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Senior Teaching Assistant

required at this Area Special School

for pupils with Learning Difficulties aged 3-19 years

To start 27th August 2019

Salary: Grade 7

37 hours per week, 39 weeks per year


This is an ideal position for someone wishing to work in a school to gain additional experience before following a career in teaching, educational psychology or speech and language therapy.


What we need from you:

  • Ability to plan and lead learning including assessing pupil progress

  • Skills to support in leading a team

  • Resourcefulness

  • Creativity

  • Flexibility

  • Positivity

  • Organisational skills

The successful applicant must be committed to educating children and young people with a wide range of learning needs including those with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties, Moderate Difficulties and those with Autism (who may be functioning at high levels academically). High expectations of what all our pupils can achieve are essential.


At our school, individual differences are recognised and respected but are never seen as a barrier to achievement. By adapting the curriculum and teaching methods we ensure that our pupils have every opportunity to succeed both academically and socially. We also work with young people who have significant challenging behaviour and with those who have severe medical needs, and so candidates need to be prepared to adopt a problem-solving approach to the challenges that those young people bring. As a generic Area Special School we must be able to meet the range of needs within our local area, and to this end, we must be prepared to constantly examine and adapt our practice.


We have a great deal of specialist expertise and experience at our school. Therefore, we are able to offer induction, support and training to newly-appointed staff. What is important to us is commitment to our overall ethos and approach.


We work in multi-skilled teams, so good teamwork is essential. We operate currently across five sites, and all staff are appointed to the school as a whole.


The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and subject to a check being carried out at an Enhanced level by the Disclosure and Barring Service regarding any previous criminal record.


Dorothy Goodman School is seeking to promote the employment of disabled people and will make any adjustments considered reasonable to the above duties under the terms of the Equalities Act 2010 to accommodate a suitable disabled candidate.


Dorothy Goodman School shares a commitment to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.  Our commitment is underpinned by robust processes and procedures that seek to maximise opportunity, minimise risk and continuously promote a culture that embraces the ethos of safeguarding amongst our workforce.

For an Application Pack or further information please contact:-


Anne Hare on 01455 634582 or



Closing Date: Wednesday 31st July 2019 at 5.00pm

Interviews: Wednesday 7th August


Please note that if you haven’t heard by 6th August

please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful