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Westbury, Wiltshire
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Up to £21,408
Education

About The Role

Compass Community School Athelstan is an independent specialist school providing high-quality, therapeutic and child-centred education to boys and girls from 7 to 17 years of age in Westbury, Wiltshire.

Our children come from a wide range of backgrounds, but all have Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH). Many will also have other Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) such as Autism, ADHD, and communication difficulties.

The work we do is both varied and challenging and, as a trauma and attachment informed organisation, all staff are provided with extensive therapeutic training and support.

Our closely triangulated approach places the childat the centre of decision making, ensuring that education and therapy professionals, parents/carers, local authority teams and, most importantly, our students can work together to secure outstanding outcomes for all.

 

The Role                                                 

Teaching Assistants at our school know that no two days are the same and that no two children are the same either. Our children require very special adults who can support children with complex and challenging behaviours.

TAs in our schools will understand that our children require lots of attention, just the right sort of communication, consistency and flexibility in equal measure, and a non-judgemental approach. They need to be resilient, persistent and solution focussed to meet the needs of our pupils and to do so they need to wear a lot of hats and be prepared to change them at a moment’s notice!

 

Our Teaching Assistants will

  • Support teaching and learning  
  • Work with children 1:1 or delivering sessions with small groups of students
  • Manage classroom resources
  • Take children on educational trips and visits
  • Have their lunch with children who struggle socially
  • Have a good basic understanding or English and Maths
  • Keep children safe when they are experiencing heightened behaviours with strong behaviour management skills and excellent communication
  • Create, play and teach games to pupils to develop their social skills or further learning
  • Create amazing displays which support teaching and create an exceptional learning environment
  • Celebrate success
  • Participate in therapeutic training sessions or reflecting on difficult periods

Our TAs are highly valued members of our team. We want our TAs to be part of the decision making that drives our school, provides outcomes for children and advocates for every child. We welcome their input in developing both the academic curriculum and the opportunities in our extra-curricular offer – bringing their own interests and passions to the table.

 

Benefits and Rewards

  • Extensive training and professional qualification opportunities.
  • Small class sizes with specialist TA support.
  • The chance to be part of an expanding, national organisation that recognises skill, effort and potential and grows its own leadership teams.
  • Enhanced occupational sickness scheme.
  • Regular therapeutic and supportive supervision.
  • Life assurance scheme.
  • Engagement and retention budgets for every staff member.
  • Cashback for various medical appointments & treatments including optical and dental with MediCash.
  • Win up to £150 per month in our REACH awards.
  • Receive £200 (2 years), £400 (5 years) and £600 (10 years) service awards, plus up to £500 special recognition award for outstanding practice.
  • Salary sacrifice schemes, including childcare vouchers, technology and cycle to work.

 

Safeguarding

Compass Community Schools are highly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff will be expected to hold or be willing to obtain Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau) and undergo due diligence checks on social media use.

All school-based staff have the responsibility for promoting the safeguarding and welfare of children.  All school staff should be aware of the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and work in accordance with this document at all times.

Compass is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. As we continue to grow, we know that we must have the most talented employees with diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and experiences to support our children and young people.

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