Location: Thornhill Park School Salary: £14,074 Expiry Date: Sunday 07 April 2019 Permanent £14,074 per annum with yearly incremental rises up to £15,024 (over four years)*. 65 days generous annual leave entitlement (pro rata) term time. Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 4.30 pm (Term Time Only). As part of our safer recruitment process, if shortlisted, references will be sought prior to interview. An exciting opportunity has arisen for the role of Teaching Assistant Level 2 to work at our School in Sunderland but you must be flexible to work elsewhere in the North East if needed. Whilst we value experience, you need to be committed to providing a personalised education to children and young people. Good communication and interpersonal skills are essential, as you will be expected to liaise with parents and professionals within children’s services and from outside agencies. You will need to show patience and flexibility as children and young people may communicate in different ways. You should also have the ability to submit written reports on the assessment and development of children and young people. The successful candidate will hold a minimum of a Level 2 certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (or equivalent) or willing to work towards this qualification. This exciting opportunity is to support the delivery of positive activities and learning opportunities for children, young people and adults with autism, other examples of neurodiversity and / or associated behavioural challenges. We appreciate that applicants may lack direct or personal experience with autism and neurodiversity, however, we have developed a detailed training and induction programme for successful candidates. This includes a comprehensive welcome to working at the North East Autism Society and an introduction to autism (theory, communication, sensory differences and behaviour). If you have a passion for helping others, if you’re willing to learn more about autism and neurodiversity, and you know you are someone who can really make a difference - then this could be the rewarding career you’ve been looking for. Working independently and as part of a team, you will support young people and adults to access a range of activities. You will need to be enthusiastic, able to use your own initiative, have a drive and resilience for what is often a demanding role; and you must be people-centred with good communication and interpersonal skills, possessing a flexible approach to working routines. In return we offer excellent terms and conditions and the opportunity to work in a positive, friendly and rewarding environment, building your experience and expertise. WORKING AT NEAS In return we offer excellent terms and conditions. Joining our NEAS family will mean: Working in a positive, friendly, rewarding environment, building your experience and career. Dedicated support from our learning and development team who will work alongside you and your new line manager to enhance your career with our specialist training programmes. This is just the start of your new career! Having a hands-on role, valuing and supporting people. If you thrive on helping others, knowing everything you do is contributing to lives being changed then this could be the role for you. Other benefits include a Bike-to-Work scheme, pension contributions, an annual staff awards evening recognising and rewarding staff achievements, 36 days holiday (pro-rata for part time roles). Please see the job description and person specification listed under "documents" at the top of this page. Please use these in completing your application. The North East Autism Society is a Disability Confident Employer which means we guarantee to interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for this job vacancy. ABOUT THE SOCIETY The North East Autism Society is the leading voice concerning autism and neurodiversity in the north of England. Established over 30 years ago, we have a trusted reputation of providing a range of quality, specialist services for children, young people and adults leading happy, fulfilling and independent lives. With over 700 staff in more than 40 locations in the north east, we believe joining our NEAS family will not only provide you with a challenging and rewarding role but will help bring real life change for the incredible people we work with. You can find full details of this vacancy including a full job description and person specification by visiting our dedicated careers page https://www.ne-as.org.uk/jobs Please visit our website to apply for this vacancy using our easy online application process which is accessible on all internet browsers, tablets and smartphone devices. Please do not hesitate to contact our recruitment team if you require a hard copy application pack or if you have any queries, by e-mailing email@example.com Please see job description and person specification listed under "documents" at the top of this page. Please use these in completing your application. The Society is a Disability Confident Employer which means we guarantee to interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for this job vacancy. Please see job description and person specification listed under "documents" at the top of this page. Please use these in completing your application. The Society is a Disability Confident Employer which means we guarantee to interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for this job vacancy.