Teaching Assistant

Salary:                £17,204 Unqualified / £18,124 Qualified

Location:             Underley Garden, Kirkby Lonsdale

Hours:                  8-4 Monday/Tuesday/Thursday & Friday, 8-5 Wednesday

If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We are looking for Teaching Assistants who have a background in working with children and young people who present with challenging behaviours due to their additional needs. Experience in supporting children and young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties would be ideal for the role and individuals with this experience would be suited to join our team at Underley Garden in Kirkby Lonsdale. 

About the School

The young people who attend Underley Garden all have an EHCP. Underley meets the needs of a range of SEN including; Autism, Learning Difficulties, Mental Health & Medical needs and associated challenging behaviours.

About the Group

We are part of the Acorn Education and Care Group and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Acorn Education and Care provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.

About the Role

Underley Garden seeks an enthusiastic Teaching Assistant who can support and inspire children with Autism, learning difficulties and associated challenging behaviour. Our young people need engaging, creative, practical learning and so teaching assistants need the ability to support in a flexible curriculum structure and fully utilise our facilities to support with personalised programmes.

Teaching Assistants at UG are encouraged to take a creative approach, seeking ways to positively engage with and motivate young people during lessons that promote learning as well as develop independence and life skills.

Working as a teaching assistant at Underley Garden, you will support with a range of subjects, support with the individual needs of our young people to promote personal development, their well-being and above all, offering a range of opportunities to support their social and communication skills. You will support the teaching and learning of the children and young people alongside the class teachers to ensure progress is made on their specific targets. Supporting the development of their social, emotional and mental health is essential and building positive relationships is key to success. Safeguarding the welfare of the young people in our care will be your primary responsibility.

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification for full details regarding this position.


Who we are looking for

We are looking for people with the belief that they can make positive changes.

You will be a resilient, responsible, friendly and an organised person who has a passion for caring and providing an excellent environment to promote the children’s own learning and development.

Essential Criteria

  • Resilience
  • Ability to work successfully with young people with challenging behaviour;
  • A deeply held conviction that every child can achieve and reach their potential;
  • The belief that all children deserve a life of choice and opportunity;
  • Ability to be adaptable in a fast-paced extremely environment;
  • Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all children;
  • Excellent team player;
  • High expectations of others;
  • Ability to work on own initiative;
  • Willing to undertake training.


Why work for us?

A few reasons we think it’s a great place to work:

  • Continuous professional development & training for a clear career path
  • Pension
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Free School Meals whilst on shift
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters”
  • Gym membership
  • School campsite
  • Employee Rewards Hub

Applications are invited online through our Underley Garden website: www.underleygarden.co.uk

Closing date: Sunday 18th October with interviews to be held w/c Monday 19th October 2020

Start date for the role is: As soon as possible.

If you have any further queries regarding how to apply please contact Marie Lawson, Office Manager or for information about the role, contact April Boyd, Head of School.

Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS.

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