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Specialist Teaching Assistant - Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) - Fern House School ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​(Ref: FH19052021)

Apply by:12 noon Wednesday 19 May 2021

Interviews: Week commencing 24 May 2021

Salary: Scale 5 (21,598 - £23,614 p.a. inc)

Hours: 36 hours per week / 39 weeks per year

Contract Term: Permanent

Job Start: September 2021 or as soon as possible

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 special school for pupils aged 7 – 16 and from September 2021 we are planning to also support pupils in EYFS and KS1.  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 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 and the opportunity to join a cycle to work scheme.

We understand how important it is for pupils to have access to modern technology, which is why we provide all pupils with a Chromebook 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.

In line with recent legislation, applicants must have a command of spoken English that is sufficient to effectively carry out duties of the role.

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

Visits are warmly welcome, please contact Dorina Cunningham, Office Manager on 01992 760860 to arrange a visit or for any further information.

For an application pack please email our HR team:

All Enfield Learning Trust schools are committed to Safeguarding therefore, all employees working at this school must have the ability to work in a way that promotes the safety and wellbeing of our children and young people. All candidates are required to complete the school’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ declaration and will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). For posts in regulated activity, this will include a barred list check.

The Trust and its schools are committed to ensuring that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment or is disadvantaged on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status or race. Our motto is 'be included' and we welcome applications from all sections of society.