At Chailey Heritage School we pride ourselves on the skills and knowledge of our teaching assistants, and want to recognise and celebrate their achievements. Over time they really become specialists in their field, and to acknowledge this we have created an exciting new accredited course which commences upon satisfactory completion of probation. We offer a truly specialist type of education and to reflect that, our internal job title for this remarkable group of people is Education Assistant (EA), progressing to Specialist Education Assistant (SEA) once they have gained their SEA Award.
This is a term time only role, working 3 hours per day for five days a week. The hours will be worked flexibly between 10am and 3pm, by agreement with your manager, to meet the needs of the pupils and staff members.
The Education Assistant role is vital in ensuring that all of our young people, no matter what their disability, can go to school to learn, make friends and have fun. It is hard work, and requires commitment, but it's a hugely fulfilling job and can bring real joy.
The role of an Education Assistant (EA)
The Education Assistant job is very different to that in a mainstream school. You will support the teacher in creating opportunities for the children to learn in their own individual ways. You will need to be creative, flexible, patient, and perceptive, as you will need to write down observations for the teacher. However, as well as supporting the teaching, you will be trained by nurses, therapists and senior staff to carry out many other medical procedures.
If you demonstrate a high level of skills at interview and have relevant prior experience, for example, having working on our residential bungalows, or schools with pupils similar to ours, you may be eligible to start your employment with us as a SEA.
The documentation completed to achieve the SEA Award will provide a very high quality record of professional development and be extremely useful for SEAs who may want to progress their careers elsewhere; from time to time our SEAs go on to train as nurses, therapists, paramedics, SaLTs or teachers.
Why join us?
Competitive rates of pay starting at** £10.50 per hour.**
Eligible for our £600 Golden Hello Scheme
Comprehensive benefits package including :
Gym discounts - savings of up to 25% on gym memberships. You can select from 3200 gyms, health clubs, boot camps and yoga studios.
Cycle2Work - savings of at least 32% on a new bike or accessories from Halfords
Mobile phone discounts - average saving of 28% on an EE contract
Appreciation awards - receive Love 2 Shop vouchers at key milestones throughout your career
Chailey Heritage Foundation is committed to the safeguarding and protection of children and young adults. Employment will be subject to the receipt of two satisfactory professional references, an enhanced DBS certificate and occupational health clearance. It is an offence to apply for any job in regulated activity with children and vulnerable adults if you are barred from doing so.
We actively encourage people from a variety of backgrounds with different experiences, skills, and stories to join our staff team and influence and develop our working practice. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and will invite for interview all candidates who meet the role criteria. Chailey Heritage Foundation are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.
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