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Knox Academy, Pencaitland Road, Haddington, EH41 4DT
£20,786 - £22,665 per year pro rata
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Term Time Part Time

This position has expired.

Vacancy Information

It is East Lothian Council's policy that successful applicants will be placed on the first point of the salary scale.  The salary advertised is full time (35 hours per week, 52 weeks per year).  Part-time hours / sessional posts will be pro-rated accordingly.

Hourly rate of pay:  £11.39-£12.42
These are  38 week sessional posts i.e. working hours will be during school term time only.

Post 1 - 27 hours 30 minutes per week
Days and hours of work:
Monday- Thursday - 08.30-15.25
Friday - 8.30-12.15
To start April

Post 2 - 15 hours 30 mins per week
Days and hours of work:
Wednesday &  Thursday - 08.30-15.25
Friday - 8.30-12.15
To start  April

You will be asked to indicate which post(s) you would like to be considered for when you complete the application form.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for  enthusiastic and committed Additional Support Needs Auxiliaries (Learning Assistants) to be part of a team at the Communication Provision in East Lothian for secondary aged pupils with autism and communication difficulties who require a highly individualised and adapted approach to teaching and learning. 

The Communication Provision is part of Knox Academy, known as Meadowpark, which is a short walking distance away and will provide places for pupils from across the county. Staff and pupils will be based in a beautiful converted former Victorian building which was formerly home to Haddington Infant School.

The Provision offers pupils and staff extensive facilities including a sensory room, activity room, fully accessible meeting area, staff base, therapy rooms as well as generous outdoor space and ICT support. There is also a fully fitted apartment for pupils to develop independent living skills as they reach the Senior Phase.

The staff team is key to the success of this provision as pupil numbers increase over time to a maximum of almost 40.

The successful candidate will be a member of a new and dynamic team and must be enthusiastic and energetic. Candidates must have the ability to communicate their experience and enthusiasm to engage pupils that have Communication difficulties mostly related to Autism and associated challenging behaviours.   Learning will take place either in the classroom setting or offering continuity for pupils with particular challenges that may involve working 1:1 or with small extracted groups intensely.

Proven experience of working with vulnerable young people, some of who may require personal care is essential, as is the ability to be flexible to deliver alternative curriculum opportunities for pupils, both in and off the school campus. 

A commitment to ongoing professional development is desirable.

Job Details

To provide care and assistance to individuals and small groups of pupils with additional support needs.

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job Attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job.  You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form.  You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The East Lothian Way
The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work.  Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours.  Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.

Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
Good standard of general education
Experience of working with or caring for children with additional support needs

Nursery Only: SSSC registration or agreement to register within 6 months from the date of appointment to this post is essential.

PVG Membership
This post is considered as Regulated Work with vulnerable children and/or protected adults, as specified in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.

All preferred candidates for posts carrying out regulated work with these groups are required to become a PVG Scheme member, or undergo a PVG Scheme update if they are already a member, prior to any formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.

Please note: PVG member’s records are constantly updated with any new vetting information that arises. Any information that is disclosed on a PVG membership or update check, if relevant to the post being applied for, will be discussed with the applicant and investigated prior to any formal offer being made.

Please note:
If you have spent more than 3 months working or living outwith the UK in the last 5 years then you will be required to present a copy of an overseas criminal record check. Details of how to apply and contact details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Additional Information

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East Lothian Council Schools:
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