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PRU Teaching Assistant - Bradford

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Teaching Personnel are seeking a Teaching Assistant for a Behaviour Support role in a Bradford Pupil Referral Unit (PRU).

The successful candidate must hold a valid Team Teach certificate, or be able to refresh this training ASAP (we are offering training during both the February and May half term holidays). You will be working with pupils between 8 and 16 years old with complex Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs. The pupils have been excluded from mainstream education and regularly display challenging behaviour. You will be able to build a rapport with young people and establish values based on mutual respect, trust and understanding.

As a Teaching Assistant you will:

  • Support pupils with SEMH needs both in and outside the classroom
  • Use a creative and differentiated approach to foster passion for learning and supporting engagement
  • Have knowledge and understanding of a whole setting holistic approach to behaviour management, including the importance of self-awareness and self-control whilst managing challenging behaviour
  • Be able to state the basic values, rationale and principles of the Team-Teach Approach
  • Have knowledge and understanding of the reporting, recording, monitoring and evaluating requirements of incidents involving physical controls and reasonable force
  • Have knowledge and understanding of aggression and conflict, being able to recognise typical signs and causes
  • Have knowledge and understanding of the importance of using de-escalation strategies where possible
  • Be able to conduct a follow up process with the service users and is aware of the importance of a support and supervision, repair and reflection process for both staff and individuals involved following a serious incident involving positive handling strategies

The PRU is based in the Heaton area of Bradford and is easily accessible by both car and public transport from the local areas. The setting recently moved into a newly refurbished building and benefits from state of the art facilities, a supportive and Senior Leadership Team and a reputable approach to behaviour management - gaining an Outstanding inspection from Ofsted in 2017. There are currently 65 pupils on roll, and you will be joining an established and experienced team of 12 Learning Support Assistants and 7 specialist teachers.

Previous experience of working within an alternative provision or PRU setting is desirable, however we are seeking candidates with a passion for supporting young people with SEMH needs, who are resilient and confident to effectively manage pupil behaviour and who are seeking a longer term career working with young people with additional needs. We would welcome applications from individuals with personal experience or those with a background in:

  • Youth or Community Work
  • Sports Coaching
  • Social Work
  • Care or Support Work
  • Residential Support
  • Armed Forces
  • Youth Offending Support

For more information or to register with Teaching Personnel and apply for this role, please contact Rebecca Holden on the details provided.

All applicants will require the appropriate qualifications and training for this role. Please see teachingpersonnel.com/faqs 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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