• Location: Various,
  • Subject: Support
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Salary Type: Annual
  • Salary Range: £20,000.00 - £15,000.00
  • Language: Welsh

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Specialist Behaviour Support Teaching Assistant x4

Specialist Behaviour Support Teaching Assistant x4

Gwynedd Council
Job Advertisement

(This is an advertisement for 4x Behaviour Support Specialist Teaching Assistants for which the ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh and English is essential).

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The Council will require a Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate and confirmation of registration with the Education Workforce Council for the successful applicant before they can start.

Person Specification



• The ability to collaborate with a wide range of people. Able to deal with people in a confident, measured and courteous manner
• Effective organisational skills
• Clear communication skills
• Able to work as a member of a team
• Able to work flexibly
• Enthusiasm
• Full driving license and access to transport
• The ability to present accurate and organised work regularly

• Good numeracy/literacy skills
• NVQ Level 2 for Teaching Assistants
• Training in the relevant strategies to support additional learning needs and/or inclusion


• Training in the relevant strategies to support additional learning needs and/or inclusion
Communication and Interaction: Elklan Level 2 or higher qualification

Behaviour Support: Certificate or Level 2/3 Diploma (e.g. NVQ) or specific courses in the field (e.g. Webster-Stratton)

• Appropriate first aid training


Experience of:
• Working with pupils with additional learning needs


Experience of:
• Using Person-centred Methods
• Contributing towards and implementing Individual Development Plans


• Awareness of the Gwynedd and Anglesey ALN&I Strategy
• Understanding of the ALN&I legislation and the Code of Practice
• Understanding of various needs
• Good communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with people and respect the need for confidentiality
• Good computer skills - can use ICT effectively to support learning.
• Use of other equipment and basic technology, e.g. video, photocopier.


• Understanding of Person-centred Methods
• Understanding of Individual Development Plans
• Working knowledge of national/foundation phase, curriculum and other relevant learning programmes/strategies as appropriate.
• Understanding of principles of child development and learning processes


Listening and Speaking
Able to deal with all aspects of the job verbally in a confident manner in both English and Welsh.

Able to present written information in both English and Welsh with complete confidence using the most appropriate language and style to meet the needs of the reader.

Reading and Understanding
Able to use and interpret correctly any information in both English and Welsh from a wide variety of sources in order to deal with all aspects of the post.

Describe those attributes expected of the post-holder. Assessments of all applicants will be based on these criteria.

Job Description

Purpose of the Post

To ensure that the children and young people of Gwynedd and Ynys Môn are central to everything we do.

Support pupils 3-16 age range as a response to pupils' needs, especially those with emotional, behavioural and social needs, to eliminate obstacles for learning in schools and units in Gwynedd and Anglesey as part of an ALN and Inclusion integrated team.

Implement the Special Needs Practice Code in relation to supporting pupils.

Establish an operative, effective relationship with the pupils and act as a professional individual.

To work under the management and supervision of a Specialist Behaviour Support Teacher. All of the duties outlined within the job description will be implemented under the management and supervision of the teacher.

Responsibility for Resources. . e.g. staff, budget, equipment
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Main Duties. .
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Support for Pupils
• Provide outreach input for individuals and groups of children in our mainstream schools under the leadership of the Specialist Behaviour Support Teachers, Senior Educational Psychologist and Senior Mental Health Worker according to the requirements of the ALN&I Area Forum, that develop the mental health and emotional development and behaviour of the pupils.

• Provide input for groups of children in the Behaviour Support Team Centres for specific periods under the leadership of the Specialist Behaviour Support Teachers, Senior Educational Psychologist and Senior Mental Health Worker according to the requirements of the ALN&I Area Forum, that develop the mental health and emotional development and behaviour of the pupils.

• Receive and supervise pupils who for periods are not following the usual learning programme.

• Assist the teaching staff in the mainstream and Centres with developing and operating the pupils' Individual Development Plan / Individual Communication Plan to promote the progress of their emotional and behavioural health.

• Collaborate with the Specialist Teachers in the field of Behaviour Support and other relevant agencies ensuring levels of pastoral care to individuals under the guidance of teaching staff.

• Collaborate with the Teaching Assistants in the mainstream schools to model intervention packages for the pupils receiving attention from the Behaviour Support team.

• Support the therapeutic provision for pupils with additional needs, especially emotional and behavioural difficulties.

• Use IT effectively to support leaning activities and develop pupils' competence and independence through its use.

• Under the supervision of the Senior Mental Health Worker, present mental health promotion programmes in small groups are one-to-one.

• Ensure information and advice to pupils to enable them to make decisions and choices regarding their education, behaviour and attendance.

• Support and challenge pupils approach, promoting and enriching their self-respect.

• Ensure feedback for pupils in the context of their progress, their achievements, behaviour and attendance.

Support for Teachers
• Establish a productive working relationship with the pupils and colleagues.

• Provide information for a composite assessment of pupils' needs and progress.

• Provide specialist work packages for pupils in accordance with their Individual Development Plan / Individual Communication Plan / Medical Plan (if relevant), under the guidance of teaching staff.

• Share good practice with staff within the school and model techniques as required.

• Respond to pupils' personal needs and offer advice regarding emotional and behavioural development, their health, cleanliness and care.

• Support teaching staff to develop pupil mentoring arrangements and ensure support for vulnerable individuals.

• Ensure a swift and effective transfer for pupils through the specific interaction steps, giving attention to individuals who return to school after a period of absence.

• Communicate with catchment area schools and other agencies to collect information about individuals.
• Ensure appropriate support for administration e.g. phone calls, dealing with correspondence, updating data, attendance information, exclusions.
• Be aware, and appreciate a range of activities, courses, establishments and individuals that are available to offer support for individuals and add to their learning experiences.
• Ensure and use specialist resources, plans and equipment to support pupils.
• Support pupils' access to resources and relevant strategies to enrich their education.
• Assist teaching staff to plan, analyse and adapt teaching activities as appropriate.
• Establish a constructive relationship with parents/carers, exchanging information, facilitating the support of their child's attendance, access and learning and support home, school and community links.

• Be aware and alert to differences to ensure pupils have equal opportunities for access to education.


• Awareness of the policies and procedures of the ALN and safeguarding children, health and confidentiality security and data protection, and refer any concern to the relevant person.

• Contribute towards the general ethos/work/objectives of our integrated ALN and Inclusion team.

• Responsible for self-development.

• Participate in training and other learning activities, as required.

• Identify own strengths and specialist fields and use these to advise and support others.

• Ensure compliance with Health and Safety rules in the workplace in accordance with the responsibilities noted in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Council's Health and Safety Policy.

• Work within the Council's policies in relation to equal opportunities and equality.

• Responsibility for managing information in accordance with the Council's information management standards and guidelines. Ensure that personal information is treated in accordance with Data Protection legislation.

• Undertake any other reasonable duty which corresponds to the salary level and responsibility level of the post.

• Commitment to reducing the Council's carbon emissions in accordance with the Carbon Management Plan, and to encourage others to act positively towards reducing the Council's Carbon Footprint.

• Responsible for reporting any concern or suspicion that a child or vulnerable adult is being abused.