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Special Needs Teaching Assistant Bradford

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Job description

Teaching Personnel are seeking an experienced Teaching Assistant on a long term basis, covering a maternity leave at a special school in Bradford.

The school is situated in the Clayton area of Bradford and provides a differentiated curriculum for pupils with complex Special Educational Needs.

Pupils are aged 3-19 and have complex learning needs. In addition to very severe learning difficulties, some pupils have other significant difficulties, such as physical disabilities, sensory impairment or a severe medical condition. As a Teaching Assistant, you will deliver a high level of support, both for children's learning needs and also for their personal care. They are likely to need sensory stimulation and a curriculum broken down into very small steps. Some pupils communicate by gesture, pointing or symbols, others by very simple language. Training or experience using PECs and Makaton is desirable.

As a Teaching Assistant you must have a positive attitude and be able to learn how to maximise all pupils potential. Pupils' special educational needs should be considered within the context of their overall development - learning difficulties as part of their intellectual development. In addition to this, you will be expected to notice, challenge and report any racist, sexist or derogatory remarks made by pupils towards other children.

Part of your role as a Teaching Assistant will be promoting the school's policies regarding pupil behaviour by consistently and effectively implementing agreed behaviour strategies as directed by the class teacher. You will help pupils follow the school rules and also work towards specific goals and expectations as prescribed by the class teacher including individual, group or class targets.

Your key duties as a Teaching Assistant will be to:

  • Support provision for pupils with special needs
  • Support pupils with personal care (e.g. changing, feeding)
  • Challenge and motivate pupils, promote and reinforce self-esteem
  • Use specialist equipment as required, maintaining pupils' needs and supporting their participation in learning tasks and activities
  • Assist in ensuring that the length of time spent on tasks and activities is consistent with the individual pupils' needs
  • Assist pupils to carry out schemes of work and programmes set by teaching staff
  • Be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop
  • Appreciate and support the role of other professionals
  • Attend relevant meetings as required
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required
  • Assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, including before and after school and at lunchtimes

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