Autism Teaching Assistant

20'000+ Per Year

Attention: Aspiring Education Professionals! Join an Exceptional Team and Make a Lasting Difference!

Are you ready to embark on a rewarding journey into the world of education? Our esteemed client, an incredibly close-knit and highly skilled group of professionals dedicated to working with young people with Autism, is eagerly seeking individuals who are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of these remarkable individuals.

In the role of a tutor, you will have the incredible opportunity to work one-on-one with a young person with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), under the guidance of our lead tutor. Our school provides a warm and nurturing environment, boasting an outstanding support staff-to-pupil ratio, ensuring that each student receives the highest quality education possible. Undoubtedly, this role presents its challenges due to the unique needs of our students. Therefore, we are searching for an exceptional team member who embodies resilience, patience, and unwavering friendliness.

While prior experience in special education or within the educational field is desirable, it is not essential. What matters most to us is your genuine passion for working with individuals with SEN, your dedication to young people’s growth, and your unwavering drive to advance your career within the field.

Here’s what we offer:

  • Full-time position: 38.25 hours per week, 42 weeks per year
  • Competitive starting salary: £20,000 per annum
  • Comprehensive training and development program to support your professional growth

Position Details:

  • Job Title: Tutor (Teaching Assistant)
  • Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:45 am to 5:00 pm (4:30 pm finish on Fridays)
  • Direct Supervisor: Class Leader and Teacher in Charge
  • School Year: Approximately 42 weeks across three terms
  • Location: Conveniently situated just 20 minutes from Haywards Heath, West Sussex
  • Probation Period: Six months
Driving is desirable due to the location, but the school have a carpooling scheme for commuters from Crawley, East Grinstead and surrounding towns.

Key Responsibilities: Educational Provision:

  • Conducting personalized teaching sessions with assigned pupils on a daily basis
  • Collecting and accurately recording data on program delivery, as instructed by the Class Leader or Lead Tutor
  • Assisting and guiding pupils in engaging in extra-curricular activities during the school day
  • Progressing towards full-time one-on-one teaching and taking on keyworker responsibilities
  • Participating in the supervision of indoor/outdoor playtime and lunch on a rotational basis
  • Contributing to the development, organization, and maintenance of appropriate curricular and teaching materials
  • Actively participating in staff meetings and training sessions
  • Providing personal care, when necessary, such as toileting, nappy changing, and feeding, for pupils within the school
  • Collaborating with a classroom team to provide behaviour-based instruction to children with autism and related communication disorders
  • Undertaking other relevant duties as required

Safeguarding and Welfare:

  • Reporting welfare concerns accurately to the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) through the school POD
  • Adhering to risk assessments, behaviour plans, and specific teaching strategies for supported/taught pupils
  • Understanding and implementing all school policies, with a focus on curricula, health and safety, child protection, and behaviour management

Communication and Record Keeping:

  • Contributing to home/school liaison and preparing written reports for key students
  • Regularly updating the Earwig system with evidence of pupil progress
  • Actively participating in team meetings and offering ideas for enhancing student learning

Professional Development:

  • Actively engaging in the probationary period, ensuring that competencies and targets are met within the agreed timeframe

During your induction, which includes essential training on Child Protection, Fire Safety, and Health & Safety, you will gradually assume teaching duties in the classroom. Throughout the probationary period, you will receive continuous support and supervision, enabling you to thrive in your role:

  • Regular monitoring and ongoing feedback on your performance and progress
  • Comprehensive guidance during the initial two weeks, with overlaps involving your Class Leader or Lead Tutor to familiarize you with specific aspects of student programs, teaching procedures, and behaviour management
  • Weekly overlaps during the following four weeks to provide further support and feedback
  • Concentrated focus on getting to know individual students and implementing the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in your teaching, including reinforcement, prompting, and fostering language opportunities
  • A review of your progress after two months, during which you’ll receive guidance, identify areas requiring assistance, and set objectives for the next two months
  • Working one-on-one with students, gaining proficiency in teaching procedures, and implementing a full range of teaching targets over the subsequent two months
  • A review and revision of objectives after four months, offering support, additional training if needed, and providing feedback on your progress
  • A formal appraisal at the end of the six-month probationary period, assessing your teaching and professional standards, and confirming your successful completion

Please note that as part of your role, you will receive training in positive handling techniques for students displaying challenging behaviours. This includes both reactive strategies (guiding, escorting, and holding positions) to ensure safety and proactive strategies to prevent risks and reduce the need for restraint. You will also be required to participate in physical activities with students, as outlined in their Individual Education Plans.

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At Pink Tile Education, we prioritize “Best Fit, Every Time,” aligning the expectations of our schools, candidates, and ourselves to ensure a harmonious and impactful match. We are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Therefore, successful applicants will undergo various background checks, including obtaining a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate if not already holding a valid one on the update service.

Join our dedicated team today and make a lasting difference in the lives of young people with Autism. Together, we can create a brighter future!

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