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Teaching Assistant - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Caldecott Foundation School, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-7003-121S
  • Posted:07/06/2024
  • Pay:£16,255.20 to £17,316.00
  • Start Date:As soon as possible
  • App Close Date:28/06/2024 at 17:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Teaching Assistant, Smeeth, Kent.

Salary: £16,255.20 to £17,316.00 for 39 weeks.

Hours: Monday to Friday 08.30am to 4.30pm, term time only.


The Caldecott Foundation has been helping children build a future for over 110 years.  We provide schools, homes and therapeutic services to children and young people.  We are passionate about improving outcomes for our young people, encouraging life skills, and developing their social skills through play and education, whilst having fun.  We pride ourselves on providing our children and young people with exciting opportunities and an outstanding environment to live in.


This is an exciting opportunity to become involved in the increasingly important area of Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH). We are looking for dedicated, passionate, and committed Teaching Assistants.


  • Someone who is fun, kind, a safe and reliable role model
  • Calm, enthusiastic, creative, and have a great sense of humour
  • A team player, who is keen to grow and work on their own skills
  • Physically fit and not offended by the odd swear word
  • Resilient, emotionally aware, and level-headed
  • Able to see beyond behaviour and seek to understand the communication of need


The benefits you receive will increase over time in recognition of your commitment and dedication and include:

  • Solid career progression, with recognised qualifications, up to and including Masters level, funded by the company
  • a health cashback scheme (which covers you and up to four children),
  • a company pension scheme
  • an employee assistance programme
  • vouchers and discounts off retail, food, and entertainment
  • a cycle to work scheme

The Caldecott Foundation is committed to safeguarding children.  We follow safer recruitment guidelines, and all appointments will be subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service

Information about the school

Caldecott School is a non-maintained special school catering for up to 64 young people across Key Stages 1-4. We are a therapeutic school specialising in supporting the educational and emotional needs of students who have experienced trauma, and/or have a diagnosis of Autism and/or other neurodevelopmental and psychological problems aged 5 – 16.

Our team of teachers and Therapists work closely together to deliver a therapy informed curriculum within a safe, stimulating, personalised and nurturing learning environment. We strongly believe that children and young people can learn and move forward in their educational journey when their emotional, social, and cognitive needs are appropriately supported.

Caldecott School is set in a 24 acre site near Ashford, Kent and offers an exciting curriculum which is individualised to meet the needs of our students and includes Forest School, outdoor learning and a number of vocational courses - catering, construction, land based studies and hairdressing. Our holistic approach is underpinned by our Relational Model and has a therapeutic approach at its core designed to build trusting supportive relationships and address barriers to learning so that all of our students can achieve their full potential.

Our school is part of the Caldecott Foundation which is a well established charity that also provides residential care and fostering services. We have an exceptional track record delivering the highest quality of care and education and Ofsted agree having rated 8 out of our 10 services as ‘Outstanding’ as of May 2022. Caldecott School is currently rated ‘Good’.

It is an exciting time to join our team as we continue our plans to increase the number of students that we support as well as develop new courses and experiences for our students including a town farm where students can study animal husbandry.

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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.