Experience in this field is not essential as you will receive full in house training from a variety of professionals and there will also be ample observation time w ith full staff support. This role does not lead to QTS and can not support part of a current QTS Course.

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  • Are you someone who wants to make a difference?
  • Do you enjoy working with children/ young people or are you looking to move into this field?
  • Or are you new to education and looking to get into the field of SEN and Autism?

Here at the Island Project School, we pride ourselves in the work we carry out to individually cater for our pupils’ needs. Our pupils can range from ages 5 to 19 years old and all have a diagnosis of Autism, with some having other special needs.

Every child or young person here is unique and has the ability to flourish. We, as Specialist Teaching Support and Education Staff, have the privilege to watch them grow and develop, knowing that the energy, care and dedication we put into our work is making a huge difference to each young person’s life. There is no greater life legacy than that of enriching the lives of young people who have complex needs.

No previous experience is necessary: applicants need to show a desire to work in this field, along with a desire to make a difference and support our children. Full bespoke in-house training will be provided by a range of professionals where you will be trained specifically to work with our pupils. After an initial 1-2 week theoretical induction, you will then be trained in a hands-on approach alongside our Specialist Tutors, where you will get to know our pupils.

There will be ample observation time and opportunity to learn before you will be required to work with a pupil on a 1:1 or 2:1 basis (depending on that young person’s needs).

The core purpose of your role would be to support the Unit Head in the day to day delivery of the pupil tailored curriculum and ensuring our Specialist’s programmes and recommendations are carried out utilising good ABA practices and PEC’s (Picture Exchange Communication Systems). Training on both ABA and PEC’s will be provided.

You will need the ability to work well as part of a team and as an individual, as some sessions are carried out in groups but most are on a 1:1 basis. You will also need to work as a team when setting up and tidying away your pupil’s specific area as some pupils have their own individual learning spaces.

Someone who is flexible and creative would be an ideal fit for our school as our style and approach to learning is reactive and mobile, compared to traditional table top learning. You will differentiate your lessons for your pupil, whether that is supporting Geography in the local community or supporting Maths by playing Monopoly. We are pupil lead and teach to intertest which allows that pupil to have better access to learning.

There is also a large focus on Functional Skills and Preparation for Adulthood where lessons will involve cooking, washing, household chores, personal hygiene, using money, accessing community services and much more.

Data collection is key here at The Island Project, where you will be responsible for recording data for your pupil, ensuring that all paperwork is in order, up-to-date and stored appropriately. You will also need to communicate that data to your Unit Head or Behaviour Analyst.

There is also a requirement for you to attend staff training days which fall within term time, as the continued development and training of all our Education Staff is essential in ensuring we provide the best possible practice.


The safeguarding of our pupils is paramount. You will be required to follow all policies and procedures on a daily basis and highlight any problems or issues in relation to pupils, staff, curriculum, health & safety and Policies & Procedures to the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).

Some pupils also require assistance with personal care. This involves toileting, nappy changing and feeding. You do not need experience in this area as full training will be provided.


As part of your training and induction you will be required to complete online training courses and read all our school Policies and Procedures before the end of your first week of employment. This will require you to conduct these in your personal time as you are not permitted to work on the floor if these have not been completed.

We must inform all potential candidates that they will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and will also be required to sign a Self Declaration on spent convictions as part of any job offer.


NB: Due to the schools rural location, please consider whether you would be able to reliably commute to CV7 7HQ before applying as there are no direct public transport links. We are due to move site to B90 4DX within the next 12 months which has direct public transport links.


Monday – Friday
43 weeks of the year (in line with the school calendar – please be aware we run an extended academic year)
9 weeks holiday (including 8 Bank Holidays)
08:00 – 16:00 or 08:30 – 16:30 (agreed with SLT)

  • 9 weeks holiday a year
  • Uniform Provided
  • Free onsite parking
  • 2 Employee Assistance Programme
  • Telephone and Face-to-Face Counselling
  • Same day GP Appointments
  • Physio Therapy Referral
  • Company Pension
  • Staff fun days/teambuilding/games

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