One to One Teaching Assistant/BSL Communication Support Worker for 9 year old

Job Details


A unique opportunity has arisen for a committed, patient individual to work 1:1 with a 9 year old boy as part of an ‘Education otherwise than at school’ programme.  The student is bright and articulate, profoundly deaf and uses his cochlear implants very well.  He is autistic with a PDA profile (Pathological Demand Avoidance), has sensory processing difficulties, Irlen Syndrome, dyspraxia and probable dyslexia.   He communicates very well through listening and speaking, but requires access to British sign language to cover times when the listening conditions are too complex and the times he chooses not to wear his cochlear implants.  Due to his dyspraxia the student finds it difficult to use produce BSL himself.

The position is to work with the student on a 1:1 basis as part of an EOTAS; ‘Education otherwise than at school’ programme. The post is for 20 hours per week, 4 of which will be dedicated to planning, preparation, liaison with other professionals, attending training and meetings.  The delivery of the hours will require some flexibility, but would aim to be arranged over 2.5 days.  Flexibility is essential as this will need to be in response to the student’s fluctuating ability to engage and to fit around other parts of his EOTAS programme.  The working hours will typically coincide with school times and term times.

The work will be located in the family home in Heanor, Derbyshire and in the community.  You will be required to use your own transport and support the student to attend activities.  You will need to be comfortable working in a home environment where parent and other siblings will usually be present, as well as looking after the student on a 1:1 basis.  The community activities include music lessons, and various group learning opportunities in the home education community.  You will need to be responsive to the level of support the client needs at all times, as this will also fluctuate.

You will need to plan and facilitate a programme of learning and activities that are individual to the child’s needs and interests around some structured activities that are already in place.  The student loves anything to do with football, including playing football, collecting football cards and learning facts.  He loves reading, playing board games, riding his bike and he has a great sense of humour.  He needs significant downtime and outdoor time so it will be essential to recognise when he needs this and ensure that this it is achieved.

There will be an introductory period that will provide the opportunity for you to gain knowledge of the child and to start to establish a safe, trusting and attuned relationship.  The ability to access the child’s interests and passions and have genuine enthusiasm will be a central component in this process.  The programme of activities and integrated learning opportunities will then need to be introduced gradually, at the student’s pace.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A minimum of 2 year’s experience of the Key Stage 2 curriculum.
  • A minimum of level 2 BSL.
  • Prior experience of working with children with anxiety and other social, emotional and mental health needs.
  • A full driving licence and own car to transport children as part of the duties of your employment (insurance for this will also need to be obtained).
  • The ability to provide a low arousal, low demand approach with a high degree of novelty, flexibility ingenuity and creativity.
  • The ability to provide flexible and calm responses in accordance with the needs of a highly sensitive autistic child with a PDA presentation, ADHD, sensory processing difficulties, dyspraxia, Irlen syndrome, and who is also probably dyslexic and with above average IQ.
  • The willingness to attend and learn from the training provided and to do further reading about the diagnoses and needs of the student, especially in relation to PDA and gain an understanding of this distinct and easily misunderstood Autistic spectrum condition.  This will need to include a willingness and commitment to adapt your approach accordingly.
  • The ability to deliver a learning package that is engaging to a bright student who has excellent spoken language skills, but who needs significant emotional and practical support to start, plan and complete the demands of many tasks.
  • The ability to switch to BSL to deliver information to the student and to offer sign support in out of the house activities as needed.
  • The ability to work closely with parents and professionals to ensure the client’s needs are met. This will include being responsive to advice and new information from other professionals, whilst prioritising the needs and emotional well-being of the child at all times.
  • The ability and skills to incorporate the student’s sensory diet, which includes the need for frequent movement (vestibular input) before, during and after activities (training will be provided).
  • The ability and skills to incorporate a Speech and Language therapy programme, which includes working carefully on social communication without impacting on the student’s anxiety (training will be provided and will be ongoing).
  • Excellent communication and advocacy skills.
  • You will need to be willing to have fun, join in with playing football and other games. You must be very patient, flexible, willing to learn, able to think on your feet and be able to work very well with parents and other professionals.
  • A high level of confidentiality is also expected as you will be working in the student’s home.
  • To prioritise and promote the safeguarding and welfare of the student at all times.
  • A Full and up to date DBS Certificate will be undertaken for the role.
  • Excellent references must be provided and they will be followed up to ensure the suitably of the candidate.

Package and Benefits

You will receive training and support from a Teacher of the Deaf, a specialist Speech and Language Therapist and a specialist Occupational Therapist.  Weekly telephone support from a qualified teacher will also be provided and support from an Educational Psychologist will be provided.

Wages are negotiable and are dependent on skills and experience and negotiations with the students Local Authority are ongoing in relation to this.  Mileage of 45p per mile will be paid.

It is likely that the role will be on a short term contract initially in order to check that the EOTAS programme is working for the student.

Please send CV, salary requirements, references and written details of why you think you have the necessary skills, experience and personality for the role as soon as possible to:  If you have any questions relating to the role please do not hesitate to contact the email address.

Interviews and second interviews will take place as soon as possible.  The start date is flexible and will be as soon as the right person is found and can start.  References will be followed up after the first interview with the candidates consent.

Heanor, Derbyshire
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Flexible but as soon as possible.
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Please send CV, salary requirements, references and written details of why you think you have the necessary skills, experience and personality for the role to:
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Sep 17th, 2019

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