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Teaching Assistant (SEMH Experience) - Term Time - Special Needs Position

Aspire School, Sittingbourne

  • Ref:KCC886-7005-75S
  • Posted:22/05/2024
  • Pay:Range 3 +SEN allowance
  • Start Date:ASAP
  • App Close Date:21/06/2024 at 12:00
  • 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 around their social and emotional understanding. The approach used with these pupils allows for a bespoke therapeutic curriculum, where no two days will ever feel the same.

These pupils receive targeted input, from a range of professionals to support with their Social, Emotional, and Mental Health needs. You will join this team of professionals in facilitating that input and delivering a positive social and academic experience for all those in your care.

Initially, the children may be hesitant to connect with you, but it is your responsibility to build and foster meaningful and healthy relationships to support their development and well-being. You will be responsible for modelling resilience in all aspects of your role, and in return will be rewarded through watching these pupils thrive as you create further opportunities for them.

This is a temporary (until 31st August 2025 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. 

To apply you will need to have the following:

  • Experience in supporting children with SEN, and in particular, ASD;
  • Experience of working with children with SEMH needs or challenging behaviours;
  • You are a resilient and positive person;

You will also be a desirable candidate if:

  • You are Team-Teach trained or have previous training in positive behaviour support strategies;
  • 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.

Please only apply if you meet the specified requirements and are prepared to engage actively and diligently with the responsibilities of this role.

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.
  • Excellent pension scheme
  • Counselling Service
  • Health Cashplan
  • Free parking
  • Discounted breakfast and after school club for your child (if your child attends one of our trust schools)

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. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service. 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.

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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.