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Teaching Assistant - Term Time - Special Needs Position

Aspire School, Sittingbourne

  • Ref:KCC886-7005-63S
  • Posted:28/11/2023
  • Pay:£16,396 pro rata (£21,510 FTE) +SEN allowance
  • Start Date:ASAP
  • App Close Date:06/01/2024 at 23:45
  • Interviews:ASAP


At Aspire school, we believe that learning needs to be individual for all and aspirational for everyone.

We are looking for a Teaching Assistant to join our team to support a cohort of pupils with specific needs; primarily autism and speech and language difficulties.

We are offering a rare opportunity to join a purpose-built environment designed for our unique children. Successful candidates will have the prospect of joining this collaborative team.

If you are experienced, enthusiastic and adaptable and have the passion to bring out the individual talent and provide the necessary level of nurture and care for individual pupil, please do complete an application form.

This is a temporary (until 31st August 2024 with a view to extend) term time only contract (38 weeks per year plus 5 training days), 32.5 hours per week, 8.30 until 15.30 Monday to Friday. 

You will be our desirable candidate if:

- You have experience in supporting children with SEN, and in particular, ASD;

- You have experience of working with children that are pre-verbal or have limited spoken language;

- You have experience of using a range of different strategies to support communication, e.g. PECs, Makaton, etc.

- You have experience using positive behaviour strategies;

- You have experience of working with children with speech, language and communication needs;

- You have experience of assisting pupils with their personal care and toileting needs;

- You have experience with children who have social, emotional and mental health needs;

- You thrive working in a friendly team with like-minded people;

- You have a positive sense of humour and attitude;

- You are a clear communicator with adults and children;

- You are a positive role model to all.

In return, we can offer you:

- A friendly and supportive team;

- Opportunities for progression and development through training, coaching and mentoring;

- A healthy work-life balance;

- An inclusive environment where you feel valued;

- A supportive leadership team.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend the interview at Aspire School.

Aspire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare for all children and preventing extremism. We expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All post holders in regulated activity are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Check. Shortlisted candidates will be subject to online searches for publicly available information.

CVs will only be accepted when accompanied by a fully completed online application form. No agencies please.

In cases where we receive a high volume of applications for a post, we may bring the closing date forward. We reserve the right to make an appointment before the closing date, so early applications are encouraged to avoid disappointment.

Information about the school

Aspire School is a special free school in Sittingbourne for children aged from 4 to 11 years; opened in September 2020. The school provides 168 places for pupils with autism and speech and language needs. Aspire School will provide exceptional specialist teaching from a team of specialist teachers, teaching assistants and other professionals. The new premises have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the children and will include therapy rooms, a high tech sensory room, soft play and a swing room. The curriculum will reflect the individual needs of the pupils and will offer opportunities for academic learning and the development of communication, life skills and personalised targets.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:HR
  • Address:Vellum Drive, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 5DA
  • Telephone: 01795 477417
  • Email: hr@ba-mat.org.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 Legislation.