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Teaching Assistant - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Learning Opportunities, Deal

  • Ref:KCC886-6063-19S
  • Posted:05/06/2024
  • Pay:£18,080 per annum
  • Start Date:September 2024
  • App Close Date:05/07/2024 at 11:00
  • Interviews:Flexible


A full-time Teaching Assistant is required to work in the classroom and provide 1:1 support outside the classroom as necessary. Experience of working with children with ASD and/or SEMH difficulties is desirable, enthusiasm, flexibility and resilience are essential. 

Our ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic and confident team player who is able to demonstrate previous success in working with children.  You should also be able to evidence using your own initiative to support successful learning. You will demonstrate a positive and relational approach to behaviour support and a calm and friendly manner.

A full, clean driving licence is essential as there will be the requirement to support students at offsite placements.

Team Teach training would be beneficial.

Applicants will ideally have at least GCSE Maths and English grade C or equivalent. 

Learning Opportunities is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children & young people and we expect all staff to share this commitment. Please note the position is subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references. Full details of our safeguarding procedures and policies can be found on the school website - www.learningopps.org.

Visits to the school are welcomed and encouraged, please contact simong@learningopps.org if you would like any further information or to arrange a visit to the school.

Please note, interviews will be held as and when applicants apply.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Information about the school

Learning Opportunities is a small independent specialist school for students with a wide range of additional needs, including social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH), autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and moderate learning difficulties. We are registered to provide education for 36 students with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP), aged 10 to 19 years of age (Key Stages 2,3,4 & 5). All students have, for a variety of reasons, found it difficult to achieve their full potential in other settings. Often their schooling will have been chaotic and fragmented, resulting in them falling behind their peers academically, and as a result they relish the chance to succeed in our smaller and more personal setting.

At Learning Opportunities we pride ourselves in managing the wide ranging social, emotional, behavioural and educational needs of all our students, where they are supported within a consistent, caring and supportive environment. Our dedicated staff team, who have a range of expertise, are passionate about providing the best possible opportunities and outcomes for all of our students. Highly personalised programmes support students to develop the self-confidence to deal with the significant life changes and challenges they may encounter, and to become positive members of the school and wider community.

A key feature of what we do is teaching our students to take responsibility for their behaviour and its consequences. We work in partnership with parents, carers and other agencies to help students make positive choices and changes, which will serve them better in their future life. Many of our visitors comment on the positive ethos of the school – calm, focused and happy, where appropriate and positive relationships between staff and students are clearly evident.

Following a successful Ofsted inspection in October 2022 we are now looking for a member of staff to join the team who can continue the great work we already do and contribute to making our provision even better in the future.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Simon Graydon
  • Address:Ringwould Road, Ringwould, Deal, Kent, CT14 8DW
  • Telephone: 07394 984289
  • Email: lesleyb@learningopps.org

Fax: 01304 381906


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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.