Bank Teaching Assistant

Job Title:             Bank Teaching Assistant

Location:             Underley Garden, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, LA6 2DZ

Salary:                  £10.75 per hour

Contract:             Bank

If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We are looking for Bank Teaching Assistants who have a background in working with children and young people who present with challenging behaviours due to their additional needs. Experience in supporting children and young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties would be ideal for the role and individuals with this experience would be suited to join our team at Underley Garden in Kirkby Lonsdale. 

About the School

The young people who attend Underley Garden all have an EHCP. Underley meets the needs of a range of SEN including; Autism, Learning Difficulties, Mental Health & Medical needs and associated challenging behaviours.

About the Group

The young people who attend Underley Garden all have an EHCP/statement of special educational needs. Underley meets the needs of a range of SEN including; Autism, Learning Difficulties, Mental Health & Medical needs and related behavioural difficulties.  We can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

For over 16 years Options Autism have provided care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties. As part of Outcomes First Group we are leading our sector in setting and delivering new approaches that provide measurable outcomes for those in our care.

About the Role

Underley Garden seeks an enthusiastic Teaching Assistant who can support and inspire children with Autism, learning difficulties and associated challenging behaviour. Our young people need engaging, creative, practical learning and so teaching assistants need the ability to support in a flexible curriculum structure and fully utilise our facilities to support with personalised programmes.

Teaching Assistants at UG are encouraged to take a creative approach, seeking ways to positively engage with and motivate young people during lessons that promote learning as well as develop independence and life skills.

Working as a teaching assistant at Underley Garden, you will support with a range of subjects, support with the individual needs of our young people to promote personal development, their well-being and above all, offering a range of opportunities to support their social and communication skills. You will support the teaching and learning of the children and young people alongside the class teachers to ensure progress is made on their specific targets. Supporting the development of their social, emotional and mental health is essential and building positive relationships is key to success. Safeguarding the welfare of the young people in our care will be your primary responsibility.

Please see the Job Description and Person Specification for full details regarding this position.

Why work for us?

A few reasons we think it’s a great place to work:

  • Continuous professional development & training for a clear career path
  • Pension
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Free School Meals whilst on shift
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters”
  • Gym membership
  • School campsite
  • Employee Rewards Hub

Our School is currently closed for the summer, we welcome your application and will be reviewing applications on our return for interviews in September. Thank you for your patience. 

Applications are invited online through our Underley Garden website:

If you have any further queries regarding how to apply please contact Marie Lawson, Office Manager or for information about the role, contact April Boyd, Head Teacher.

Options Autism is part of Outcomes First Group. We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS.