the Catchment Districts of Thanet, Dover or Canterbury.
•Have Moderate Learning Difficulties or are High Functioning Autism.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Paul Barrett
  • Address:Life Skills Manor, Baypoint Sports Club , Ramsgate Road, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9QL
  • Telephone: 01304 747464
  • Email: paul@lifeskillsmanor.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). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education.