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Residential Teaching Assistant

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Tor view School - Trelawny Road,Tavistock, West Devon PL19 0JN

Priory Group Division

Education & Children's Services

Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time, Permanent - Part Time


£18,581 Pro Rata - Depending on Hours and Experience


37.5 - 45 Hours per Week 38 Weeks per Year

Job Advert Location Description

Southern Peninsula Services specialises in high quality residential and educational provisions for children between 8 - 18 who may have Learning Difficulities including SEMH and Autism. The safeguarding and wellbeing of our young people who may have experienced challenges in their lives is always paramount; along with encouragement to achieve their full potential.

Southern Peninsula Services currently have an educational setting, Quay View School, rated "Good" by Ofsted and two Childrens Homes; all situated within the Tamar Valley and West Devon localities 

Job Advert Role Description

Tor View School is a new education provision, that opened in summer 2018. It is a diverse school which specialises in high quality day and residential educational provision for children aged between 8-18 with complex learning needs and challenging behaviour including Autism. We are part of Southern Pennisula Services, which includes Quay View School in Bere Alston and three children's homes situated in local communities in Devon and Cornwall.

We are opening an residential facility to work alongside our schools in Bere Alston and Tavistock, so this role with be term time only (38 weeks a year). We also have plans to open more homes over the coming year. We are looking for enthusiastic staff to join the existing teams in the schools and children's homes. During your training period may be initially based in one of our homes in Gunnislake or Tavistock areas. This is to enable you to become familiar with our induction, competency and growth framework. This framework will ensure that you have competent training, mentoring and supervision to provide you with a chosen career path within social care which will be recognised with an attractive pay progression.

As a Residential Teaching Assistant you will be a key member of our team, providing high standards of person-centred support and care to our service users. You will also be expected to provide support for the young persons when they are attending the school setting.

Through a creative and caring approach, you will build good relationships with both service users and their families and other stakeholders, supporting service users in the planning of goals and in teaching them life skills. Both personal care, supporting education and participation in activities are key tasks for the role, so energy and initiative is vital.


Candidates must have either:

•           A Children, Young People & Families Practitioner Level 4 (previously Diploma Level 3) or willingness to undertake this qualification within a robust timescale

•           Excellent communication skills

•           Effective organisational capability

•           Great team player and the ability to remain calm under pressure

•           Flexibility and resilience to respond to the changing needs of those who we support

•           Strong “can do” attitude


What we’d like to give you:

  • Travel Insurance
  • Computing scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Dental Insurance
  • Reduced price Gym membership
  • Gourmet Society Card
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Priory Group Pension

The hours for this role have not been decided yet but there will be a mixture of day shifts 08.00 - 16.30 (you will be based in the school for most of this), evening shifts 14.30 - 22.00 and weekend shifts.

Salary will increase after successful completion of Induction Framework and Probationary period and there is opportunity to further progress under this Framework achieving a maximum salary of £18,307.30 (pro-rata) expected within 6-12 months.  For this role we are offering either 37.5 or 45 hour contracts so salary will vary dependent on your contractual hours.

The schools are located in a rural setting so own transport is desired


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For all roles we require a minimum of two references.  References provided must cover the last 3 years, or you are applying to work within our Children’s Homes we will need to request all references from where you have worked with either Children or Vulnerable Adults.

Please be advised that references will be requested prior to interview for all roles within our schools.

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.


Priory Education Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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