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Higher Level Teaching Assistant - St Edmund's

St Edmund's Catholic School

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (Social, Emotional and Mental Difficulties)


Reporting to: SENCO

Hours: 35 Hours

Weeks: 39 Weeks

Salary: Kent Range 6




Planning and Preparation:


  • In liaison with the SENCo identify target pupils using available data.
  • Develop programmes of intervention for students with SEMH.
  • Arrange timetable of intervention and/or classroom support by LTA and also for other TAs allocated to support SEMH.


Pupil Support:


  • Under the direction of the SENCo undertake/supervise assessment of SEMH.
  • Arrange and deliver developmental SEMH intervention programmes to individuals and small groups as appropriate. To include, but not exclusively:
  • Social skills
  • Anger Management
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Self-control/behaviour management
  • Raising Self Esteem
  • Mindfulness
  • Any other
  • Support and monitor colleagues (TAs) in the delivery of SEMH intervention programmes.
  • Assess progress and impact of all interventions and report on these to the SENCo. 
  • Maintain appropriate standards of behaviour in accordance with school policy.
  • Support identified pupils in class with their SEMH needs.
  • Contribute to the implementation and review of IEPs and/or Provision Maps as directed by the SENCo.
  • Undertake additional duties in response to fluctuating demands  and in response to the needs of the wider school community e.g.
  • In-class behaviour/academic support
  • Additional support for pupils who have alternative assessment arrangements (including acting as invigilator, scribe, reader etc. for internal/external exams).
  • Support activities for the wider school community e.g. vaccinations, photographs etc.
  • Student mentoring
  • Administration support
  • Attendance on academic placement/off site provisions and school trips
  • Where necessary, support pupils’ personal care needs e.g. toileting, changing etc.
  • Undertake support activities outside of lesson time e.g. break/lunch time supervision.
  • Any other


Information Management and Communication:


  • Co-ordinate and manage administration pertaining to SEMH support.
  • Monitor the progress and performance of individual pupils and keep records relating to pupils supported.
  • Assess and report on the impact of interventions.
  • Ensure relevant staff are informed of the timetable of interventions as directed by the SENCo.
  • Liaise/ discuss/inform teaching staff regarding specific support which may be given to pupils with SEMH.
  • Liaise with the SENCo on all aspects of needs, support and progress of the pupils.
  • Inform the SENCo about the assessed impact of the interventions.
  • Attend relevant meetings as directed by the SENCo.



To continue own professional development and keep a Personal Professional Development Record, participating fully in training and other learning activities as required or directed.

To actively promote all aspects of the school’s SEND provision in a positive way and work effectively as a team member.

To provide a positive role-model in terms of timekeeping, dress code and work ethos and follow the School’s Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures.

To support the maintenance management of health and safety in accordance with the health and safety policy.

To contribute to the promotion and effective implementation of the school’s SEN, Equality and Diversity Policies.


All employees are expected to be courteous to colleagues and students and to provide a welcoming environment to visitors and telephone callers.


A LTA may be required to undertake any other reasonable tasks as required by Academy Principal/SENCo.


LTAs will be expected to act as a tutor and/or academic mentor.


This job description is current at the date shown, but, in consultation with the postholder, may be changed to reflect or anticipate changes in the job commensurate with the grade and job title.






Higher Level Teaching Assistant (Social, Emotional and Mental Difficulties)







  • A good standard of general education
  • Hold GCSE Maths and English, or equivalent.
  • Recent CPD relating to work as a TA

Specific Skills, Experience and Knowledge

  • Familiarity with policies concerning Health & Safety, SEN and Equal Opportunities
  • ICT skills including experience of Microsoft Office
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Previous experience of working with children and young people, preferably within an educational setting


Personal Qualities

  • Excellent record of punctuality and attendance
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Willing to undertake relevant training to develop performance
  • Ability to relate well to children and adults
  • Ability to encourage pupils to interact with others and be socially responsible
  • Supportive of the School’s Catholic Ethos
  • Desire and potential to progress to further promotion


Closing Date for applications: 29th March 2019

Interview Date:  w/c 1st April  2019

Start Date: May 2019


The application form for this position is available on our website: