The Autism and Social Communication Team (ASCT) is part of our Specialist Teaching Service (SATS), sitting within our Education and Skills Directorate, supporting the delivery of inclusion in schools for children and young people.
The Inclusion Strategy focuses on providing support and challenge to all school leaders with a significant emphasis on ensuring appropriately inclusive practice in our schools.
The ASCT provides advice and support to schools for individual pupils with autism, social and communication needs to enable schools to provide best inclusive practice for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The team also provides a variety of training to schools (e.g., Understanding and Supporting Autism, Practical Classroom Strategies, Comic Strip Conversations and Developing Self-Regulation etc) The team also provides courses for parents (e.g., Earlybird+ and ASCSURE.)
For more information, please visit our Education, Children and Families page on our WSCC website.
Salary: £28,371 - £31,099 per annum, Term Time Only Pro Rata £23,678 - £25,955
Working Pattern: 37 hours per week, Term Time Only 39 weeks
Contract: Fixed Term (1 Year)
Location: West Sussex (County Wide)
You must be able to travel throughout the county including to locations that are not always accessible by public transport.
Closing Date: 01 December 2022
Interview Date: 06 December 2022
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join WSCC's Autism and Social Communication Team as a Specialist Learning Support Assistant.
The Autism and Social Communication Team work closely with families and schools throughout West Sussex, supporting Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Conditions and Social Communication Disorders. You will support educational, social, and emotional development needs of Children, whilst providing advice and guidance to their families and educational settings.
You will have a sound knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorders and understand effective teaching strategies whilst being an effective communicator to maintain inclusion and confidentiality in all areas of your role. In this role you will liaise with Advisory Teachers, Leaders and Practitioners to ensure positive learning outcomes for Children and Young People.
The Autism and Social Communication Team is looking for someone with strong personal values, emotional resilience, integrity, and awareness of others. Your role will include working with a vast range of customers, where being able to create effective working relationships is crucial.
Please find out more about the role on our attached job description, and how to apply below.
Experience and Skills
- Sound communication and interpersonal skills in order to interact effectively with a range of clients and create effective working relationships.
- Ability to respond sensitively and flexibly to diverse groups of service users whilst maintaining confidentiality.
- Ability to meet set deadlines and to understand when problems need to be referred upwards.
- Ability to work in a customer-focused way, gaining trust of customers and providing a high-quality service with a high level of attention to detail.
- Excellent literacy and numeracy skills in order to maintain financial records and ordering systems, analyse and interpret detailed information including statutory legislation, and provide written material including the preparation of data.
- Ability to demonstrate emotional resilience and respond flexibly to the emotional and practical needs of the customer and any situations which may arise.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- GSCE (or equivalent qualification) in English and Mathematics.
- BTEC or NVQ (or equivalent qualification) in educational support of children - Desirable
- Experience of working in early years settings and/or schools and working with practitioners.
- Experience of working with neurodiverse children - e.g., autism / social communication.
- Experience of delivering a variety of interventions or supportive approaches to ensure inclusive practice.
- Extensive experience of working in schools (ideally different types of schools and different age ranges), supporting children with a variety of SEN needs (e.g., autism, sensory etc).
- Experience of supporting practitioners and parents / carers, and where appropriate directing their work in supporting inclusive practice.
- Experience of multi-agency working - Desirable
Rewards and Benefits
As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do. For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE04154 .