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Individual Needs Assistant

Hours of work: 22.5 (3 hrs per day as INA + 1.5 hrs per day as MDSA) per week
Working pattern: Part-time, Term-time only (working for 39 weeks per year plus 5.85 weeks annual leave, which will increase after 5 years' continuous service)
(As the position is part-time/term-time only, the above salary will be pro rata)
Fixed term until August 2023 in the first instance

If you have a genuine desire to make a positive difference to the lives and futures of our pupils, then we would love to hear from you. The job description and person specification in the pack describe what the post entails and the type of person we are looking for. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Emma Ridley at eridley@ocklynge.co.uk

Please use the application form available at Vacancies | Ocklynge Junior School
Once completed it should be emailed to Lorraine Barrow, Trust Executive Assistant, at lbarrow@ratton.co.uk by the closing date.

Please remember your supporting statement should set out how your experience to date fulfils the criteria set out in the person specification for this post.

Please note, we do not accept CVs.

The successful applicant will be working 1:1 with a student with SEN needs who requires additional support to make the highest levels of progress both academically and socially.

You will need to be able to support the student and build a good relationship with them to help promote development and growth within their education. You will work alongside the class teacher to prepare and plan lessons for your pupil and identify ways in which you can present this within their best interest for development. You will support the allocated pupil both inside and outside of the classroom as well as accompanying them on educational visits. You will ensure that the pupil understands all verbal and written instructions and is staying on track with tasks and will also help to facilitate inclusion and enable them to integrate with their peers.

You will have strong communication skills and be able to quickly build a good rapport with pupils. You will be a team player as you will be working closely with the classroom teacher and the pupil's parents/carers. You will be highly organised, creative and adaptive, being able to think on your feet to enable the pupil to overcome any barriers to learning.

Please note that the successful candidates will also be required to take on a lunchtime supervisor or play leader role/s (MDSA) at additional remuneration.

This post is covered by the Childcare Disqualification Regulations 2018.  

The school will need to ensure that they are not knowingly employing a person who is disqualified under the 2018 Regulations in connection with relevant childcare provision.  Accordingly, the successful candidate will be required to demonstrate to the school, by completing a self-declaration form as part of the pre-employment checks process, that they have not been disqualified under the 2018 Regulations.  

If the preferred candidate is found to be disqualified under the 2018 Regulations, the offer of employment will be subject to the application by the preferred candidate to Ofsted for a waiver and the receipt of a waiver from Ofsted.  

Additional Information


Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.

Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff will be expected to hold or be willing to obtain Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check.

All school based staff have the responsibility for promoting the safeguarding and welfare of children.  All school staff should be aware of the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and work in accordance with this document at all times.


  • Job reference
  • orbis/TP/7894/27360

  • Number of positions
  • 1

  • Location
  • Eastbourne

  • Salary
  • £18,887 per annum pro rata

  • Closing date
  • 26/09/2022

  • Organisation
  • Ocklynge

  • Contract type
  • Fixed Term

  • Work pattern
  • Part Time

  • Hours
  • 22.5

  • Job type
  • Support Staff - Education