Senior SEMH Teaching Assistant

Salary: £23100
Location: Enfield
Contract: Permanent
Sector: Education

We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven Senior SEMH Teaching Assistant to work at a secondary school in Enfield. Reporting to the headteacher and the assistant head of inclusion, you will be supporting the development of a school-wide provision, aiming to remove barriers to students with social, emotional, and mental health, and maximising participation and progress. As this role involves working with students, the successful SEMH teaching assistant must display resilience and the willingness to work with students that require support with SEMH and enjoy communicating and working with students.

The responsibilities will include supporting the development of the discreet Student Support Centre, the Reflection Room and working alongside teachers and students both inside and outside of mainstream classrooms. You will be expected to work closely with the SENDCO and AHT for Inclusion in supporting continuity of expectations in behaviour and learning throughout the school.

With a salary of £23,100.28, in addition to this, you will receive a range of incentives that includes affordable accommodation, healthcare (dental, optical, health screening, prescriptions), an employee assistance programme, pension schemes and holiday entitlement, training and development, and much more!

Your duties and responsibilities as a SEMH Teaching Assistant include:

  • Working alongside teaching staff and/or other support staff in planning and implementing individual learning plans and making reasonable adjustments to promote academic achievement for students with SEMH
  • Coaching, training, and supporting identified school staff, by modelling approaches within mainstream classrooms to support students with identified SEMH
  • Supporting the development and delivery of whole school systems that use restorative approaches to conflict and/or trauma informed approaches to behaviour management
  • Observing and monitoring student progress, adapting an agreed approach to meet needs, recording, and maintaining records of students’ development and progress
  • Delivering training within HHA to Teaching Assistant / support staff / Teachers when required.

Person Specification


  • GCSE Maths and English
  • Evidence of courses attended that support the theoretical understanding of barriers to education

Skills and Experience:

  • Understanding of Attachment Theory, Child Development
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to support the development and consistent practice across HHA

Qualifications/Other skills and experience:


  • Knowledge of the barriers that prevent students with SEMH
  • Resilience and willingness to work with students requiring support with SEMH who may also have additional needs
  • Dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, understanding of, and sensitivity to, cultural differences


  • Recognised Bachelor’s degree
  • Qualification in Counselling / psychology / psychotherapy
  • Qualification relating to the role of HLTA
  • Knowledge of how to develop and deliver whole school systems that use restorative approaches to conflict and a trauma informed approach to behaviour management
  • Knowledge of Attachment Theory and child development and a Trauma Informed
  • Experience of providing training to school staff including Teaching Assistants, Support Staff and Teachers

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