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Teaching Assistant - SEMH Support

33.5 hours per week, 39 weeks per year

Monday—Friday 8.30am—3.30pm (4.30pm finish one day a week)

SS (3—6) £14,391—£15,271 Actual (£18,562—£19,698 FTE)

The Duston School is looking for a highly motivated Teaching Assistant to work under the instruction/direction of the SENCO/teaching staff to support the delivery of quality learning and teaching of pupils with special educational needs.

The successful candidate will work with children and young people who have a range of significant needs associated with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, to include ADD, Attachment disorder and anxiety. He/she will undertake specified work with individuals, groups under the direction and supervision of the SENCO and PIC manager and  encourage the participation of pupils in the social and academic processes of the school, enabling pupils to become more independent learners. The successful candidate will undertake work/care/support programmes to enable access to learning for pupils and assist the teacher in the management of pupils and the classroom.

The school currently has 6  students across keys stages with Educational, Health and Care Plans (EHCP).  Teaching assistants are employed to work both in the classroom and at times 1:1 with these children in a range of lessons.  The hours are based on the school day contracted from 8.30 to 3.30pm daily (4.30pm on one day per week). The type of assistance required is based around in class support allowing full access to a full mainstream curriculum.

Detailed information is provided at the beginning on each term regarding students’ needs and changes to the support timetable.


The school offers competitive working conditions and packages, including:

• Future progression resides at the heart of the school’s ethos

• Personalised and bespoke CPD is offered to all staff

• Opportunities to attend external CPD courses and visiting other schools are positively encouraged

• An enhanced induction programme to support all new staff to the school, with a bespoke package of support for ECT’s.

• Westfield Health - Private Health Plan for permanent, salaried employees

• On-site car parking

• A laptop

• On-site Before & After School Club for Primary Phase pupils available *

• A detailed Workload Charters, which sets out the school’s commitment to support all staff with their workload

• No emails are sent at weekends nor holidays, we respect as a school the need to rest

• Co-planning is a guiding principle upon which our curriculum is built, with the use of workbooks and knowledge organisers across the school

• On-site restaurant for staff to use on a daily basis

• The lion share of directed meeting time is handed to staff to work on the curriculum

• Two faculty away days

• 4 traded days (which includes one day off to thank staff for the extra miles that they go)

• A priority place for staff children at the school

• Face-to-face meetings for all staff with the Principal to discuss your wellbeing, professional development and career aspirations

• Membership of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme for teaching staff

• Membership of the LGPS Pension Scheme for nonteaching staff

For support staff

• Generous Holiday entitlement, including bank holidays (or pro-rata of) which increases with service

• Non-contractual discretionary days leave for school shutdown over Christmas

* Fees apply

Candidates are welcome to visit the school prior to application


Please complete an application form (we do not accept a CV alone) along with a letter of application to the Principal. Please email the application form and letter to:

If you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have been  unsuccessful on this occasion. 

The Duston School is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow  safer recruitment practice and all appointments are subject to satisfactory DBS checks. In addition references will be requested for short listed applicants prior to interview and will form part of the interview process.

Please apply here if you are interested in this role