Teaching assistant - SEND and Complex needs
Do you want to work in SEND Schools for pupils with a diagnosis of Autism, Additional learning Difficulties and Complex Needs?
Do you have the patience, positivity, resilience and empathy to work with pupils one to one and in small groups?
Are you a team player and love working with children with a range of learning abilities?
Then you should apply for this very rewarding opportunity!
Reed Education are looking for Teaching assistants and Learning Support Assistants that have experience in supporting children with complex needs in the Southend area.
We work with a range of schools, all who are dedicated in supporting children with moderate and severe complex needs. These can be anything from profound and multiple learning difficulties to other significant difficulties such as physical disabilities, communication issues, challenging behaviours, sensory impairment or a severe medical condition.
These children need additional support in a lot of aspects of their lives but will absolutely thrive given the right support, behaviour management, stimulus and engagement. Children with complex needs may need support with their behaviours, may need to learn things slowly and repeatedly to gain some new skills, enjoy play, require help with their physical needs, have medical needs and use a variety of communication tools. They are also positive, engaging, love learning and enjoy spending time with you.
Experience isn't necessary but to be successful supporting these children, you must be engaging, proactive, warm and passionate about working with children. It's all about getting stuck in and really wanting to spend time with the students who attend these settings.
- Smaller class sizes (no more than 10 to a class)
- On the job support
- To work on a 1:1 capacity with pupils
- To learn new skills and ways of supporting children with a range of complex needs.
- Training and development opportunities
- Work alongside therapists/councillors.
- Working with a like minded team, who have the well-being of the children at the forefront of their minds at all time.
• Experience/interest of working with children/young people in some capacity
• SEN experience including ASD and Complex Needs is useful.
• Be willing to learn and develop their knowledge and skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Be positive and enjoy a challenge.
- Strong behaviour management skills, resilience and enthusiasm.
- Throw yourself in!
- Great team work skills.
We are looking to hear from you if you are and experienced practitioner, seeking a change of career, would like to gain SEND experience or thinking of a career in teaching, nonetheless, this is a great way of building on your skills and experience in a variety of settings in addition to mainstream schools.