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Class Teaching Assistant for Secondary SEMH Nurture Provision


We have an exciting opportunity available to join our team of Class Teaching Assistants at our small nurture school in Chalfont St Giles for secondary aged pupils with SEMH difficulties.

Our SEMH nurture school, Shortenills, opened in September 2021 on a beautiful woodland site. We take secondary students who have EHCPs for SEMH, and they stay with us until year 11. We believe in taking a nurturing and trauma-informed approach to education and behaviour support, and in making use of our wonderful outdoor environment in our curriculum and our SEMH support and interventions 

The applicant details pack can be downloaded here.

Personal attributes

Our ideal applicant might be from a primary or secondary background. You might have experience in this kind of setting, or you might have worked with children and young people with SEMH difficulties in mainstream and be excited to see what can be achieved in a different kind of setting. You might be used to working across all subjects or specialise in one. We want to find the right people, with the right attitude and personality, and we will train staff to work with our teachers to ensure all students are supported and able to achieve. You will need to be creative and resilient, ready to get stuck into everything, and to pull together as a team to maximise the potential of our provision. You will need to be happy to do whatever it takes to ensure that we meet our aims of ensuring that all children make great progress academically as well as with their social, emotional and/or mental health difficulties. 

Our Teaching Assistants work with the same teacher and class all day. They support the class throughout the day, in their social times as well as during their learning and enrichment. Please download our candidate pack for more information about the role and the type of person we are looking for.  

Salary & Benefits

Actual pay range for 39 Weeks £20,616 - £24,403 Per annum


Nightingales Lane
Chalfont St Giles

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Deadline and how to apply

Deadline for applications 18 February. Please apply as soon as possible.

If you would like any more information, or to arrange a visit or informal conversation with with the Head of School at Shortenills, please contact our HR team on hr@aspireap.org.uk.

To apply for this role, please complete the Aspire application form as well as the recruitment monitoring form, and send them to our HR team hr@aspireap.org.uk .

Aspire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment. The appointment will be subject to an enhanced DBS check as well as a health questionnaire.