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Autism Support Assistant role, Preston 

The SENCO of a central Preston School has approached Teaching Personnel to secure a teaching assistant to support within their Y3 Class. The position is to provide full-time, one-to-one support to a young boy with Autism and is planned to begin in January 2020. Although the role is initially temporary, the school is looking to take the successful candidate onto a school contract by the end of the academic year.

A key aspect of the role is to create and maintain a learning environment in which the child feels safe and comfortable. This includes setting up a learning station which will enable him to focus upon his learning and will help to motivate him to complete set tasks/ targets. The child is currently working at Year 3 Greater Depth level; he therefore requires frequent opportunities to be challenged and pushed to fulfil his potential. Building a positive relationship with the child is of high importance and will be the basis for making any progress with him.

The school is an average sized Primary School located in the central Preston area. In the most recent Ofsted inspection, the school was graded ‘good’. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/ or disabilities is above the national average, as is the proportion of disadvantaged pupils in receipt of support through the pupil premium funding. 

The Head Teacher has requested to view CVs of candidates suitable for the specified role by 29th November. Short-listed candidates will then be trialled in school week commencing 2nd December 2019.

Job Specification:


-          Experience of supporting an individual with Autism within the last 6 months

-          GCSE English & Maths (A*-C)

-          Child workforce DBS on the update service or willing to apply for a new DBS

-          Right to work in the UK


-          Experience of working within a primary school setting within the last 6 months


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.

Teaching Personnel is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All candidates must undertake or have undertaken a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Full assistance provided.

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