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Teaching Assistant / Lead Education Worker

We are currently recruiting for an experienced Teaching Assistant / Lead Education Worker to join a special independent Care Farm for children aged 9-19 in Maiden Bradley.

You would be supporting and educating young people with emotional behavioural difficulties, complex Learning Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and challenging behaviour.

Salary: £13,000 - £18,500 per year depending on experience.

Hours: 37.5 hours a week - Term Time only (39 weeks of the year)

About the Care Farm:

This is part of a long established, well regarded provision offering a range of children's services and a team that has strong experience and skills working with children who have a variety of care needs including, those that have experienced trauma, learning disability, educational exclusion, high risk behaviours and mental health issues.

Outdoor learning isn't a subject or a topic, it's a way of teaching.

The Care Farm offers ‘hands-on' learning and accreditation opportunities for children that are struggling to achieve and enjoy in a more formal education setting.

The Care Farm environment successfully re-engages children with their learning, shows their capabilities and importantly changes their relationship with their own learning from one of failure to one of success.

They strongly believe that all their young people should be given opportunities to achieve nationally recognised awards, accreditation and qualification through their work and experiences and work on the farm.

As working farms, our activities are diverse and offer a range of services and opportunities including:

  • Equine assisted learning and horse management.

  • Animal care.

  • Horticulture learning and therapy.

  • Cooking and understanding healthy living.

  • Accredited learning programmes.

  • Specific and day projects including bush craft, lambing, falconry and nature arts and crafts.

The Role and Responsibilities:

  • To participate with other colleagues in the development of appropriate syllabuses, materials, schemes of work and session plans, which should engage, stimulate and challenge students of all abilities, and should cater for all learning styles.

  • To ensure that all sessions are planned, prepared and delivered with clear differentiation to cater for students of all abilities and backgrounds whilst ensuring individual student progress.

  • To take responsibility for particular aspects of the subject(s) in consultation with the Head.

  • Be accountable for student's attainment, progress and outcomes.

  • Communicate effectively with parents with regard to pupils' achievements and well-being.

  • To adhere to the policies and procedures of the Farm.

  • To share in the corporate responsibility for the development and well-being of all students.

  • Make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of the Farm.

  • Demonstrate consistently the positive attitudes, values and behaviour which are expected within the Farm community based on mutual respect between students and staff.

Experience Required:

  • Degree or appropriate qualification in relevant subject area.

  • A proven track record of developing young people with SEN.

  • Experience in working outdoors and with challenging behaviour.

  • To aspire to be an outstanding classroom practitioner.

  • Strong current subject knowledge.

  • A positive disposition.

  • A willingness to develop.

  • Excellent ICT skills.

  • An effective communicator with exceptional interpersonal skill.

  • Proven successful experience of working with children in an educational setting.

  • Experience of working with autistic children.

  • Have an understanding of the importance of lesson planning, IEPs and learning objectives to contribute to learning.

  • Knowledge and understanding of the importance of the school's Health and Safety policy.

  • Understanding of and commitment to work within the scope of the school's equal opportunities policy.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work as part of a team.

  • Able to communicate effectively with a range of people.

  • Excellent listening skills.

  • Well organised and practical.

  • Ability to diffuse conflict.

  • Adaptable and flexible.

  • Calm under pressure.

  • Able to form and maintain a range of Teaching and Learning strategies.

  • Able to form and maintain appropriate professional relationships and boundaries with children and parents.

  • Able to organise and deliver classroom activities.

  • Able to implement a range of Teaching and Learning strategies.

  • Able to deal with sensitive information in a confidential manner.


  • PGCE or equivalent is desirable.

  • A good level of English and Maths.

  • A Childcare qualification would be desirable.

  • Level 3 Award in supporting teaching and learning in schools.

  • Level 3 Certificate in supporting teaching and learning in schools.

  • Level 3 Certificate in cover supervision of students in schools.

  • Level 3 Diploma in specialist support for teaching and learning in schools.

  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant (TA4 / HLTA).

Additional needs:

  • Full manual driving licence.