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    Higher Level Teaching Assistant

    Leicestershire | Compass Schools

    Job Details
    Category: Education
    Posted Today
    About The Role
    Compass Community School Mountfields House is an independent specialist day school providing high-quality, therapeutic and child-centred education to boys and girls from 7 to 17 years of age in Loughborough.

    Our children come from a wide range of backgrounds but all have Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH), and many will also have other Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) such as Autism, ADHD, and communication difficulties. Many will have suffered significant trauma and adverse childhood experiences and may have social care involvement.

    The work we do is both varied and challenging and, as a trauma and attachment informed organisation, all staff are provided with extensive therapeutic training and support.

    Our closely triangulated approach places the child at the centre of decision making, ensuring that education and therapy professionals, parents/carers, local authority teams and, most importantly, our students can work together to secure outstanding outcomes for all.

    The Role

    HLTAs at our school know that no two days are the same and that no two children are the same either. Our children require very special adults who can support children with complex and challenging behaviours.

    They will know that our children require lots of attention, just the right sort of communication, consistency and flexibility in equal measure, and a non-judgemental approach. They need to be resilient, persistent and solution focussed to meet the needs of our children and to do so they need to wear a lot of hats and be prepared to change them at a moment's notice!

    Our HLTAs may be

    supporting teachers in the classroom
    working with children 1:1 or delivering sessions with small groups of students
    managing classroom resources
    taking children on trips and visits
    having their lunch with children who struggle socially
    managing heightened behaviours and keeping children safe
    playing board games
    conducting science experiments
    making amazing displays
    celebrating success
    part of therapy sessions or reflecting on difficult periods

    We want our HLTAs to be part of the decision making that drives our school, provides outcomes for children and advocates for every child. We welcome their input in developing both the academic curriculum and the opportunities in our extra-curricular offer - bringing their own interests and passions to the table.

    Benefits and Rewards

    Staff laptop and mobile phone
    Competitive salary
    Extensive training and professional qualification opportunities
    Small class sizes with specialist TA support
    The chance to be part of an expanding, national organisation that recognises skill, effort and potential and grows its own leadership teams
    Enhanced occupational sickness scheme
    Flexible pension
    Regular therapeutic and supportive supervision
    Employee benefit service with access to wellbeing services, salary sacrifice schemes, high street vouchers, money off eating-out and takeaways


    This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

    The Compass Community values equality and diversity across our workforce and aims to ensure our staff community is reflective of the diversity of the children and young people within our care. In support of this commitment, we welcome applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds.

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