SEND Learning Support / TAs

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Job Type: Supply Teaching
Industry: SEN Support Jobs | SEN
Reference: PE11304737
Salary: £325 - £415 per week
Job Published: 27 days ago
Protocol Education are currently working with an excellent SEND school in Newcastle who are looking for an experienced PMLD Teaching Assistant to join their school as soon as possible. The position will be based within a small class supporting KS3 and KS4 children with severe learning disabilities.

You will be working with children aged between 13-18, each with statements of Special Education Needs. Most of the children you will be working with have very limited communication skills, and some are completely non-verbal. You will be assisting more than one class, supporting several children across the school, rather than working 1:1 with any particular child.

What is PMLD?
PMLD stands for Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. People 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 Epilepsy, Gastrointestinal reflux.
-Recognising when a student is in pain and managing this effectively
-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.

If you have previous experience in a field like this, please apply as we would love to hear from you! Email a cv to katie,