SEN Higher Level Teaching Assistant in Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

The Aurora Group

SEN Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Location: Bucknall, Stoke on Trent

Salary: £13.14 – £14.34p/hr (£23,479.24 to £25,623.40 actual salary per annum)

Hours: 40 hours per week – Term Time Only

Close date: 10th May 2023

The Aurora Group

The Aurora Group is an innovative provider of education and care for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

We are currently looking for an experienced Higher Level Teaching Assistant to start in September, in Stoke on Trent where our ‘Outstanding’ rated Aurora Hanley School supports young people aged 6 – 19 with complex needs typically related to Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, Sensory Processing and other conditions.

The Role

As a Higher Level Teaching Assistant, your role will be to support the Class Teacher with all elements of the day to day running of the class/s and to teach whole classes, groups and individual lessons in consultation with the Class Teacher. You’ll take the lead in the absence of a Class teacher, and assess, record and report on development, progress and attainment.

To facilitate this, you’ll be expected to know and understand the Class Teacher’s curriculum planning and to plan, prepare and deliver assigned programmes of teaching and learning activities to individual, small groups and/or classes modifying and adapting activities as necessary within agreed systems of supervision.

Where necessary this may include supporting with care needs from time to time as well as positive management of all behaviours associated with ASC and anxiety, adopting a tailored approach to the individual child.

You will be expected to establish a warm, caring and supportive relationship with pupils in order to support them feeling safe and enabling them to enjoy and learn during their time at the School, to promote and encourage independence and personal development in pupils and maintain high expectations of behaviour at all times.

Specific duties also include:

  • Support the planning and management of P.E, trips or visits off site

  • To support any new pupils transition into and out of school by liaising with all parties to share interventions and strategies and manage anxieties.

  • Work co-operatively with colleagues and professionals involved following a multi-disciplinary approach.

  • Delivering interventions tailored to an individual student or groups need as required

  • To support the Examinations process through managing invigilation.

  • To work with the Assistant Head to promote an inclusive curriculum

Like many SEN environments; your duties are likely to vary and therefore candidates will need to be flexible and be able to lend a hand whenever required. A full job description is available on request – please contact Karen in the Recruitment Team at [email protected]

Skills and Qualifications:

Successful candidates are likely to demonstrate:

  • The Higher Level Teaching Assistant Diploma or equivalent Level 4 qualification is desirable. Minimum Level 3 qualification considered with good background of experience.

  • Full UK driving licence

  • GCSE pass above C (or 4 in the new GCSE system) in English and Maths

  • Relevant knowledge and experience of pupils with SEN or SEMH/ASD

  • Understanding of the Safeguarding principles and Child Protection procedures

  • Experience of managing a range of approaches to supporting ASC, managing anxiety, and associated conditions

  • Ability to adapt

  • The desire to put the child first and treat them as an individual

  • Be positive and creative in assisting to meet pupils’ individual needs

What’s on offer?

  • Full training and continued support

  • Life assurance and pension

  • Health cash back plan

  • Car lease scheme

  • Bike to work scheme

  • Perk box – discounts off hundreds of high street retailers and restaurants

  • Free parking

For more information on this position please contact [email protected] / 07920 223 415

Successful applicants will be subject to pre-employment safeguarding checks including an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check.

The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Aurora Group is therefore permitted to ask job applicants to declare all convictions and cautions (including those which are “spent” unless they are “protected” under the DBS filtering rules) in order to assess their suitability to work with children.”

The Aurora Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young adults in our care and is a disability confident and equal opportunities employer

Job ID: 2023-3893

External Company URL:

Address Line 1: Cambrian Way, off Eaves Lane

Post End Date: 10/05/2023

Work from home: No

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