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Psychology Graduate | Behaviour & Mental Health Support

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Job description

Are you a Psychology graduate looking to further your experience in special educational needs?

We are looking for a calm, assertive SEN teaching assistant to support in a SEN school in Cardiff. The school caters for the needs of a variety of pupils, ranging from those in wheel chairs, non-verbal students, SEMH, ASD and more. This long term Teaching Assistant position is perfect for a Psychology graduate or experienced ASD worker, looking to develop their career in Clinical or Educational Psychology.

The school requires a Learning Support Assistant who has the ability to maintain a calm and patient atmosphere and have the skills to support behaviour management. It's crucial that you are pro-active and engaging with the children as this will allow for progress amongst pupils within the class. You will be working with a variety of children on a 1:1 level and in small groups.

If you have any of the below this could be the role for you...

  • Experience of working with children within or without a school setting
  • A strong desire to help children achieve their potential
  • Relevant qualifications such as NVQ level 3, PECS, Makaton and/or Team Teach
  • Ambition to grow and progress with education
  • Key skills and experience needed:
  • Experience working in specialist schools such as SEN schools or Pupil Referral Units

You will be expected to:

  • Establish rapport and respectful, trusting relationships with pupils, their families and their carers
  • Encourage the development of self-confidence, sensitivity and respect for others through the understanding of individual rights and responsibilities
  • Ensure positive inclusion of all pupils by fostering community links and developing the role of the school as part of the total educational provision
  • Provide a curriculum that is accessible and relevant to the needs of each individual pupil through a range of activities and opportunities which ensure that learning is fun
  • Encourage self-advocacy and independence
  • Generate attitudes of respect and understanding towards all individuals irrespective of background
  • Give emphasis to the quality of relationships between all people in the school.


  • With experience you may be able to progress to a senior assistant job. You may be able to take on more responsibility by applying for training and assessment for Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status
  • When you are fully experienced as a special needs teaching assistant, you may be able to study for a foundation degree. These are offered by a number of colleges and universities
  • After completing a foundation degree you might be able to progress to a related honours degree which could provide a route for qualifying as a primary school teacher

Teaching Personnel are the UK's leading Education Recruitment Agency and we are recruiting for similar vacancies across South Wales. We are also on the Government approved list of recommended agencies from September so all the more reason to register your interest to work with us.

Please call Bethan our SEN manager on 02920 660270 for more information.

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