Job Details

Position           Teaching Assistant

Location:          Upton Grange, Slough

Salary:              £18,589.24

Hours:              38.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday Between 8:30am and 5.00pm

Contract:          Permanent


If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We’re looking for a Teaching Assistant to join our team at Upton Grange School in Slough. Someone who is motivated by helping others, patient and resilient would be perfect for this role.

About the Group:

Options Autism is part of the Outcomes First Group and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

We provide Education and Care across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEN provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our schools and homes are rated as Outstanding or Good.

We welcome staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.

About the School:

Upton Grange School, is a new specialist ASD provision due to open in February 2021. As part of the Hillingdon Manor group of schools and the Outcomes First Group, Upton Grange will offer day provision to children with Autism from the ages of 4 to 11 years old. We are currently looking for passionate, enthusiastic and committed Teachers to join our dedicated staff team at the new site. Upton Grange is located in Slough, within a 5 minute drive of Junction 5 of the M4. The location has excellent transport links with Slough Railway Station (Great Western main line and Cross Rail – to London and Reading) being a 10 minute walk/5 minute bus journey to the site. Salary is competitive, depending on experience. We also offer excellent professional development opportunities for Teachers wishing to move into Leadership and Management positions.

Upton Grange will provide specialist education for c35 pupils, aged between 4-11 years. The new provision will work closely with our existing primary school, Yiewsley Grange, which supports around c60 pupils. Upton Grange will deploy a wide range of teaching strategies to engage and develop the progress of learners, who present with a range of learning difficulties and styles. Our pupils are taught in smaller class sizes and work towards an Equals Semi-Formal Curriculum and National Curriculum expectations where appropriate.

About the Role:

As a TA, you will be responsible for safeguarding the young people and making sure they are healthy, safe and as comfortable as possible. You will assist in their learning by offering companionship and support, whilst ensuring their physical, mental and emotional needs are met. You will be required to prepare learning materials under the supervision of the teachers and to participate in learning activities. The TA will also be required to liaise with parents and staff with regards to the wellbeing of the young people.

This role involves working with young people who have complex behaviour associated with their learning needs. You will be trained to deescalate these situations and put in place pro-active strategies to avoid similar situations in future.

Who we are looking for?

Just as important as academic achievement is the social & emotional development of our pupils. We want our pupils to be successful citizens and positively contribute to their local communities, it will therefore be imperative to provide opportunities to advance these skills. You will need to be compassionate, enthusiastic, reliable and resilient. The ideal candidate should be able to organise and plan a workload, communicate effectively and be prepared to work with varying types of difficulties.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide a safe, caring and healthy environment where the children can thrive and develop their independence
  • Promote and celebrate diversity
  • Safeguard all children and support them with their individual and personal needs
  • Support and facilitate the learning of students
  • To follow school policy and procedures for recording and reporting

Please see the Job description for further responsibilities.

Why work for us?

  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a supportive and dedicated team
  • Continuous professional development and training
  • Internal Promotion
  •  “Your Wellbeing Matters” – The ability to speak to a councillor for support regarding your mental health.
  • Employee Rewards Hub – An app which offers high-street discounts, hints and tips.

If you have any further queries regarding how to apply please contact the recruitment team on 01204 558055 or email us at recruitment@ofgl.co.uk

Upton Grange School forms part Outcomes First Group who employ approx. 2000 staff at locations throughout the UK and provide a range of education and residential care services to children and adults with autism, complex needs, learning disabilities and social, emotional mental health difficulties.

Please note, we reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive a significant number of suitable candidates.

Outcomes First Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of everyone in our care and therefore this post is subject to an enhanced DBS check where suitable references will be sought prior to your employment start date