Teaching Assistant - PDA Experience

Five Education
Up to £10,000
17 Oct 2020
22 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Part Time
Five Education are looking for an LSA in North Bristol to work 5 days a week from September with a pupil in year 9. The pupil has Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). PDA generally displays as an extreme avoidance of everyday demands and an anxiety-driven need to be in control. It is recognised as a sub-type of autism.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Supporting in class and around the school
  • Supporting the pupil with her social interactions
  • Assisting the teacher with differentiation, the pupil you will be supporting doesn't work at the expected level for her age
  • Supporting her with the school routines and tasks she needs to complete
  • Working through refusals to complete tasks with patience and in the face of refusals, excuses, negotiations, and withdrawing
  • Working with planned strategies and techniques according to the EHCP

Essential Criteria:
  • At least 12 months of experience working with children
  • At least 6 months of experience supporting children with ASC or other SEND
  • Calm and able to manage physical outbursts or meltdowns, which are rooted in anxiety around demands placed on her
  • School refusal can be a problem, so able to work with the pupil and ease her back in after any period of absence
  • Ideally, you will have knowledge of the KS3 curriculum
  • Experience with visual timetables would be an advantage
  • Aware of the language you choose "would you" and "could you" are often better choices in this situation
  • Able to work 5 days a week 8:30-3:30 term time
  • A proactive approach to assisting children in their work

Five Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all of the staff we employ to share this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to undergo checks including a barred list check, reference checks and will need to have a DBS; there will also be a face to face interview.