Step-down services for children and young adults

At Young Foundations, we specialise in residential step-down services, and specialist education, for children and young people with complex needs.

SEN Teaching Assistant

Oaklea Grange, Wrexham

40 (term time only) hours per week
£19,760 - £21,200 per annum pro rata

Oaklea Grange 

Part of Young Foundations and based in the beautiful rural countryside of North Wales, Oaklea Grange is a small SEMH children’s residential school for children and young people aged 11 to 18 with a range of acute and enduring mental health issues and associated challenging and complex needs, including mental health issues and associated learning needs. 


Located on the same site, Oaklea Grange Residential Home can accommodate a maximum of 8 young people in the home and independency coach house, and 8 young people in the school. The school itself will educate the pupils from the residential home on site only. All pupils will have additional learning needs in such at their individual needs cannot be met in a mainstream educational provision and thus need further support in providing a supporting and inclusive education. Presently, we are gathering information and working towards meeting legislative requirements in anticipation for registering the provision.


Oaklea Grange School’s vision is to champion and embed a mentally healthy school through its ethos, culture, trauma informed teaching practice and curriculum. This is an exciting time to join and develop as part of an education team who champion the lives of our pupils and genuinely make a difference to their quality of life and future prospects. 



Purpose of the Job


Main duties

• To provide personal teaching and learning assistance for pupils who require such support, throughout the school day and during the pupil’s break and lunch times as appropriate.

• To prepare, and assist in the preparation, of the classroom resources, display, equipment, and computers for use by pupils.

• To work with individuals and small groups on specific activities under the guidance of the Teacher and/or other lead person.

• To motivate and support pupil(s) to remain on task and complete work in a focused way.

• Accompanying and supporting pupil(s) on outings from school as necessary.

• To pass on information about pupil’s personal and educational needs to the Class Teacher and other staff as appropriate. To contribute to team meetings and review meetings.

• To support the pupils in physical activities (PE, Drama etc) as required.

• To undertake training and attend INSET days in accordance to contractual requirements. To contribute to whole school policies.

• To undertake any other training required in accordance to contractual requirements (Safe Holding, Safeguarding etc.)

• Attending to minor accidents at school, where appropriate training has been given, and supervising unwell children at the direction of the Head Teacher.

• To maintain the health and safety of pupils and colleagues in the school by assisting in maintaining a clean and tidy environment and reporting any hazards that cannot be dealt with to your Line Manager.

• To support the School’s/Borough’s Equal Opportunities policies.

• Assisting with any other duties of a similar level of responsibility as required by the Head Teacher.


(All applicants will be subject to safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and other vetting check such as references and enhanced DBS. Young Foundations recruits solely on the suitability of candidates to the role and does not discriminate on the basis on age, gender, sexuality, faith or race.)

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