Behavioural Specialist Teaching Assistant - SEMH School

Yorkshire and Humber/ contract / £84 - 95 per day dependent on qualifications and experience

Behavioural Specialist Teaching Assistant – SEMH School

Where is the school: Barnsley, South Yorkshire

When can I start? Immediate Starts Available

What’s the pay? £84 to £95 per day

Are you passionate about supporting the educational and emotional development of children with Social, Emotional, and Mental Health (SEMH) needs? Do you have a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of students who require additional support to reach their full potential? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join a dedicated team at an SEMH school in Barnsley as a Teaching Assistant.

About the school: Our client, a well-established SEMH school located in Barnsley, is committed to providing a nurturing and inclusive learning environment for children with SEMH needs. With a focus on individualized support and tailored interventions, the school aims to empower students to overcome challenges, build resilience, and achieve academic and personal success.

About the role: We are seeking a compassionate and enthusiastic Teaching Assistant to join the team on a full-time basis. The successful candidate will work closely with teachers and other staff members to support the learning and well-being of students with SEMH needs, providing individualised assistance and fostering a positive and inclusive classroom environment.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support students with SEMH needs in the classroom, providing one-to-one or small group assistance as directed by the teacher.
  • Assist with the implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs), Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan), and behavior management strategies to support student progress and engagement.
  • Provide emotional and behavioural support to students, helping them develop coping strategies and social skills.
  • Encourage and motivate students to participate in classroom activities and maintain a positive attitude toward learning.
  • Assist with the preparation of learning materials and resources, adapting activities to meet the diverse needs of students.
  • Collaborate with teachers, SENCOs, and other professionals to monitor student progress and communicate any concerns or observations.
  • Support students during transitions between activities and provide assistance with personal care and hygiene if required.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Previous experience working with children or young people with SEMH needs, either in an educational or care setting, is highly desirable.
  • A compassionate and patient approach, with the ability to build positive relationships with students and provide empathetic support.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to meet the changing needs of students and respond effectively to challenging situations.
  • Relevant qualifications in education, childcare, or a related field are advantageous but not essential.


  • Competitive salary based on experience and qualifications.
  • Flexibility to choose your working days
  • Opportunities for professional development and training to support your career progression (through MyProgression and career support).
  • A supportive and inclusive working environment with a dedicated team of educators.
  • The opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children with SEMH needs.

If you are passionate about supporting the educational and emotional development of children with SEMH needs and are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a difference, we would love to hear from you. To apply, please submit your CV outlining your relevant experience.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0114 321 0757

Join us in making a positive impact in the lives of children with SEMH needs!

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