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School Name Ashurst Primary School
School Address New Glade Hill, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA11 9QJ Tel: 01744 678150
Job Title SEMH Learning Assistant Level 3
Job reference APSLAL3SEN
Department Children & Young People Services Department
Grade SCP 7-11 + SEN
Pay From: £17,878.71 To: £19,403.37
Hours 32.5 Term Time only + 5 days
Closing date 16 June 2023 (12pm)
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Job Description
Are you a qualified level 3 teaching assistant motivated to make a difference in children’s lives? Does working with young children with challenging behaviour as a result of social, emotional and mental health needs sound like a career for you? Can you find different and engaging ways to motivate and engage children who are not accessing mainstream education? Then, read on, as we may be able to help you start on a career that you may find rewarding and highly motivating.

Our school will be opening an eight to ten place Primary Age SEMH Resource Provision on after February half term 2023 as part of our new school. This specialised provision will provide a more inclusive offer for pupils with an EHCP at primary age with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs in St Helens - giving them the opportunity, in time, to be educated alongside their peers. This provision will be opening during the same term as the new state of the art school and the provision is being set up within the new school building ensuring and inclusive offer for all children attending.

Our school is looking for a teaching assistant - with a passion for supporting children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs - to work under the guidance of the SEMH Teacher and SENCO in building positive relationships with the children; with the aim of steering them back into mainstream school when they are ready.

We are looking for somebody who has the ability to:
- work with children with SEMH needs and the resultant behavioural difficulties including self-regulation needs, in order to help them overcome the difficulties they are experiencing in their education.
- raise standards of SEMH learners using a range of teaching strategies, in line with the school’s policies and procedures.
- work under the guidance of the SEMH Teacher and SENCO in the planning and implementation of programmes of support for primary aged children with their SEMH concerns.
- Establish the ethos of the SEMH Provision and support the SEMH Teacher to ensure high standards and consistency.
- communicate effectively with staff and parents/carers regarding the learning needs of pupils who have SEMH concerns.

The role will involve working as part of a team, planning and delivering individualised learning on cross-curricular levels (across all primary age groups) – as some pupils will be working at different levels to others. Equally, the focus of the lessons will be to help the pupils to manage behaviour difficulties, social-emotional difficulties and in doing so develop self-regulation skills, social and emotional skills and to facilitate the children’s academic and personal development.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with and effectively supporting pupils who's behaviour can be challenging – and be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of effective positive behaviour management.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Section Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate.

For an application form and further details please go direct to

Application forms should be either returned to the school or submitted online via the St Helens Council Website.

Once shortlisting has taken place, interviews and observations will take on Friday 23rd June 2023.
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Job Application Packs
Learning Assistant Level 3 SLA Person Specification.pdf
Learning Assistant Level 3 SLA Job Description (inc Extended Services) 1.pdf
Note: CVs should not be submitted as a replacement for the online job application form.