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Totnes St John's C of E Primary School


Specialist Teaching Assistant

to start as soon as possible for the Summer term


32.5 hours per week x 38 weeks (Term Time only)

£10,980 - £12,910

Range (£7.83 - £9.21 per hour Grade B/C dependent on experience)

We are seeking to appoint as soon as possible, a Teaching Assistant to support a child with a range of additional needs including social, emotional and mental health and cognition and learning.


  • We are looking for an enthusiastic, flexible and highly motivated individual to work alongside the class teacher to support the child across all areas of the curriculum.
  • To promote inclusion through the development of social skills, language and emotional well-being.
  • To work under the direction of the class teacher and liaise with other professionals both within and outside the school.
  • You will be expected to show a high degree of initiative and be able to react to given situations with integrity and compassion.
  • Experience of supporting children with social and emotional needs is essential including managing challenging behaviours and the ability to defuse and de-escalate behaviour, whilst supporting the child to reach their learning potential.


You will initially be required to work supporting a child in lower Key Stage 2 but may be asked to support other children with SEMH and SEN.


The position is temporary attached to the individual children.


For further information about the position please see the attached covering letter.


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check is required for this post.


Job Description and person specification - please see below.


The closing date is noon on Monday 16th April 2018.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 25th April 2018


If you have not had a response to your application by the 19th April 2018 please assume that you have been unsuccessful.



Job Description

Specialist Teaching Assistant

To support a child with Complex Needs


You will initially be required to work supporting the child in Lower Key Stage 2. This is a temporary post until the end of the Summer Term.


Your duties will include the following:

  1. Supervise and provide particular support for the pupil, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities.
  2. Assist with the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour Plans and Personal Care programmes.
  3. Establish constructive relationships with the pupil and interact with them according to individual needs.
  4. Encourage the pupil to interact with others and engage in activities led by the teacher.
  5. Set challenging and demanding expectations and promote self-esteem and independence.
  6. Provide feedback to the pupil in relation to progress and achievement under the guidance of the teacher.
  7. Support for Teacher
  8. Use strategies, in liaison with the teacher, to support the pupil to achieve learning goals.
  9. Assist with the planning of learning activities.
  10. Monitor the pupil’s responses to learning activities and accurately record achievement/progress as directed.
  11. Promote good pupil behaviour, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established policy and encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour.
  12. Establish constructive relationships with parents/carers.
  13. Undertake structured and agreed learning activities/teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to the pupil responses.
  14. Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use.
  15. Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.
  16. Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school.
  17. Appreciate and support the role of other professionals.
  18. Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required.
  19. Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required.
  20. Assist with the supervision of pupil at lunchtime/ breaktime when required.
  21. Accompany teaching staff and pupils on visits, trips and out of school activities as required and take responsibility for the pupil under the supervision of the teacher.





Method of Assessment


 Ability to manage a child with a range of additional needs including social, emotional and mental health and to be able to work effectively with them.



°   interview



Experience of working with children with a range of additional needs


Experience of working with children with Global Delay

Demonstrate knowledge at interview

Practical Skills


The ability to undertake structured and agreed learning activities/teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to the pupil responses aa well as working on own initiative.



The ability to contribute to and assist with the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour Plans


°   interview





Ability to develop a positive relationship with the child and family. Provide regular feedback to the child, family and teacher


°   interview

Personal Qualities

A strong personality with an ability to be consistent and firm.



Adaptability and willingness to work in different age groups as the child moves through the school.


°   Interview

Strategic Thinking


 Able to show that they can adapt and work in high pressure situations



Demonstrate knowledge at Interview

Technology / IT Skills


To be able to use equipment such as ipads.


Should be IT literate


Demonstrate knowledge at Interview

Education and Training


Numeracy and literacy skills at least equivalent to level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.

To be willing to undertake further training

Demonstrate knowledge at Interview

Equal Opportunities



First Federation and it’s staff have a Statutory obligation to implement anti-discriminatory and equal opportunities when carrying out their duties


Demonstrate knowledge at Interview



 Able to carry out the duties of the post with reasonable adjustments where necessary


Pre assessment