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Higher Level Teaching Assistant – Social Communication Department Lead at Shepherdswell Academy

Contract: Permanent

Hours of Work: 38.25hrs a week 39 weeks a year

Salary Range FTE: SCP 8-12 (£19,945-21,589 per annum)

Salary Range Pro Rata: £14,958-£16,191 (with additional salary for lead responsibilities)

Start Date: 1st September 2020

At Shepherdswell we believe that children are at the heart of everything that we do.

We are looking to appoint a motivated and hardworking HLTA to lead our Social Communications Department of 6 children. Enthusiasm and the ability to be flexible, reliable and resilient are essential, as is genuine empathy with children.  You will be responsible for the day to day running of the department, as well as planning, overseeing the learning taking place and assessment with the support of the SENCO and Headteacher.

The hours of work will be 8:15am-4:30pm, five days a week for term time only plus training days.

Essential for this position:

  • Experience of planning and overseeing teaching and learning of a group of children and staff
  • Understanding of assessment of children with complex ASD, and how to ensure progress in sustained and accelerated
  • Experience in SEND
  • NVQ Level 4 or equivalent relating to teaching and learning or SEND/Autism
  • Experience of and passion for working with children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • An understanding of the principles of TEACCH and how these can be applied to support children with ASD

Desirable for this position:

  • Experience of SALT intervention and a clear understanding of how high quality SALT provision promotes personal and academic progress
  • TEACCH qualification
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Team Teach or equivalent current positive handling training
  • An understanding of the EYFS framework and the AET Progression Framework

Why work for Shepherdswell

Friendly colleagues who are always happy to help each other.

All staff are proud to be part of the school and feel supported by the open door policy of Senior Leadership who genuinely want to see you succeed and thrive

Excellent opportunities for ongoing professional development with cross trust support and training catered to support your individual career.

Staff wellbeing is at the forefront of the school’s priorities. Happy staff make a happy school

East Midlands Academy Trust is committed to professional development for all staff, regardless of role. We have an innovative staff development programme which truly empowers staff to take control of their own professional development. Regardless of what point you are at in your career and whatever your aspirations may be, we can support you to achieve them. The wellbeing of our staff is incredibly important to us and is placed at the centre of all we do. Through our Staff Wellbeing Programme we ensure staff benefit from all that our supportive school community has to offer, empowering everyone to deliver nothing short of the best for the young people they serve.

Choosing the right new school to work in is as important to you as choosing the right new staff is for us. Please download an application form below and email the completed form to or call Lorna Stockwell on 07500 559281.

The closing date for all applications is midday on Friday 7th August. Interviews will be virtual. Shortlisted candidates will be informed of the arrangements by email and telephone. 

EMAT reserve the right to withdraw this advert, interview and appoint prior to the closing date, should we find a suitable candidate.

East Midlands Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to complete a DBS form in line with Section 115 of the Police Act 1997.


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