36 hours a week, term time only
Educator, Guide, Life Enhancer. As a TA at St Joseph’s, every day is different
A Teaching Assistant role at St Joseph’s is very different to a mainstream school. You will be supporting students, age 5-19, with severe social communication difficulties and complex learning disabilities. With your compassion and guidance, you will help them learn and achieve the greatest possible level of independence relative to their complex needs and help prepare them for life beyond school or college.
No two days are the same. Our classes have between 4 and 10 students. They are grouped by ability and to meet their social needs rather than age. Some class time is structured. Many students follow a personalised timetable. They learn core skills including numeracy, literacy and science as well as life and living skills. Lessons are often 30 minutes long.
You might encourage students while they plant fruit and vegetables in our extensive kitchen garden, support them on an outing to a local sporting activity, be their companion while they take a break to process the world around them or guide them in a classroom to communicate, whether verbally or using signs, symbols or other communication aids, often using a multi-sensory approach.
Supporting our students can sometimes be challenging. They may get frustrated, anxious and emotional and you will need to guide them through it by helping them to manage their feelings and behaviour. You will have the ongoing support of a skilled and dedicated team. Comprehensive training and mentoring includes learning about safeguarding, autism and positive behaviour support. We will equip you with the confidence to support our young people, offer them boundaries and choices and provide safe and effective physical intervention if needed. Some of our students may need personal care.
All of our TAs take part in a twice weekly TA training package that includes theory and practical sessions and leads to a teaching apprentice qualification which has been approved by the CPD standards office.
You don’t need experience. You need empathy and compassion and the drive to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people.
Hours of work each week during term time are Monday 08.30-16.00, Tuesday - Thursday 08.30 – 16.15 and Friday 08.30 – 15.45.
Why St Joseph’s?
• Excellent career progression opportunities
• Free hot meals when on duty
• Weekly training
• Diverse team
• Generous pension scheme
• Free on-site parking
• Comprehensive 5 day induction programme
• Employee assistance service (confidential, professional wellbeing and counselling 24/7 service)
• Local leisure centre discount on gym, swim and fitness classes.
• Based on a beautiful 23 acre site on the edge of the Surrey Hills.