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Specialist Teaching Assistant - Fern House School (Ref: FH31519)

Apply by: 12 noon Friday 31 May 2019

Interviews: Week commencing 3 June 2019

Salary Scale: Scale 5 (21,018 - £22,980 p.a. inc)

Hours: 36 hours per week / 39 weeks per year

Contract Term: Permanent

Job Start: September 2019

Are you a teaching assistant with a passion for supporting pupils with SEMH needs? Are you nurturing, understanding and resilient? Do you want to feel valued, supported and part of a strong team?

Fern House School is a new special school for pupils aged 7 – 16. We promote and adopt approaches based on attachment theories and neurobiological research to provide our pupils with a supportive framework, which allows them to be heard and understood safely. Our highly adapted curriculum ensures that all pupils can engage in learning and achieve something to feel proud of. We are looking for an enthusiastic, hard-working, Specialist Teaching Assistant who is open to learning a modern approach to understanding pupils with social, emotional, mental health needs. At Fern House School, pupils are engaged with a creative curriculum, taught by trusted teaching staff who are able to be flexible in their approach to meet the needs of the pupils and offer integrated sensory breaks for pupils when required. We have a shared, consistent whole school approach to behaviour management, which is clear, easy-to-follow and fair.

At Fern House School we understand the importance of building meaningful relationships with pupils and families to nurture growth and development of relational milestones such as, building trust and sharing enjoyment. Care and making connections are at the heart of our ethos and we work hard to ensure that all staff feel cared for too.

Staff well-being is a school priority, and we have recently reduced the school day for pupils to ensure that all staff are given dedicated opportunities to reflect and share information with their team. All staff are provided with a complimentary school meal every day to thank them for their hard work and all staff are given access to Perkbox – an app that provides discounts on many high street chains. We also provide our staff with attendance incentives!

We understand how important it is for pupils to have access to modern technology, which is why we provide all pupils with an iPad to enhance learning. We have our very own minibuses, which staff have the opportunity to be trained to drive, or to use them with an additional driver, to access learning opportunities outside of school. We provide quality training and development for all staff and as we are part of the Enfield Learning Trust, we are able to offer significant opportunities for professional development.

Our school will undergo exciting expansion works in the next few years, which will modernize and improve the site. Our location is perfect for commuters from London, Hertfordshire and Essex. Our school is ideal for candidates who travel on public transport (Turkey Street and Enfield Lock are our closest overground stations), or with easy access to the M25, for those who travel by car.

Please visit our website to learn more about Fern House School:

Visits are warmly welcome, please contact Laura Astarita, the Headteacher, via the school office on 01992 761229 to arrange this or for any further information. For an application pack please email our Human Resources office at

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