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SEMH Teaching Assistant

Job Description

Dunbar Education Recruitment Agency is on the lookout for a dedicated SEN Teaching Assistant to join an exceptional school located in the heart of Hertford! If you're passionate about making a difference in the lives of students with Special Educational Needs (SEN), particularly those with Social, Emotional, and Mental Health (SEMH) challenges, this role is tailor-made for you.

Position: SEMH Teaching Assistant

Location: Hertford

Hours: Full-time or flexible hours (for the right candidate)

Key Requirements:

  • Experience: Minimum of 6 months experience in SEN environments, with a focus on supporting students with SEMH needs.
  • Passion: A genuine passion for working in an SEMH (Social, Emotional, and Mental Health) setting, where you'll play a crucial role in providing tailored support to students facing various challenges.
  • Preferred Experience: Primary school experience would be a plus.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are essential for building strong relationships with both students and colleagues, particularly in managing challenging behavior.


  • Provide one-on-one support to students with SEMH needs, assisting them in overcoming obstacles and achieving their full potential.
  • Implement individualised education plans (IEPs) and behavior management strategies to support students in managing their emotions and behaviors effectively.
  • Foster a positive and inclusive learning environment where every student feels valued, respected, and supported.
  • Collaborate closely with teachers, SENCOs, and other staff members to ensure the holistic development and wellbeing of students with SEMH needs.
  • Respond proactively to incidents of challenging behavior, using de-escalation techniques and appropriate interventions to promote a safe and supportive learning environment.

Why Join Us?

  • Supportive Environment: You'll be part of a nurturing and supportive school community dedicated to the holistic development of every student, with ample opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Rewarding Work: Experience the joy of making a positive impact on the lives of children with SEMH needs, helping them overcome challenges and reach their full potential.
  • Career Progression: Opportunities for continuous professional development and career advancement within our dynamic and forward-thinking organisation.

If you're ready to embark on a fulfilling journey in the field of Special Educational Needs, with a focus on supporting students with SEMH needs and challenging behavior, we want to hear from you! Apply now to become a valued member of our team at Dunbar Education Recruitment Agency.

To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter detailing your experience and passion for working in SEN environments, particularly with a focus on SEMH support and managing challenging behaviour.

Dunbar Education Recruitment Agency is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates.

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