PMLD teaching assistant -reception

Location: County Durham
Job Type: Supply Teaching
Industry: SEN Support Jobs
Reference: PE11301977
Salary: £65 - £85 per day
Job Published: about 1 month ago
LSA, with PMLD experience
Protocol Education are currently working with an excellent school based in Stanley who are seeking a PMLD specialist to work with a student in reception in September, the student has complex needs and will need someone to support with peg feeding, the child has a personal assistant so no changing will be needed but you will need to be ready to support with this should the need arise. The student has SENd needs and therefore we are only accepting applicants who have experience working with children with complex and profound SENd needs .

The role will be commencing in September and as the student is in reception the role will likely to lead to permanent work. The Head teacher and the parents will be looking to meet with potential candidates over the next coming months.


To be eligible to apply for this position, you must have experience supporting pupils with PMLD (Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties) and with their personal care needs.
Location: Stanley
School time: 8:30am-3:30pm Monday to Friday 5 days per week
Pay rate: Negotiable depending on experience

What is PMLD?
PMLD stands for Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties People with PMLD are amongst the most disabled individuals in the community. Their intelligence quota is of the lower ability and therefore have severely limited understanding. In addition, they have multiple disabilities, which include impairments of vision, hearing and movement as well as other problems such as other problems like epilepsy or autism. Most people in this group are unable to walk unaided and many have complex health needs and require extensive support.

Teaching Assistant support
As a Teaching Assistant, it is imperative that you understand that students with PMLD have the same rights as every other citizen. You will over the course of the academic year help them to engage with their world and achieve their potential.
We are looking for a Teaching Assistant to support students with communication, basic health needs, personal care support (Feeding and Changing), posture and mobility.

Basic Health Needs:
-Supporting them with needs such as feeding
-Recognising when a student is in pain and managing this effectively
Communication:
-Gain information from parents and school
-Use key information located in health action plan
-Use objects or photographs can help them to understand what's happening.
-Allow more time to process what is being said and reduce distractions.
-Understanding facial expressions and body language through non-verbal communication
-Help PMLD students to tell their story using interactive approaches.
-Using different sensory experiences to together to promote shared communication

Eating and Drinking:
-Give choices wherever possible
-Using the right utensils
-Checking the textures
-Adjusting your rhythm and pacing to suit the student.
You will need to be available to start immediately, as well as being able to commit to working full school hours, 5 days per week. You must have a good command of numeracy and literacy, as this is especially important when supporting pupils with limited communication skills.

Ideally, you will have the following experience:

• PMLD: 1 year
• Teaching Assistant: 1 year
• SEND: 1 year
• PECS (any experience desirable)
• Makaton (any experience desirable)