Educational Assistant

Educational Assistant

Educational Assistant

Location: Cheadle
Salary: £14,332.24 (pro rated salary for 39 weeks)
Hours per Week: 34.5
About the Together Trust

We’re one of the North West’s leading disability charities, offering individual care, support and education to thousands of people each year.

Our work wouldn’t be possible without our incredible team of staff and volunteers who are positive role models to the people we support.

You’ll be joining an organisation driven by its values and desire to see meaningful change – the people we support really are at the heart of everything we do.

We want you to grow and develop – so we’ll support you to shape the career that you want to have.

We can’t promise a job with us will be easy. But what we can say is your work will be filled with meaning.

A job at the Together Trust is more than just a job. Together we’ll change lives.

The Together Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. It is a commitment we expect and require from all our staff and volunteers. All Successful applicants will undertake stringent recruitment checks including an enhanced DBS.

Job advert

Are you an Educational Assistant looking for your next career step?

We’re looking for Educational Assistant at Inscape House in Cheadle.

This is an incredibly rewarding job.

JOB PURPOSE

The purpose of the role is to support the learning and care of pupils across the school, under the supervision and guidance of teachers and therapists. Safeguarding children and vulnerable people is a priority for all employees.

NATURE OF THE POST

Inscape House School is a specialist school for children with autistic spectrum disorders and related conditions, based on the Together Trust Campus in Cheadle. The school has a broad and balanced curriculum incorporating the National Curriculum with an emphasis on the development of social, communication and personal skills as set out in the Inscape House School Teaching and Learning Policy. The post holder will work with teachers and therapists in assisting in the delivery of the curriculum and in the care of the pupils. In addition, the postholder will be required to participate in other activities within the school, including supervision of play and lunchtimes.

As part of the Together Trust Education Service staff team, including teachers, college tutors, speech and language therapists, assistants and other professionals, the postholder will be expected to participate in the life of the school and support the ethos of the Trust and Inscape House. In respect of the general responsibilities as an employee of the Trust, the postholder will be required to:

  • Promote a positive image of the school and the Trust at all times.
  • Be aware of and follow the relevant policies and procedures.
  • Maintain confidentiality for all areas of the post.
  • Take responsibility for the promotion of safeguarding and the welfare of children and young persons for who s/he is responsible for.
  • Co-operate with all Together Trust staff in maintaining harmonious interpersonal relations.
  • Perform any duties as may reasonably be required by the Trust, or as requested by the postholder’s line manager and other senior managers.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

1. In common with other assistants in the school, the postholder will be required to be an active part of a class team to provide assistance with the delivery of the ccurriculum under the guidance of and in consultation with teaching and therapy staff, including activities such as:

  • taking responsibility for the supervision of a group of children in a given activity
  • contributing to assessment through observation and recording of assessment data
  • contributing to the pupil IEP’s and support plans
  • recording incidents and achievements on the school MIS system
  • sharing responsibility for compilation of displays
  • devising and supervising practical activities, etc.
  • preparing relevant materials
  • carry out therapy programmes under the guidance of the Support for Learning Team
  • supporting pupils off site in a variety of education enrichment opportunities
  • as a specialist EA, support the delivery area of a specific curriculum area eg. science, PE, Music, Food Technology, Enrichment Curriculum & Family Activities, girls group.

2. In addition to these duties, the postholder will assume responsibility for one aspect of the work of the school or class determined in consultation with and supervised by the class teacher and/or deputy headteacher

3. The postholder will also have a range of care duties within the school, including:

  • meeting the care needs of the children and young people within the school including supervision of aspects of personal hygiene and health care.
  • providing support for pupils during school times, including accompanying them on educational or medical visits where necessary.
  • helping supervise pupils at lunchtimes and playtimes.

More generally, the postholder will also be required to:

1. work as a member of a staff team including teachers, speech and language therapists, other educational assistants, educational psychologists and consultant psychiatrists.

2. contribute to curriculum development as a whole within the school.

3. assist teaching staff in the process of monitoring, evaluating and recording pupil’s progress.

4. assist in liaison with parents, families and carers.

5. attend staff meetings and planning meetings.

6. keep a planning diary and meet monitoring deadlines

7. assist with students during their placement within the school.

8. show a commitment to CPD attending weekly training sessions and all Inset training days and twilights

Please note that this role may involve working across two different schools/sites which are local Stockport.

Qualifications

Essential

  • Relevant qualification in education and/or childcare (or commitment to obtain NVQ level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification)

Desirable

  • Evidence of recent relevant professional development

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of working with children

Desirable

  • Experience of working with children with special needs in a classroom setting
  • Experience of working with children with autistic spectrum conditions
  • Experience of successful work with pupils displaying challenging behaviour

Knowledge

Essential

  • Awareness of current developments in education generally and special education in particular

Desirable

  • Knowledge of specific approaches to working with people with autism both structured and unstructured, ie. TEACCH, intenstive interaciton, etc.

Skills, ability and aptitudes relevant to this post

Essential

  • As a specialist EA have skills in one or more of the following curriculum areas; science, PE, Music, Food Technology, Enrichment Curriculum & Family Activities, girls group.
  • Good ICT skills
  • A commitment to the ethos and practices of the school and Together Trust
  • A strong commitment to working co-operatively with parents
  • The ability to work effectively and co-operatively with colleagues within a staff team
  • Flexibility in dealing with changing circumstances
  • Ability to identify, clarify, prioritise and solve problems as they arise

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