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Job Summary for Level 2 SEN Teaching Assistant

Directorate: Childrens Services, Wren’s Nest Primary School 
Salary: 4,534 - 4,859  (Scale 2 pt 11-13) 
Job Summary: (13.75 hours weekly, 39 weeks per annum) – Required from 1st September 2008 - 31st August 2009.

It could be you...... if you are caring, kind, calm and consistent and have the special skills, interest and passion to support a Y1 boy with Special Education Needs for 5 afternoons a week.

We are seeking to appoint an Early Years/KS1 practitioner, looking to make a real difference to the educational outcomes of a very special little boy. If you think this could be you and you are looking for the opportunity to work within an established multidisciplinary team in a mainstream primary school please read on......

Closing date: 12 noon on 15 August 2008. 
Closing Date: 15/8/2008 
Vacancy ID: n/a 
For an informal discussion please contact: Mrs Elaine Pugh on 01384 818515 or epugh@wrens-nest.dudley.gov.uk 
Additional Information:  
Application Form: If you do not wish to apply online please use the below contact details to request an application form in the post.

Wren’s Nest Primary School , Foxglove Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 3NQ.
01384 818515

Job Description for Level 2 SEN Teaching Assistant

Reports to: Class Teacher and/or SENCO 
Responsible for: To provide 1:1 learning and behaviour support for a Year 1 boy diagnosed with ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome under the guidance of the class teacher and SENCO. To support the development of his social, emotional and behavioural skills to enable independent access to a broad and balanced curriculum.  
Main Purpose: Level 2 staff provide specific support and work under the supervision and guidance of a classroom teacher and/or the SENCO. 
Main Activities: Support a little boy with Asperger’s Syndrome/ADHD during the afternoon session 5 days a week.
Deliver components of the pupil’s IEP under the direction of the SENCO.
Supervise the activities of individuals or groups of children (normally up to 6) within the classroom.
Actively promote positive behaviour management in line with the school’s ethos and behaviour policy.
Liaise with the SENCO Parents, teachers and outside agencies
Inspire pupils interests and motivation
To be aware of pupil’s needs, achievements, progress and report to the teacher and SENCO as agreed.
Establish a positive relationship with pupils and interact with them according to their individual needs.
Provide feedback to pupils in relation to their personal progress and achievement.

Provide support for learning activities by making a contribution to supporting a teacher in the planning and evaluation of learning activities and supporting the delivery of learning activities
Making a contribution to organising effective learning environments and maintaining appropriate records
Undertake routine marking in line with school policy
Work with parents to enhance pupils learning
Monitor pupils responses to learning activities and record achievement/progress as directed.
Provide regular feedback to teachers on pupil achievement, progress and needs.
Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop pupils competence and independence in its use.
Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, equal opportunities, health and safety, security, confidentiality and data protection. Reporting all concerns to the appropriate person.
Contribute to the overall ethos /work/aims of the school.
Participate in training, other learning activities and performance development as required.
Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required.
All staff in school will be expected to accept reasonable flexibility in working arrangements and the allocation of duties in pursuance of raising pupil achievement. Any changes will take account of salary/ status/hours and will be subject to discussion, in accordance with the guidance note on contractual changes.

Special Conditions: The salary reflects the fact that the post holder will be required to work 13.75 hours term time only 
Car Allowance: None 

Person Specification for Level 2 SEN Teaching Assistant

Experience: The successful candidate will have:
 Experience of working with children from KS1 in a classroom environment
 Experience of positive behaviour management strategies in an educational setting
 Experience of supporting the learning of a young child
Qualifications or Training: The successful candidate will have:
 NVQ Level 2 or equivalent
 Awareness of the needs and support strategies required to support a young child with a dual diagnosis for ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome

Practical Skills: The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate that they can:
 Deliver consistent, effective and motivating support in the classroom and on the playground
 Adapt lesson plans and resources to meet individual needs
 Act on own initiative
 Follow an IEP
 Record progress in line with SEN Policy at Wren’s Nest
 Maintain home school diary, visual timetable and behaviour management records.
 Liaise with parents on a daily basis initially
Personal Qualities & Attributes: The successful candidate must have:
 A clear speaking voice
 A sense of humour
 The ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
 A passion for supporting children with SEN
 Patience

The successful candidate must be able to :
 Smile when things don’t go quite according to plan
 Form effective, positive and supportive relationships with children, staff and parents and outside agencies
 Engage with and motivate children to enable them to achieve their potential
 Provide objective and accurate feedback to the class teacher and Pupil and Family Support Co-ordinator to support the evaluation and review process
 Maintain effective and accurate written records
 Think on their feet

The successful candidate must be:
 Calm and patient with children
 Flexible and creative in their thinking and practical work
 Willing to constantly improve their own practice/knowledge through self-evaluation and learning from others
 Motivated
 Emotionally literate
 A Dream Maker!