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1:1 Teaching Assistant

Oaklands is an outstanding special school serving the London Borough of Hounslow that provides specialist education to students with severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple difficulties and autism. From September 2018 we have a Primary school (New Oaks), Secondary school (High Oaks) and a specialist independent SEN College provision (Great Oaks). We can cater for students aged from 4 to 25 across the Oaklands group. We believe that all of our students are capable of making outstanding progress and we want to appoint individuals who share our belief.

Oaklands is at an exciting point in its development. In 2018 we relocated to our purpose built new school building (close to Osterley Tube Station and other public transport links) that offers state of the art facilities for our students. In time, the primary and secondary schools will be based on two sites with New Oaks Primary moving back to Woodlands Road once refurbishment is completed.

Due to our rapid and continued expansion, we are looking to appoint a highly experienced Teaching Assistant to work in our secondary school. You will be working with a particular student who is currently in year 11 and requires 1:1 support to help him manage their behaviour to enable them to access learning.

You will have previous experience of working in a special school or similar environment with children with autism and challenging behaviour. You must be competent with using Makaton signing and symbols for communication and essentially have experience of working with students with autism and severe learning disabilities.  Please refer to the person specification for the full skills and abilities needed.

We offer a comprehensive induction and Inset programme for our staff, a pension scheme and employee assistance programme.

Oaklands is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and anyone applying to work at the school is expected to share this commitment. This position is subject to a satisfactory fully enhanced DBS check and references being received. All positions are subject to the satisfactory completion of a 26 working week probation period.

Details of this post are available on the school’s website: 

Visits to the school are welcome. Please contact Rany Kalsi, HR Manager for an appointment on 0208 560 3569 (option 3)

To apply, please complete and email the application form to

Please ensure that you explain clearly in your application how you meet the person specification.

Closing Date:           9am on Monday 1st June 2020

Interview Date:        Thursday 4th June 2020

Start Date:              September 2020. The successful candidate will need to attend a pre-employment induction.

Pay Scale:               Hounslow Pay Scale 5 Point 11 to Point 15                           

Actual Salary:         £18022 to £19356 per annum                

Contract Type:         Term time only for as long as necessary.                  

Hours of work:         31.25 hours per week (8.30am to 3.30pm)

CV’s will not be accepted. No Agencies please.