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Higher Level Teaching Assistant - Full-time - Special Needs Position

OneSchool Global UK, Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-6104-42S
  • Posted:27/03/2019
  • Pay:Up to £23,000 DOE
  • Start Date:May 2019
  • App Close Date:19/04/2019 at 12:00
  • Interviews:Week commencing 22 April 2019


Due to stable growth, Focus School Linton Park Campus is seeking to appoint a highly motivated and enthusiastic Higher Level Teaching Assistant to support SEND students across KS2 - KS5. You will support the learning in class and in small group settings within a Self-Directed Learning philosophy. You will complement the professional work of teachers by taking responsibility for learning activities under an agreed system of supervision.

The post would suit a qualified HLTA experienced in supporting children with Downs Syndrome. It is also essential that the successful candidate be fluent in Makaton or sign-a-long.

N.B. Visits prior to application are warmly welcomed so you can come and see for yourself what makes Focus Learning Trust such a special and unique place to work - contact: Debbie Gilbertson on 01622 740825

Key Responsibilities:

  • To use specialist teaching skills to work with a child who has Downs Syndrome on a 1:1 and peer group basis to develop language, learning and social skills
  • To use specialist teaching skills to work with other pupils with SEND
  • To assess the educational needs of children with complex needs
  • Assess, manage and deliver learning support to SEND students using knowledge and specialist skills
  • To act as a Key Worker for identified pupils, regularly liaising with parents and staff to ensure progress against Learning Plan targets
  • To work closely with allocated pupils, understanding how to motivate and encourage them to achieve and progress through the development of their Attributes, Skills and Knowledge (ASK)
  • Encourage pupils to interact and work co-operatively with others and engage in all activities through support of their Attributes, Skills and Knowledge
  • To build and maintain successful relationships with pupils, treat them consistently and be concerned for their development as learners, supporting them and responding to their individual needs
  • Monitor and evaluate pupil responses to learning activities through a range of assessment and monitoring strategies
  • Work within an established discipline policy to anticipate and manage behaviour constructively, promoting self-control and independence
  • To be familiar with the school curriculum, the age related expectations of pupils and main teaching methods for age ranges in which you are involved

You will:

  • Ideally be qualified (NVQ Level 4/5 or equivalent), or have a good working knowledge in meeting Teaching Assistant standards
  • Have experience and be confident with the preparation and delivery of teaching
  • Experienced in the use of Makaton or sing-along.
  • Be able to adapt to each child and their specific needs either on a 1-2-1 or small group basis
  • Have a calm, soft and considerate approach when building rapport with each child
  • Be able to use ICT effectively to support learning
  • Have a full working knowledge of relevant policies/codes of practice/legislation
  • Have an understanding of special education needs as defined in the SEN Code of Practice


Information about the school

Focus School - Linton Park Campus Heath Road, Maidstone Kent, ME17 4HT Tel: 01622 740820

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Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.