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Teaching Assistant - Term Time - Special Needs Position

Shenstone School, Crayford

  • Ref:KCC303-7001-84S
  • Posted:09/05/2023
  • Pay:Bexley 05 (£13.21 per hour) £24,804 per annum
  • Start Date:1st September 2023
  • App Close Date:02/07/2023 at 12:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Shenstone Secondary School

Our secondary site is based at Belvedere and although you will be predominately based at this site, you will also need to be prepared/willing to work at our Primary School sites based at Crayford & Sidcup for the purpose of operational feasibility. 

We are looking for enthusiastic, engaging, empathetic and resilient candidates to join our fantastic and dedicated team at Shenstone School.  You will be required to work as part of a team, under the direction of the Class Teacher/Cover Supervisor helping and supporting pupils with their emotional, social and cognitive learning. 

You will use a variety of different techniques to motivate, engage and encourage the pupils to achieve their greatest possible outcomes.  You will also be required to initiate and participate in games/activities, toilet/change where necessary and protect pupils safety and wellbeing.

If you are looking for a challenge and are able to support and encourage our amazing pupils with SEND to achieve their full potential in our specialist school setting, then we would welcome your application.  The achievements of our pupils are extraordinary and will give you a sense of achievement when they make progress, however small.

It is paramount that you feel confident and resilient in working with pupils with challenging behaviour.   As individuals, each pupil presents with different abilities and behavioural needs which vary from child to child. 

For further details and how to apply – please refer to our Recruitment Pack.

Information about the school

Shenstone School is an all-through specialist school for children and young people with severe and/or profound and multiple learning difficulties. We opened our doors to our secondary provision in September 2022, when we welcomed our first year 7 cohort. As a school community, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to extend our learning offer to year 7-13 by 2029. The Secondary site is situated in Belvedere. Although we currently have a temporary facility for our secondary students, a specially adapted secondary school is currently being built in Halt Robin Road, Belvedere. We hope our permanent site will be up and running next academic year; however, we are expanding to welcome two new Year 7 classes in September 2023.

Our staff are passionate about providing the best opportunities and education to our students. Working in partnership with parents and carers, we successfully foster and develop a positive attitude in our young people and support them to have opportunities that will allow them to achieve beyond their expectations. The support and guidance students receive from staff gives them the confidence to learn independently and strive to achieve their most aspirational outcomes. The school positions itself as a centre of excellence for its students, parents/carers, staff, local authorities and the wider community.

We aim to ensure that all students have the maximum opportunity to participate fully in society to enhance their life chances. We pride ourselves on ensuring that learning remains purposeful but is equally fun. We are committed to supporting the emotional health and well-being of all our students, staff and parents/carers, and we stand by our motto of “together we engage, thrive and achieve”.

We are very proud of Shenstone School and our achievements which include: The Autism accreditation through the National Autistic Society, The Wellbeing Award for Schools, Outstandingly Happy School status, Move Centre of Excellence Award, National Online Safety Certified School status, and we are also an accredited Arts Award Centre. We continue to expand with new ideas and initiatives to maintain and improve services for students and staff.

Staff at Shenstone School can access the following benefits: excellent induction and probation processes, comprehensive in-house training, competitive pension scheme, employee counselling services, vaccination programmes, on-site mental health first aid team and various other well-being and social activities.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Georgia Bissett
  • Address:94 Old Road, Crayford, Kent, DA1 4DZ
  • Telephone: 01322 524145
  • Email: hr@shenstone-tkat.org


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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 Legislation.