Teaching Assistant, Special Needs

Bath, Somerset
Salary dependent on experience and qualifications.
09 May 2018
18 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior School Specialist Teaching Assistant for Visual Impairment

18th May 12.00

Bath, Somerset

Education and Teaching – Teaching Assistant, Special Needs


Full time/part time

Salary dependent on experience and qualifications.


Job Title: Specialist Teaching Assistant for Visual Impairment

Reports to: Learning Support Coordinator

Guidance and support: Qualified Teacher of VI

Contract Type: 37 hours a week over 5 days. Term time only, will consider part-time/job share

Job Purpose:

Work with teachers to support the learning, independence, educational progress and inclusion of a Year 7 pupil, joining our school, with a visual impairment.

Give assistance to the visually impaired pupil so that they can access the curriculum, participate in learning, experience a sense of achievement and develop independence in learning and other aspects of school life.

The Job:

Main responsibilities:

Modification and preparation of learning materials when necessary, working in partnership with subject teacher.

Provide direct support for the pupil in class as agreed with the subject teacher and QTVI.

Developing skills in the use Braille.

Adapting resources and teaching materials as necessary to ensure maximum independence.

To be/become familiar with technology used by a visually impaired pupil and checking it is functioning properly.

To develop systems for gathering curriculum materials for modification.

Developing skill in the use of specialist equipment used by the pupil, including software applications.

Support the pupil and staff in the use of technology, encouraging the pupil to use the equipment independently.

To encourage increasing pupil independence and social interaction with peers.

Using praise, assistance and encouragement to motivate the pupil to stay on task.

Supporting the pupil to understand any follow up tasks / homework set by the subject teacher.

Overseeing the pupil’s work in practical activities where safety is a consideration.

Support in a range of curriculum areas including PE, Art, Drama and Music.

Support the teacher by providing constructive feedback on how the pupil has responded to the lesson, discussing any difficulties or extra support needed.

Observe and report on pupil progress.

Attend extracurricular events for example music concerts, clubs etc.

Accompany pupil on school journeys and trips.

Willingness to develop awareness and understanding of the issues associated with visual Impairment.

To work with the Learning Support Coordinator, subject teachers and other specialists in planning and delivering a programme for the pupil.

Liaise with parents and external agencies as required.

To attend Annual Reviews, INSET days and staff meetings (when required).

Reinforce mobility and independence skills under the guidance of the rehabilitation team.

Contribute to the overall ethos, aims and work of the School.


Person specification:

  • GCSE’s in English Maths/Science or equivalent at Grade C or above.
  • Relevant training and experience of working with VI pupils in a classroom (training can be given to the right candidate)
  • Proficiency in Braille would be an advantage but not essential
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Be proficient and confident with the use of ICT in the classroom
  • Ability to use reprographics to modify documents as required
  • Ability to modify classroom resources as required
  • To be able to work closely under the direction of the classroom teacher
  • To be able to use initiative to differentiate tasks to the pupil’s level of understanding
  • Excellent team player with the ability to build relationships at all levels across the School.
  • To be highly organised.
  • To be able to demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • To be adaptable with a good sense of humour.
  • Ability to enable and promote independent learning
  • Be a creative, hardworking lateral thinker


All staff are in a position of trust and have a duty to keep children and young people safe and to protect them from neglect and physical and emotional harm.  This duty is in part exercised through the development of respectful caring and professional relationships between staff, children, and young people. Staff are expected to be familiar with the local child protection arrangements and understand their responsibilities in order to safeguard and protect children and young people.

King Edward’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening including checks with past employers and a DBS disclosure in accordance with the DBS Code of Conduct. All appointments are made subject to satisfactory DBS clearance.   The suitability of all prospective employees or volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment.


SUMMARY -  We are looking to recruit an exceptional Teaching Assistant to support a Y7 pupil with a visual impairment to independently access the curriculum.

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