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Sensory Impairment Teaching Assistant

  • Employer: Empower Learning Academy Trust
  • Reference: ELAT/24/281534
Grade 1/2, points 3-5
Bower Park Academy
Closing on 07/06/2024 at 12:00
Enhanced DBS Check
Permanent | Term Time/Part Time
29 hours per week.


Bower Park Academy

Havering Road, Romford, Essex, RM1 4YY

Inspiring Learners, Changing Lives


Sensory Impairment Teaching Assistant

Hours: 29 hours per week, 39 weeks per year

Grade: Grade 1/2 Spinal Points 3 - 5

Salary: £18,161 - £18,710 per annum. FTE: £26,238 - £27,030 (inclusive of Outer London Weighting)

Required as soon as possible 


Inspire and be inspired

Our mission is to ‘inspire learners and change lives’ – and that includes our staff. We want to empower our teams so pupils are ready to be kind, confident and impactful world citizens. To help us, we wish to appoint a Sensory Impairment Teaching Assistant to support our specialist resource base. The role will involve supporting Vision Impaired and Deaf students in both the mainstream and the resource base. The successful candidate will have experience of working with SEN students or have worked with both/either VI and Deaf students and have an enthusiasm to train/develop further skills in these specialisms.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have effective communication
  • Ability to adapt or modify interactions to meet pupil needs
  • Ability to summarise and present information from observations of pupil performance
  • Effective time management, planning and collaboration
  • Ability to provide a structured activity within a group setting
  • Group dynamics and how to apply them
  • Ability to recognise the range and implications of factors that impact pupil behaviour
  • An understanding of the behaviour patterns that might indicate problems such as substance abuse, bullying or child abuse
  • Relevant GCSE, ‘A’ level or graduate qualifications or equivalent
  • BSL Level 1 or a willingness to start the course September 2024
  • Active in wider community inclusion for children with special educational needs and an interest in developing a career in education.

In return, we offer:

  • High quality professional development
  • Supportive and friendly colleagues
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Staff assistance programme including virtual GP appointments, counselling service, legal services
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • Cycle to work scheme


Please forward your completed application to the Lisa Wellard at hr@elatschools.co.uk by 12pm Friday 7th June 2024.

Interviews are scheduled to take place week beginning 10th June 2024.

Please note that the Trust reserves the right to interview prior to the deadline date.

For further information about this role, please contact Ms Moira Meade on mmeade@elatschools.co.uk

The Empower Learning Academy Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer that is committed to safer recruitment. All applicants must be prepared to undergo screening to confirm their suitability to work with children.


Havering Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The protection of our pupils from abuse is the responsibility of all staff within our schools, superseding any other considerations. Therefore Havering Schools comply with the Department for Education ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ guidance.

It is an offence to apply for a post which involves engaging in regulated activity relevant to children if you are barred from doing so. Please be advised that, again in line with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’, shortlisted candidates (who wish to accept an invite to interview) will be required to submit, prior to their interview, a self-declaration of their criminal record or information that would make them unsuitable to work with children. Upon submission of this information, online checks may be carried out.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974; the successful applicant will be expected to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure check. Having a criminal record will not necessarily debar you from obtaining a position with the School.

Equal Opportunities

Havering Schools aim to promote and ensure equality of opportunity and equal treatment for all. We are committed to equal opportunities in employment regardless of gender, marital status, race, colour, nationality (including citizenship), ethnic or national origins, disabilities, age, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, religious or political affiliation and trade union activities. All matters related to employment are decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

How to apply

Please complete and return applications to Lisa Wellard, HR Officer at hr@elatschools.co.uk by 12pm on Friday 7th June 2024.  

Further information on this vacancy

This vacancy is now closed