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Bespoke 1:1 Teaching Assistant with L2 British Sign Language

The Learning Campus, Tadpole Lane, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN25 2NB
Uplands School
Full Time
Grade B £14,035 - £16,133 per annum
1st June 2022
Start Date
As soon as possible
13th August 2022 12:00 AM
Contract Type
Job ID
Start date
As soon as possible
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • NQTs Considered:
  • Job ID: 1244269

Note: Applicants will be considered as applications are received. Should a suitable candidate be identified, we may close the vacancy early.

The Opportunity

We at Brunel Academies Trust are a proud, growing educational community with a vision of “no barriers, only potential”. We strive to significantly improve the life chances and outcomes for our children and young people (CYP) whether they are within our SEND provisions or mainstream schools.

As a developing Multi Academy Trust, now is an exciting time to join Uplands School as we are looking to appoint a bespoke 1:1 Teaching Assistant with particular experience in British sign language; preferably to L2 qualified status. This fantastic opportunity will see you working one on one with a SEND student who has a dedicated EHCP and main form of communication as sign language. It is important to us that the student has the opportunity to fully integrate throughout their education lifecycle at Uplands School, therefore you will proactively be able to promote use of sign language with colleagues and fellow peers to support your 1:1 student.

With a flair for celebrating the smallest but most impacting successes of our pupils, retaining a patience in the knowledge this role comes with good days and challenging ones, we at Uplands School will strive to meet the end goal of our Trust: To collaborate and build a successful community of mainstream schools and SEND provisions to ensure each and every one of our students have the education they deserve.

Your Role

The attached job description will detail your role in full. But at a glance, some of the key fields you will be responsible for include (but are not limited to):

  •  To communicate using BSL to support the student’s learning and their wider communication and interaction with others
  •  To assist in the supervision of the individual student in and outside the classroom including in playgrounds, communal areas or on visits outside the school premises
  •  To provide medical support in line with the care plan and as and when necessary, and take all reasonable measures to ensure health and safety in the classroom and other relevant areas within and outside the school premises
  •  To undertake other relevant duties allocated including input to the monitoring and reviewing of work programmes
  •  To support the teaching and learning of the individual student by working with the teacher to deliver the curriculum
  •  Maintain records of the individual student’s progress as instructed by the Class Teacher including input to monitoring and reviewing of work programme

Your Experience

Our person specification attached will contain the full areas of skills and experience, but it is really important to us that you feel comfortable and confident in your role, so although you may not have everything desirable, there are some essential features our appointee will need to have and these include:

  •  Be trained to L2 British Sign Language
  •  Basic knowledge in literacy and numeracy
  •  Effective communicator
  •  Be prepared to follow the school behaviour policy and practice
  •  Able to ensure students participation in relevant school visits
  •  Be highly motivated
  •  Be able to follow instruction and work independently

Training: It is important to us to ensure you feel valued and supported in this exciting, rewarding and important role that you undertake therefore, relative training will be provided to the appointed applicant upon starting.


Brunel Academies Trust is a rapidly developing Multi Academy Trust. We value our colleagues and the effort they put into our children and young people day in and out. Whether through continuous professional development (CPD) to feed your ambitions, personal and impartial support through challenging days or exciting and easy to use discounts to enjoy with friends and family, we have a package of excellent benefits which are available to all staff including:

  •  Support on continuous professional development (CPD) opportunities
  •  Brunel Perks – exclusive discounts on a range of products and retailers from cinema tickets, food shopping and holidays
  •  Carefirst – impartial counselling service in person, by video call or phone as well as a citizen’s advice function for advice and support on personal or professional queries

Most importantly, we can promise that you will achieve a high level of job satisfaction through the professional family community our colleagues represent; and the positive impact your role will have on supporting and developing our children and young people’s futures. Your role matters.

Location: Uplands School, Tadpole Lane
Interviews: TBC
Hours: 29.5 pw

To learn more about our Trust and our mission, please do visit our website at www. or for more information on this exciting opportunity please write to recruitment@ Alternatively, please call  0 1793286634


Safeguarding Statement:

Brunel Academies Trust is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people (CYP) and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointment is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check, references and medical clearance. All references will be obtained prior to interview in line with Safer Recruitment and KCSIE.

Brunel Academies Trust is dedicated to the vision of having a diverse workforce and is committed to building a team that reflects diversity from the communities it serves. We value the contributions of all colleagues from a wide range of backgrounds and actively seek to promote an environment which is free from discrimination and harassment; which at the same time supports fair promotion and cultural acceptance.

Under the provision of the Equality Act 2010, Brunel Academies Trust welcomes applications from everyone and operates a recruitment process that is fair and does not discriminate against or disadvantage anyone because of their age, pronouns preference, disability, gender reassignment status, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy, paternity or maternity, race or nationality, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

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