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Complex Needs Care Assistant / SEN Teaching Assistant

Job Description

About Us:

Dunbar Education Recruitment Agency is dedicated to providing exceptional educational support by connecting passionate professionals with schools and institutions. We pride ourselves on our commitment to enhancing the educational journey and overall well-being of students with special educational needs (SEN).

The Role:

We are seeking a dedicated and compassionate Complex Needs Care Assistant / SEN Teaching Assistant to join our team. The successful candidate will work closely with pupils who have a diverse range of needs, including:

  • Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Non-verbal communication needs

This role is pivotal in providing tailored support to facilitate their educational journey and enhance their overall well-being. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Personal Care: Assisting pupils with personal care tasks, ensuring their comfort and dignity at all times.
  • Individual Support: Implementing individualised learning and care plans, tailored to each pupil's specific needs and abilities.
  • Communication Support: Supporting non-verbal communication methods, such as using sign language, communication boards, and other assistive technologies.
  • Classroom Assistance: Working closely with teachers to support pupils in classroom activities, ensuring they can engage and participate fully.
  • Behavioural Support: Managing and supporting positive behaviour in line with school policies, creating a safe and nurturing environment.
  • Social Development: Encouraging and enabling pupils to engage in social interactions and develop interpersonal skills.
  • Collaboration: Collaborating with teachers, therapists, and other support staff to create an inclusive and effective learning environment.
  • Monitoring Progress: Observing and recording pupils' progress, providing feedback to teachers and parents, and adjusting support strategies as needed.
  • Safety and Well-being: Ensuring the safety and well-being of pupils at all times, adhering to safeguarding policies and procedures.


  • DBS: Must have an active DBS on the update service
  • Experience: Minimum of 6 months experience working with SEN pupils
  • Availability: Full-time, term-time only
  • Skills: Patience, empathy, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team


  • Supportive team environment
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Chance to make a meaningful impact on the lives of children with complex needs

How to Apply:

If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children with special educational needs and meet the above requirements, we would love to hear from you. Please send your CV and a cover letter detailing your experience and suitability for the role.

Dunbar Education is committed to the highest standards of safeguarding to ensure the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, to share this commitment. To adhere with safer recruitment procedures and guidelines, all registrations will be required to fill out our application form in, to receive work. This will be subject to pre-employment checks including an enhanced DBS disclosure and satisfactory references. Dunbar Education is an equal opportunities employer and recognises the value of and seeks to achieve a diverse workforce in schools. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. Dunbar Education is a member of ASPCo compliance plus, for more information please refer to our recruitment & selection policy statement.

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