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SEN Teaching Assistant

As an SEN teaching assistant, you'll offer practical help and emotional support to children experiencing short or long-term difficulties. The focus of your role is to provide support to students, empowering them to address various challenges, reducing problems and risks and helping to make sure that children are safe. You might help children with a range of social and personal issues or specialise in a particular area such as Autism, Global Development Delay or Downs Syndrome. 


You'll need relevant work experience with children, young people and their families to work as an SEN teaching assistant. If you have any of the following experience, this role may be ideal for you!

  • Children's homes
  • Family community centres
  • Mental health services
  • Care homes
  • Nurseries and schools
  • Youth projects
  • Personal experience


  • Follow instructions from teachers in order to support effectively in the classroom
  • Adhere to professional practice standards and legislation, including confidentiality, safeguarding, equality, diversity and inclusion policies
  • Support pupils on a 1:1 basis, adapting your approach for the individual needs of the child/ children
  • Coach, mentor and motivate children to participate in the classroom activities

Relevant skills needed to be successful:

  • Good communication and listening skills
  • The ability to build and maintain rapport with children
  • Calmness under pressure and when dealing with challenging or confrontational behaviour
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • A good understanding of the challenges faced by the children you help
  • Organisation and problem-solving skills
  • Resilience and the ability to cope with emotionally-draining and traumatic situations
  • Commitment to making a positive difference to the lives of the students
  • A positive, non-judgemental, empathetic and sensitive approach

At Teaching Personnel, we are currently working with a number of schools in the East Lancashire area who are looking for additional support within their schools, please do not hestiate to get in touch with Charlotte on 01772 386 242 or email to discuss the potential roles available to suit your experience and expertise.

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 date.

Teaching Personnel is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. We offer all our registered candidates FREE child protection and prevent duty training. All candidates must undertake or have undertaken a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Full assistance provided.

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