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The Unicorn School
Teaching Assistant: 1:1 SEN Support
To assist in promoting the learning and personal development of the pupil to whom you are assigned, to enable him/her to make best use of the educational opportunities available to them. We are flexible here and the TA position can be for KS2, 3 or 4.
To aid the pupil to learn as effectively as possible both in group situations and on his/her own by, for example:
Clarifying and explaining instructions
Ensuring the pupil is able to use equipment and materials provided
Motivating and encouraging the pupil(s) as required by providing levels of individual attention, reassurance and help with learning tasks as appropriate to pupils’ needs
Assisting in weaker areas, e.g. speech and language, reading, spelling, numeracy, handwriting/presentation etc
Using praise, commentary and assistance to encourage the pupil to concentrate and stay on task
Liaising with class teacher, SENCO and other professionals about individual education plans (IEPs), contributing to the planning and delivery as appropriate
Providing additional nurture to individuals when requested by the class teacher or SENCO
Consistently and effectively implementing agreed behaviour management strategies
Helping to make appropriate resources to support the pupil
To establish supportive relationships with the pupil concerned
To promote the acceptance and inclusion of the pupil with SEN, encouraging pupils to interact with each other in an appropriate and acceptable manner
Monitor the pupil’s response to the learning activities and, where appropriate, modify or adapt the activities as agreed with the teacher to achieve the intended learning outcomes.
To give positive encouragement, feedback and praise to reinforce and sustain the pupil’s efforts and develop self-reliance and self-esteem.
To mark pupils’ work under the direction of the class teacher
To support the pupil in developing social skills both in and out of the Classroom
To support the use of ICT in learning activities and with specific programmes to support learning. (For example – Clicker 6)
To provide regular feedback on the pupil’s learning and behaviour to the teacher/SENCO, including feedback on the effectiveness of the behaviour strategies adopted
Under the direction of the teacher, carry out and report on systematic observations of pupils to gather evidence of their knowledge, understanding and skills upon which the teacher makes judgements about their stage of development
When working with a group of pupils, understand and use group dynamics to promote group effectiveness and support group and individual performance
Where appropriate, to know and apply positive handling techniques
To know and apply school policies on Child Protection, Health and Safety, Behaviour, Teaching and Learning, Equal Opportunities etc
Where appropriate to develop a relationship to foster links between home and school, and to keep the school informed of relevant information
To be aware of confidential issues linked to home/pupil/teacher/school
To contribute towards reviews of the pupil’s progress as appropriate
To comply with legal and organisational requirements for maintaining the health, safety and security of yourself and others in the learning environment
To take part in training activities offered by the school to further knowledge and skills of working with a child with specific learning difficulties
To be willing to support playground/break time supervision e.g. educational games, homework clubs etc
To accompany teacher and pupils on educational visits
To provide individual support, as required, during examination sessions
To carry out the above duties in accordance with the Education Department’s Equal Opportunities Policy.
SAFER RECRUITMENT POLICY
The Unicorn School is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post. Any offer of appointment will be conditional upon a variety of satisfactory pre-employment checks including checks with past employers, an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Check, satisfactory references and medical clearance. Child protection training will also need to be undertaken.
The deadline for applications is Friday January 7th.
Please contact Diane Kenyon for further information or an application pack:
01235 530 222
The Unicorn School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including enhanced disclosure via the DBS and checks with past employers.