Teaching Assistant with Care Duties
43 weeks a year
We are seeking a number of Teaching Assistants with Care Duties to join our team to work 43 weeks a year; 39 weeks supporting education in our specialist school and college and 4 weeks (20 days/160 hours) working within our registered children’s home care team supporting residential students outside school hours.
You don’t need experience to apply. You do need empathy and compassion, physical and mental resilience and the drive to make a real difference to the lives of our young people.
A Teaching Assistant with Care Duties role at St Joseph’s is very different from a mainstream Teaching Assistant position. During the school week, you will be supporting students, age 5-19, with severe social communication difficulties, complex learning disabilities and often challenging behaviours to access therapy based education. Outside school time, you will be supporting our young people to aspire to independence through the development of life-skills. You will be trained to develop the skills and confidence to help some of society’s most vulnerable individuals to achieve their potential and to prepare them for adult life.
Term time school hours are 36 per week: Monday 08.30-16.00, Tuesday - Thursday 08.30 – 16.15 and Friday 08.30 – 15.45. Care hours are by rota worked during school holidays and over weekends.
If you are unable to work 43 weeks a year but would be interested in this role with a minimum of 40 weeks (to include care hours by rota worked during school holidays and over weekends), it can be discussed.
What are we looking for?
• Literacy and Numeracy Skills: you will need to support the students in their learning and be able to read, understand and complete medication forms, risk assessments and student reports and records.
• Common Sense: you will need work in a team and dynamically risk assess challenging situations to keep yourself and others safe.
• Communication skills: you need to be able to communicate effectively with children, families and professionals.
• Patience: you will need to adapt to the pace of each individual young person and be able to remain calm when faced with anxious, emotional or frustrated behaviours, some of which would be deemed unacceptable elsewhere.
Why St Joseph’s?
• A two year nationally accredited TA qualification with dedicated training
• QCF level 3 diploma in Health & Social Care/Residential Childcare qualification
• *Team Teach positive behaviour support training
• Excellent career progression opportunities in Education, Therapies or Care
• Free hot lunch during term time
• 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 in a semi-rural area on the edge of the Surrey Hills (Own transport is desirable)
Some of our students may need personal care.
The deadline for application is 12 noon on 31st August 2020. We reserve the right to proceed with interviews for any suitable applications received before this date.
St Joseph’s requires all staff to pass training in the positive behaviour management framework, Team Teach. During the Coronavirus Pandemic the physical element of this training cannot be delivered owing to the need for social distancing. This training will be delivered as soon as Government guidance allows. Staff will need to pass the physical element of the training in order to be certified as Team Teach qualified. Staff may commence work on a case by case basis with the theoretical element of the training only at the absolute discretion of St Joseph’s. The physical element of the training will remain a consideration in staff successfully completing probation.