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/ Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Position:Teaching Assistant
Contract type:Permanent
School:Small independant SEMH school
Area: Near Lewes, East Sussex
Salary: £19,500 - £21,500
Closing date: 01 | 01 | 2024

Sussex Teachers are working with an independent specialist school providing high-quality, therapeutic and child-centred education to pupils from 10 to 19 years of age in Lewes, to find a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) to start permanently in January 2024.

This school has children who come from a wide range of backgrounds, but all have Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH). Many will also have other Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) such as Autism, ADHD, and communication difficulties. The work they do is both varied and challenging and, as a trauma and attachment-informed organisation, all staff are provided with extensive therapeutic training and support. The school has two sites, on the outskirts of Lewes and Newhaven, and you will need to travel between the two sites, so your own transport is necessary.

Job Description:                                                 

We are looking for an HLTA to work permanently starting January 2024. There is also the opportunity to start on a temporary basis before Christmas. You will be working with children who require lots of attention, ‘just the right sort’ of communication, consistency and flexibility in equal measure, and a non-judgmental approach. You will be resilient, persistent and solution-focused to meet the needs of the children you are supporting.


  • Supervise and provide support for specific pupils and/or groups of pupils with special educational needs and social emotional and mental health difficulties, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities.
  • Promote high standards of behaviour, and encourage self-esteem and independence by helping to create a supportive, secure, safe and structured learning environment.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of Individual Education and Health Care Plans / Behaviour Plans
  • Establish positive relationships with pupils and interact with them according to their individual needs.
  • Provide feedback to pupils about progress and achievement, under the guidance of the teacher.
  • Help set up the classroom with materials, resources, and displays that cater to the developmental needs of the children.
  • Promote positive behaviour and interactions among children, helping them develop social skills, share, take turns, and express their emotions.
  • Demonstrate commitment to safeguarding, behaviour, health and safety and inclusion policies, and ensure any concerns or incidents are reported appropriately.


  • Recent experience supporting learners with ASC, SEND and SEMH difficulties.
  • Available for full-time work (30 hours per week) Monday – Friday from 9 am – 3.15 pm.
  • Able to demonstrate flexibility, resilience and adaptability when faced with a variety of different situations.
  • Effective communicators: able to foster excellent relationships with children, parents and staff.
  • Well organised with the ability to work proactively with students using your initiative.
  • Patient, kind and caring with a good sense of humour and a positive, nurturing outlook.


  • Staff laptop and mobile phone.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Extensive training and professional qualification opportunities.
  • Small class sizes.
  • The chance to be part of an expanding, national organisation that recognises skill, effort and potential and grows its own leadership teams.
  • Enhanced occupational sickness scheme.
  • Flexible pension.
  • Regular therapeutic and supportive supervision.
  • Employee benefit service with access to wellbeing services, salary sacrifice schemes, high street vouchers, money off eating-out and takeaways.

How To Apply:

If you are a supportive HLTA and are looking for a rewarding position, we would love to hear from you. Please submit your CV or application form to mike@sussexteachers.co.uk or call us on 01273 626800 to hear more.

Sussex Teachers is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees and candidates are treated with respect, dignity, and fairness. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

Sussex Teachers is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all of our employees to share in this commitment. Our vetting process follows the DfE's Safer Recruitment and Keeping Children Safe in Education guidelines, and these requirements will be discussed with you prior to registration. 

This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.

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For more information please contact Mike at 01273 626800 or mike@sussexteachers.co.uk