Crosby High School is a 146 place 11-16 school for pupils with moderate learning difficulties/complex learning difficulties and physical disabilities. We are seeking to appoint a dedicated and committed teaching assistant (level 2) with a proven record of academic support for children as well as an ability to offer quality care and support to children. Experience of primary practice and / or working with pupils with Special Educational Needs is desirable.
We are looking to appoint a teaching assistant with strong communication skills who recognise that the role of the TA is strongly linked to removing barriers for learning for our pupils. We are looking for a teaching assistant who demonstrate a deep passion in relation to the education of pupils with Special Educational Needs as the focus of the school is firmly set on providing the very best education for every pupil.
The post is very specific as we require a teaching assistant to support a Year 10 boy who has learning, physical and medical disabilities. This pupil has Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy with total body involvement: subluxed right hip; oro-motor difficulties (problems with swallowing); communication difficulties but intact cognition. His condition affects his whole physical development including posture, movement and speech so he is dependent on adult support to access all aspects of the curriculum as well as interpreting his wants and needs both academically and socially. He is unable to record any work due to his physical limitations and is reliant on those working with him to do this for him. The successful candidate will also be required to help create resources that enable him to access the lesson as well as developing communication links through the use of his PODD (Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display) book. This is a process of selecting and organising symbols so that people with complex communication needs and their communication partners can communicate more easily. The successful candidate will be employed specifically for this individual pupil and will work very closely with another TA who has been working with this pupil for many years; together you will support all his needs. A proportion of the support will involve lifting and handling as well as personal care, toileting and feeding. Training will be provided prior to commencement of the post. The post is a 3 day (19.50 hours per week, Mon,Tues,Wed) fixed term post as part of a job share. The post is fixed term until August 31st 2020. The post is reviewed on an annual basis and is linked to the child. The post will commence as soon as possible.
We can offer:
- A welcoming and supportive school community based on a strong ethos where everyone is valued.
- Highly motivated, enthusiastic and eager learners who participate fully in all aspects of school life.
- A dedicated and hard-working staff team who are committed to continuous school development to improve outcomes for children and their families.
- An exciting opportunity to work with children with Special Education Needs