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The Unicorn School

The Unicorn School

A Specialist School supporting pupils with dyslexia and related learning difficulties



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The Unicorn School


Teaching Assistant: 1:1 SEN Support

Main Functions:

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.


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.

Application Procedure:

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.

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