• Full Time
  • Bolton

Website raisetheyouth Raise Education & Wellbeing School

Higher Level Teaching Assistant


35hrs p/w, Term Time (40 weeks including 10 development & training days)


Raise the Youth Foundation, Bolton


£21,000 – £23,000 per annum



Start date

1st September 2021 subject to safeguarding checks

Reporting to

SEMH Teacher

Responsible for

TAs, Learning Mentors and Wellbeing Mentors

Main purpose of the role

Raise the Youth Foundation CIC is a not for profit social enterprise delivering targeted youth, education, training and wellbeing programmes. Raise the Youth Foundation is mindful mental health and trauma informed provider. We run several services including Raise Education and Wellbeing School which specialises in bespoke and tailored trauma informed and attachment aware education services for children and young people with SEMH needs and an alternative education provision for pupils who have been, or are at risk of being permanently excluded from schools. We also deliver several community-based services, including our SOS Connected youth and community programme and adult education.

We have a multi-disciplinary approach with team members from several professional backgrounds, including education, social care, health, substance misuse, criminal justice and youth work.

We are looking to add to our team by appointing a Higher Level Teaching Assistant, who will work closely with the Teachers in all learning environments to secure progress and attainment for all learners.

Applicant must be highly resilient, adaptable, positive and a solution focused person who shares our ethos, cares about children and young people and understands that their challenging behaviour comes from their challenging lives. As a highly committed team player, the successful candidate will have the drive, energy, and passion to help to develop and shape our forward-looking and innovative company. Applicants must be willing to lead by example and play a full part in the organisation’s drive for outstanding practice and all-inclusive ethos.

Raise the Youth Foundation CIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications regardless of race, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, disability or age. All applicants are considered based on their merits and abilities for the job. All posts are subject to enhanced DBS checks. We operate a strict safeguarding policy which is consistently and rigorously applied.

For a full list of main duties, job description and person specification please use the links below.

Download a Job Description / Person Specification by clicking here.

Download an application form by clicking here.

Person Specification

and experience

  • Level 4 HLTA certificate, Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, or other relevant qualification in nursery work or childcare

  • GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or L2 functional skills in English and maths

  • Experience of working with children or young people with SEMH/SEND needs

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a TA L3 or above (preferably as a HLTA)

  • Full driving license, an available car and business insurance

  • Experience of planning and leading teaching and learning activities (under supervision)

Skills and knowledge

  • Good literacy and numeracy skills

  • Good organisational skills

  • Ability to build effective working relationships with learners and adults

  • Skills and expertise in understanding the needs of all learners

  • Knowledge of how to help adapt and deliver support to meet individual needs

  • Knowledge of supporting children or young people with ASD, ADHD or mental health needs

  • Subject and curriculum knowledge relevant to the role, and ability to apply this effectively in supporting teachers and learners

  • Excellent verbal communication skills

  • Active listening skills

  • The ability to remain calm in stressful situations

  • Knowledge of guidance and requirements around safeguarding children

  • Good ICT skills, particularly using ICT to support learning

  • Understanding of roles and responsibilities within the classroom and whole school context

  • Awareness of how to support learners in accessing the curriculum in accordance with the SEND code of practice, including the graduated approach

  • Understanding of de-escalation techniques and how to support children or young people to emotionally regulate

  • Good understanding of effective teaching methods

  • Knowledge of how to successfully lead learning activities for a group or class of learners

  • Knowledge of how statutory and non-statutory frameworks for the school curriculum relate to the age and ability
  • ranges of the learners they support
  • Knowledge of how to support learners in accessing the curriculum in accordance with the SEND code of practice

Personal qualities

  • Enjoyment of working with children and young people

  • Comfortable supporting children and young people with complex needs and challenging behaviours

  • Sensitivity and understanding, to help build good relationships with learners

  • A commitment to getting the best outcomes for all learners and promoting the ethos and values of the school

  • Commitment to maintaining confidentiality at all times

  • Commitment to safeguarding learner’s wellbeing and equality

  • A compassionate and restorative approach to behaviour management

  • Personal resilience to ‘bounce back’ after challenging situations

  • A team player who works collaboratively across the school

To apply for the Higher Level Teaching Assistant position, please read the attached Job Description/Person Specification and complete the application form and email to HR@raisetheyouth.co.uk or by clicking the ‘Apply for job’ button below.

Closing date for applications is 9am on Thursday 5th August 2021.

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