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Autism Support Assistant

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Autism Support Assistant 

  • Work in a special educational needs school in north west Leeds
  • Support students from age 3-19 with Autism 
  • Work as part of a large and diverse support team

I am currently looking for a caring and empathetic individual to work closely with students with autism (ASC) at a special educational needs school near Horsforth, Leeds. The role will be to start once educational settings re-open.

The school caters for children from ages 3-19 all of whom have autism and face difficulties with communication and social interaction. Some students also have additional learning and physical disabilities which require further support from physiotherapists and occupational therapists on site. The school is based across a large site with both primary and secondary provisions, they have an outdoor space with wildlife garden for outdoor learning. The school is highly equip to support the needs of students with specialist equipment including a hydrotherapy pool, care suites, sensory rooms and rebound rooms which you may be required to provide additional support in alongside the qualified therapists and nurses. You may be required to undergo additional training which will be provided by ourselves or the school.

The role will be to provide 1:1 support for a student with moderate ASC who faces difficulties with communication, interaction and everyday life, resulting in high levels of anxiety. You will be required to assist the student in all aspects of learning, following the students educational healthcare plan (EHCP) including sensory learning, structured learning and outdoor practical education. At times you may also be required to facilitate small group activities to help improve social interaction amongst students.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be empathetic, patient and understanding towards students.
  • Be encouraging and have a positive approach to reward and learning.
  • Have a hands on approach to learning and engage with the student on all levels. 
  • Have experience of working with young people in either an educational, residential or youth work capacity.
  • Hold an enhanced DBS certificate on the update service or be willing to apply for one. 
  • Have experience of supporting young people with autism is ideal but non-essential.
  • Have relevant training in moving and handling or be willing to undergo this training.

If you are interested in applying for this role and think you have the necessary skills and experience to support your application please visit the Teaching Personnel website to register for the position, or alternatively follow the link below to apply now.

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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