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Are you experienced in working with young people with Special Educational Needs?

Are you seeking  a 121 support role?


Our client school in Preston have approached us to assist in the recruitment of permanent staff members to support their children with Autism.

The school is a specialist school, catering for pupils with Autism, Aspergers, BESD, Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties and Sensory Impairments.

The pupils you will be supporting will likely be aged between 6-19 and are accessing GCSE subjects. They are of average or above average intelligence but may have specific learning difficulties and some may have slight difficulties with speech or in understanding and processing language.

Your role will require working on a 1:1 basis, delivering GCSE subjects, across the curriculum. The work will be set for you and you will not be expected to plan, however the school are particularly interested in candidates with a specialist subject, interest or hobby, that can be used to engage the student in education. Examples include sports, languages, quizzes, gaming, music, deisgn, ICT etc! You will also assist the pupil in learning life skills and supporting their social, emotional and mental wellbeing.

You will ideally have experience in Autism, understanding the requirement for structure and routine, but being flexible enough to alter the working day and your plans, to suit the needs of the students.

The school have stressed that they are looking for Teaching Assistants who are innovative and can really engage their students in education, thinking outside the box to deliver lessons that really pique the pupils’ interests. Although the pupils aren’t necessarily challenging in their behaviours, you will have the ability to use their interests to distract the pupil from any periods where motivation is lacking and re-engage the student in the task at hand. 

There are a small number of roles available, starting either immediately or in September. If you are in a position currently, the school would happily wait for you to become available but you must be available to trial / meet with the school, prior to the 19th July. You must be available to start from September and be interested in a long-term / permanent role. It is likely the roles will be on a temp-perm basis, initially through the agency, before becoming a permanent member of staff.

The working hours will be 8:30am – 4:15pm, full-time, with an earlier finish on certain days. Lunch is also provided.

This is a very rewarding role and I urge you to apply if you are passionate about supporting young people with SEN.

As I am sure you can understand, the start date may change due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. However, this is an excellent time to register with Teaching Personnel as we are on standby to assist with schools' staffing and recruitment requirements as soon as they re-open!

If interested, please send a copy of your CV to ASAP.

All applicants will require the appropriate qualifications and training for this role. Please see for details.

All pay rates quoted will be inclusive of 12.07% statutory holiday pay. This advert is for a temporary position. In some cases, the option to make this role permanent may become available at a later

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