Job details

Teaching Assistant

Job reference: 002237

Location: Wingrave

Closing date: 15/07/2022

Salary: £18,525 - £19,525 actual salary

Employment type: Term-time

Are you passionate about transforming the lives of young people with SEN?  Are you looking for a fulfilling career alongside like-minded people?  Come and join the MacIntyre School family.

No two days are the same for a Learning Support Assistant at Macintyre School in Wingrave, whether you are heading out into the community on work experience, developing life skills in the kitchen, making music or getting messy in a sensory play activity. In this role you will be making a real difference in a young person’s life, now and for their future.  Without a doubt, one of the most rewarding parts of this role is that you get to learn from your students every day. Watching them overcome obstacles and work so hard to make progress is one of the most inspiring things in the world.  Each young person is unique and discovering their individual needs, strengths and differences is all part of what makes this school a very special place.

The role:

You will be joining a class of up to 6 students aged 10-19 who have severe learning disabilities and a range of complex needs.  Working in smaller classes and supporting young people 1 to 1 means you can really invest the time getting to know them, learning what it is they really need and being able to offer the right help at the right time.  During your day you will be working closely with the class teacher and the rest of your team to deliver an innovative and challenging curriculum, individually tailored to each student. Although working 1:1 you will have the opportunity to work with and build  strong relationships with all the students in your class.

 This is a term-time only role : 38.5 hours a week (41 weeks per year)

About you

​​​​​​​We are looking for warm, caring, positive and resilient people who will put the children at the centre of everything they do. You don’t have to have experience. If you are inspired by supporting young people with complex needs to achieve and live happy fulfilled lives in a way that makes sense to them, then we would love to hear from you. We provide a comprehensive induction and training package with the opportunity to work alongside experienced team members who will support you on your journey.

Who are we?

MacIntyre School offers an innovative and challenging curriculum individually tailored to provide each student with the best possible learning opportunities and outcomes. It is focused on developing communication, functional skills and independence in context. Learning takes place throughout the waking day whether at school, in the residential houses or out in the community, where we provide an exciting range of off-site learning activities.

Learning activities may include: life skills (e.g. using public transport, shopping, cooking and cleaning), physical exercise (e.g. climbing, swimming, walking, water sports), work experience (e.g. on a farm), community access (e.g. in shops or cafes) or class based activities (e.g. music and dance & creative arts). 

Awarded “Good” at our Ofsted inspection, here are some of the reasons you'll enjoy joining our team:

'Adults never stop wanting the best for the pupils. They see what each pupil might be capable of and work patiently and determinedly towards it. This is a school of aspiration and positivity.'

'Leaders know their school well and have a deep understanding of the complex context.  The strong leadership from senior leaders has already resulted in much success. Staff are extremely proud to work at this school, and rightly so.'

Some things you need to know

  • Students can present with behaviour that is challenging - we'll give you specialist training to help our students manage their behaviour
  • You will need to provide personal care

Training and Development

At Macintyre we fully support your training and development. We know it can be daunting to start a new job, and not everyone learns the same way, so throughout your probation we will provide you with a mixture of eLearning, face-to-face training and mentoring support whilst on the job.

But it doesn't stop there - throughout your career with us you will have access to our own dedicated in house Learning and Development team, Quality Specialists and HR Teams. These teams, along with your Manager, will provide you with opportunities to learn and develop professionally as well as enabling and supporting you to achieve professional qualifications and career progression opportunities - all free of charge.

Pay and Rewards

We provide a range of benefits to reward and thank our Teaching Assistants which includes:

  • 5.6 weeks' annual leave including statutory public holidays
  • Workplace Pension scheme – MacIntyre will contribute 3% of your salary to all eligible employees
  • MacIntyre Staff Savings Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) to support your health and wellbeing
  • Health Cash Plan which provides money back on core health treatments such as: optical, dental, physiotherapy, chiropody (at reduced cost)
  • MacIntyre Sick Pay (qualifying period)
  • Life assurance scheme offering valuable benefits to your dependents
  • MacIntyre Rewards Scheme which recognises and rewards staff
  • MacIntyre Perks which offers up to 6% discount off leading retailers including Tesco, Curry/PC World, Costa and many more
  • Access to the Blue Light Card which offers thousands of amazing discounts online and on the high street for emergency and social care staff.
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate (cost paid by MacIntyre)  

How to apply

If the Teaching Assistant job sounds like the right fit for you, click on the Apply button on the MacIntyre website, complete some brief details and upload your CV.

Alternatively if you would prefer to complete a manual application form, you can either download one from the attachments on our website advert or phone us on 01908 357 016 and we will send an application form to you.

Please note: we reserve the right to close this advert early if we have received a sufficient number of applications, so don't delay, apply today.

Safer Recruitment and Diversity statement

MacIntyre safeguards and promotes the welfare of the children, young people and adults we support. Therefore we work with successful candidates to complete appropriate checks prior to joining.

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COVID-19 Information

During the pandemic we are following Government guidance regarding reducing transmission rates. This means we take every precaution to keep you and everyone involved safe during the recruitment process and your employment with MacIntyre.


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