- Location: Knox Academy, Pencaitland Road, Haddington, EH41 4DT
- Rate: £10.63 - £11.63 per hour
- Contract Type: Permanent
- Position Type: Term Time Part Time
- Hours: 27.5 hours per week
It is East Lothian Council's policy that successful applicants will be placed on the first point of the salary scale
Salary: £19399 - £21224 per annum pro rata (£10.63 - £11.63 per hour)
Permanent part time position
27.5 hours per week, term time (38 weeks per year)
Mon-Thur 08.30 - 15.25, Fri 08.30 - 12.15
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This is a unique and exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed Additional Support Needs Auxiliary (Learning Assistant) to be part of a team at the new 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 new provision as pupil numbers increase over time to a maximum of 30.
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.
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 'Related Documents') 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 reach the interview stage. In cases where the majority of applicants meet all the essential criteria, the desirable criteria will be used to form a final short-leet.
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.
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.
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