Sterling Cross Trading LLP

SEN Teaching Assistant

A North London special education provider is seeking an enthusiastic Teaching Assistant to join the team and help support autistic children and young people with complex SEN to reach their education goals.

As a SEN Teaching Assistant, you will encourage and assist learners as they advance through their own personalised curriculums – specifically tailored to their aspirations, needs and abilities – and gain the skills they need to prepare for an excellent, fulfilling adulthood.

As well as helping with academic and life skill support on-campus, you will help students access a varied range of wider learning and development opportunities in a safe and effective way (and as part of a strong multi-disciplinary team).

This could include:

  • Leisure and social activities, such as swimming.
  • Community-based learning opportunities.
  • Further education and supported employment programmes for older learners.

TA roles are available to support school-aged (3-19 years) or college-aged learners (16-25 years).

Each facility is specially dedicated to autistic learners and class sizes are small; you will work with learners on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis and with the teacher present as well, there will always be considerable support in the classroom.

A full training programme will be provided as part of the induction process, and you will take part in regular CPD sessions to build on your skills.

This is a permanent, full-time position for a SEN Teaching Assistant. You will work Mon-Fri term-time only and be paid across the whole year, with weekends and school holidays off.

Please be aware that successful candidates will start in time for the new school year.


Person specification:

  • (Desirable) Previous employment supporting people who have ASD and SEN - this could be from a mainstream TA background, as a support worker/residential worker or other related roles.
  • (Essential) GCSEs in Maths and English at a minimum of grade C / 4, a Functional Skills qualification, or equivalent experience.
  • (Essential) Willingness to provide personal care as required, as learners may require assistance with their personal needs (training will be provided).
  • (Essential) A playful and open-minded attitude, as learners may have limited verbal communication (training in communication techniques will be provided).
  • (Essential) A good level of resilience, as learners may display behaviours of distress (training in CALM physical intervention will be provided).


Benefits / enhancements include:

  • London Healthy Workplace Charter-awarded employer
  • Pay reviews every September
  • State-of-the-art training programme, informed by industry leaders
  • Further learning and development opportunities, internal and external
  • Employee Assistance Programme for health and wellbeing support
  • Flu and hepatitis vaccinations
  • Staff support network including regular engagement opportunities and drop-in centre
  • Staff social events and recognition schemes
  • Cycle-to-Work and season ticket loans
  • And more!

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