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Grade G. (£24,799 - £26,999) + SSA (£1,289) Pro rata to Term Time Only. Fixed Term to 30 April 2021.
The Primary Behaviour Support Team, part of the Education Support Service is seeking to appoint a Teaching Assistant to its established team.
To complement the professional work of teachers you will take responsibility for agreed learning activities under an agreed system of supervision providing support in addressing the needs of children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. This may involve assisting the Specialist Teacher for Behaviour in planning, preparing and delivering learning activities for individuals/groups and monitoring pupils and assessing, recording and reporting on pupils' achievement, progress and development. Under the direction and guidance of the Specialist Teacher for Behaviour you will be responsible for the management and development of social, emotional and mental health development within the school/settings.
Working across a number of mainstream primary schools, under guidance of the team leader you will work with identified children and young people in order to help overcome barriers to learning as a result of their social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
You will work in collaboration with the Specialist Teacher for Behaviour in developing and implementing specialist Learning Plans and in planning and delivering learning activities to children and young people, differentiating and modifying specialist activities and strategies according to children or young people's responses/needs.
You will inform, develop and enhance the practice of school and setting support staff, in relation to meeting the behaviour, social, emotional and mental health needs to secure effective learning.
You will organise and manage appropriate learning environment, strategies and resources in order to support effective access to learning as well as establish productive working relationships with children and young people in order to challenge and motivate them, promote and reinforce self-esteem, act as a role model and set high expectations.
You will support children and young people, in or out of the classroom, in order to achieve learning plan targets. This could be through one to one, as a group, or in-class intervention.
You will provide feedback (verbal/written or both) to children and young people in relation to their progress, achievement, and behaviour.
You will maintain effective internal and external relationships in order to assist in the co-ordination of the requirements of children and young people with, social, emotional and mental health needs and their families as well as work within a multi-agency framework to support inclusion and access in accordance with the relevant legislation, guidance and local policies.
You will maintain all records required by schools, settings and Primary Behaviour Support in order to enable monitoring of quality, delivery and outcomes.
You will select and prepare ICT and resources to support access to learning activities that meet children and young people's individual needs as well as monitor and advise on the appropriate use of specialist social, emotional and mental health strategies.
You will make a positive contribution towards improving behaviour as well as engage with the annual review process for individual children and young people in order to report on progress and inform future targets.
You will assist in the delivery of training and development opportunities.
You will support the role of parents in children and young people's learning and contribute to meetings with parents in order to provide constructive feedback on progress/achievement.
You will undertake continuous professional development, in order to build individual and team flexibility to respond to service demand.
You will undertake training relevant to the role as well as adhere to the policies and overall ethos of each school and setting worked in.
You will understand, attend appropriate training and operate in accordance with safeguarding and child protection requirements.
You will conduct, as required, any other tasks deemed appropriate to the post as well as attend and contribute to team and whole service meetings as required.
Finally you will undertake any other duties commensurate with the grade of post as directed by the Head of Service.
It is essential that you have an understanding of the impact of social, emotional and mental health issues upon aspects of learning and language development and across the curriculum, have a good understanding of the principles of child development and learning processes and barriers to learning and issues relating to pupils with SEMH. You will have knowledge and understanding of a range of strategies and approaches to managing and helping children with social, emotional and mental health issues as well as a good understanding of the principles of child development, learning processes and barriers to learning.
You will have a working knowledge of national/early year's curriculum and other learning programmes and strategies including Transition to Secondary. You will have an effective use of ICT to support learning - computer, video, photocopier and electronic record keeping as well as excellent Literacy and communication skills; you will be able to write comprehensive and detailed reports, notes and plans and communicate well orally.
You will meet the Higher Level Teaching Assistants Standards or equivalent qualification or be willing to work towards at HLTA qualification, have training in relevant specialist skills and have a current full driving license and access to a car or means to mobility support.
You will have experience of working with children with social, emotional and mental health needs of relevant age supporting their access and inclusion as well as experience of devising/planning and delivering successful 1:1 and group activities specifically to help primary aged children in areas of behavioural, social, emotional and mental health issues.
You will have experience of successfully working independently and as part of a team in relevant areas.
You will have experience of using de-escalation strategies with Primary aged children with social, emotional and mental health issues.
If successful you will have to apply for an enhanced Disclosure.
Online applications only at www.gateshead.gov.uk