Behaviour and Mental Health Teaching Assistant – Full-Time – Contract – £20,000 – £25,000 per year – South London
- Position: Behaviour and Mental Health Teaching Assistant
- Location: South London
- Start: September ‘23
- Contract: Full-time (temp to perm)
We are currently seeking several dedicated and experienced Behaviour and Mental Health Teaching Assistants to join PRUs and SEMH schools in South London, supporting students with challenging behaviour, trauma and mental health needs. The ideal candidate will have previous experience in a similar role or possess a relevant background in youth work, prison, mental health support work or related fields.
- Provide support and assistance to complex students who have experienced severe trauma and have mental health needs.
- Foster a positive and inclusive learning environment, promoting social and emotional well-being.
- Manage challenging behaviours sensitively and calmy, using a trauma-informed holistic approach.
- Collaborate with teachers, therapists and other professionals to implement individualised support behavioural and learning plans for students.
- Assist in the development and implementation of behaviour management strategies and ensure consistency between school and home as much as possible.
- Provide one-on-one support to students, including academic guidance and emotional support.
- Help students develop coping strategies and social skills to enhance their overall well-being.
- Maintain accurate records of student progress and behaviour incidents.
- Liaise with parents, guardians, and external agencies to ensure holistic support for students.
- Previous experience in a similar role within PRUs, SEMH provisions, or related settings is highly desirable.
- A relevant background in youth work, prison, mental health support work or a related field will also be considered.
- Strong understanding of behaviour management techniques and strategies and the use of a trauma-informed approach.
- MAPA or Team Teach training is highly desirable, although a comprehensive training and induction programme will be delivered to all new starters.
- Knowledge of mental health conditions and their impact on educational settings.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to remain calm and composed in challenging situations.
- Patience, empathy, and a genuine passion for supporting students with complex needs.
- Dedication, commitment and drive to make a difference in young people’s lives.
- Flexibility and adaptability to meet the diverse needs of students.
- Ability to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.
- A good track record of attendance and consistency.
If you are a compassionate and dedicated individual with experience in a similar role or a relevant background in youth work, prison, support work or related fields, we would love to hear from you.
To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and why you are interested in this position.