Special Educational Needs Support Assistant (Portland School & Specialist College)

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Portland School & Specialist College, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 6NS
Level 5 £19,554 to £21,589, pro rata
27 Sep 2021
18 Oct 2021
Contract Type
Part time permanent
Working Pattern
Term time

£19,554 to £21,589, pro rata to £14,968 to £16,889 for term time only

Portland is a successful school meeting the needs of children and young people who experience Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties. As an expending school with increasing pupil numbers, we are looking to appoint Special Educational Needs Support Assistants on each of our school sites.

· Trent Vale – Year 1 through to Year 7 pupils

· Blythe Bridge – Year 7 through to Year 11 pupils

We are looking for dedicated and flexible individuals to join Portland School to support the teaching and learning of children with Social and Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties.

The work of a Special School Support Assistant can vary greatly depending on the individual needs of the pupils you are working with.

You must be able to empathise with children from a wide range of backgrounds and be capable of nurturing positive relationships with and between children.

You must have good communication skills and sound numeracy/literacy skills.

You will be able to function effectively as part of a team and able to make practical use of IT.

You will be willing to pursue training to become better equipped and informed in your role.

A good knowledge and understanding of how children learn, being a positive role model, and having an understanding of the challenges faced by children with recognised difficulties such as Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD and SEMH is important.

Minimum essential requirements:

You must meet the national occupational standards (NOS) in Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 3 and be working at NVQ Level 3 or equivalent.

This is a term time only position for 32.5 hours per week worked over five days.

Salary: Level 5: full time full year £19,554 to £21,589, pro rata to £14,968 to £16,889 for term time only.


Please send completed applications to Helen Smith (hsmith4@portlandschool.net)

Closing Date: Midday on Monday 18th October 2021.

Application forms are available on our website:


Email: Portland@portlandschool.net

Tel. 01782 882020


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