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Post 16 Student Support Assistant

Job Type

Full-time, Permanent (Term Time Contract)


£22,700 - £23,500 (DOE)

About the Role

As a Post 16 Student Support Assistant, you will play a crucial role in supporting pupils with an EHCP for special educational needs, including social and emotional needs.
You will provide individual support to students whilst they attend our local partner post 16 colleges and at times within Yarrow Heights School.
You will be acting as a liaison between the college, student and school to enable them to access their studies effectively. You will be supporting the students in the development of their independence, social and life skills through your daily interactions. For example, you will be supporting and helping them structure their private study and non-directed time, identify any educational intervention needs if they arise and maintaining close communication with the Head of the Post 16 provision.
Your role will also involve promoting high aspirations among all students in our post 16 provision, contributing to a positive ethos within both the school and college environments and representing YHS as a competent professional.
Hours for this position may differ from standard School-based support roles, occasionally requiring late finishes to accommodate later start times (e.g., 8:45 AM - 4:45 PM).


  • Minimum GCSE, or equivalent, grade 4 or above in English and Maths.

  • Experience:

  • Experience working with children with special educational needs, such as autism, SEMH, and ADHD, is preferred.

  • Training in aspects of SEN, i.e., ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism, is advantageous.

    Skills and Knowledge:

  • Valid driver's license required.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal/written communication, and listening skills.

  • High level of self-motivation and the ability to work on own initiative .

  • Ability to work as part of a team and establish good working relationships.

  • Knowledge of child protection and safeguarding procedures.

  • Ability to quickly build effective working relationships with pupils and colleagues.

    Personal Qualities:

  • Excellent attendance record.

  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise effectively.

  • Driven and committed to providing the best experiences for pupils.

  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality.

  • Unprecedented commitment to safeguarding and equality.

  • A commitment to achieving the best for young people regardless of their social background or ability.

  • Integrity, resilience, and optimism in the face of challenges.

  • Ability to deliver a consistent approach with regards to clear concise boundaries.

If you believe you possess the skills, experience, and commitment to excel in this role, we encourage you to apply.

About the Company

Yarrow Heights School is a mixed 7-19, local authority funded, SEN day school for children, most of who are able learners with an EHCP and a diagnosis with ASC and associated needs.
At Yarrow Heights every pupil is valued and treated as an individual and with respect. We are a team with extensive experience and expertise in special education and therapeutic support for pupils whose needs can no longer be met in a mainstream provision. The vision of our school is to nurture aspiration, develop resilience and empower learning. It is centred on our single desire to make a positive, lifelong difference to the lives of our pupils.

Why Choose Yarrow Heights?

At Yarrow Heights, we prioritise a supportive and inclusive environment where both pupils and staff can thrive. Joining our team means:
· Competitive salary based on experience and qualifications.
· A school culture that prioritises pupil and staff well-being.
· Opportunities to learn and grow within an Ofsted Outstanding rated school (Nov 2022).
· Flexible Pension benefits.
· Free lunch and parking.
· Collaboration with a cohesive team dedicated to holistic pupil growth and success.
· Subsidised Gym membership

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