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SEN Teaching Assistant

Contract type: 37 hours per week; term time only, fixed term to 31st August 2024

Salary: NJC 04 – 06 : £21189 to 21968 F.T.E.;  Prorata salary: £18386 to £19062

Start Date: At earliest opportunity

Closing date: Monday 12th June 2023 at 9am

Interview date: Wednesday 21st June 2023 (please note this date may be subject to change)


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Bader Change Maker PrinciplesDo you have these core traits to be a successful Change Maker and Teaching Assistant at Bader Academy?

Bader Academy is a special school which opened in September 2020, and provides 100 places for children and young people, aged 5-19, who have an Education, Health and Care Plan with a primary diagnosis of Communication and Interaction Difficulties.

You can help create a forward thinking, innovative culture where pupils and staff can truly flourish.

We are seeking to appoint a teaching assistant to support our students to “be kind, be safe, be ready”.  Please note that this position is until 31st August 2024, and renewal is subject to pupil funding.

Our ambition and yours will be that Bader is a centre of excellence for both the specialist provision and for promoting the latest inclusive practices across education.

Our children and young people at Bader deserve an education that will change their lives and give them the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Staff employed in our Academy Trust enjoy a fulfilling career and we focus on releasing your potential and maximising your impact.

 About the Trust

Nexus Multi Academy Trust was founded in 2016 and has the highest ambitions possible for everyone we work with.

The vision for Nexus is that we are constantly “Learning together; to be the best we can be.” This vision is what we aspire to and is as relatable to every employee and partner of our Trust as it is to our children, young adults and their families.

Our Opportunity

We are looking to appoint a Teaching Assistant who has a desire to work in, or experience with special needs education, who have a real passion to support and enable the learning and development of the children in our brand-new academy. 

The position will appeal to experienced teaching assistants and in particular individuals who have other skills to offer like a background in the Arts, Technology, IT, PE or mental health, as we feel these attributes will complement the role well. 

We are looking for a practitioner who has an innovative approach to their work and aren’t afraid to think of new and interesting approaches to the support they offer.

We looking for a practitioner to work with pupils across the Primary age range and up to Year 11, although the age range will eventually include post-16 provision. You will be supporting learners within their classroom environment as well as their personal and social development during socialising periods through break and lunch times.  The role may also involve supporting pupils who are accessing an alternate provision away from the school environment, or working with one specific pupil on a regular basis.

Whether you are an experienced teaching assistant who has worked within specialist educational needs or someone who has exceptional vocational skills and a real drive to make a difference in children’s lives, you must be able to provide our children with aspirations for their futures along with promoting a positive culture in everything you do.  

What you can expect 

  • An exciting opportunity to join an academy with a fantastic cohort of students and a highly supportive staff and leadership team.

  • A thriving environment where you will be supported and encouraged to think in new ways.

  • An opportunity to join colleagues who will make you proud to be part of our state education system.

  • Access to tailored CPD through Nexus Academies Trust and the Opportunity Area which includes pathways into Initial Teaching Training.

  • Working within an award winning MAT who pride themselves on having friendly and supportive academies who together are helping to transform communities.

Further information 

For an informal and confidential conversation about the role, please contact Sharon Liddle, Office Manager, at the school at or on 01302 433003.  Visits to the school are warmly welcomed and can be arranged using these contact details.  Please note that the school is closed for the May half-term holidays from Monday 29th May to Monday 5th June 2023.

Full time working hours for this role are 37 hours per week; Monday to Thursday 8.15am to 4.15pm, Fridays 8.15am to 3.45pm. 

Nexus Multi Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. This post involves working with children and therefore if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at an enhanced level and a barred list check. Further information about the Disclosure and Barring Service and can be found at

We are an equal opportunities employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.

For more information and an application form to apply please see the downloads below.

Please ensure that you include at least ONE A4 side in your personal statement and a full listing of your previous employment including any periods of unemployment. Please note that CV’s will not be accepted in application for this role.

Applications should be submitted to for the attention of Sharon Liddle, Office Manager

All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification before making an application.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response.