Classroom Assistant
Education Authority
Victoria Primary School Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus, Antrim
4d ago


JOB TITLE : Classroom Assistant Special Educational Needs

REPORTS TO : The Principal, through the class teacher


Under the direction of the class teacher / outreach teacher / Education Authority, assist with the educational support and the care of the pupil(s) with special educational needs who is / are in the teacher’s care in or outside the classroom.


The precise duties of the post will be determined by the principal / outreach teacher / Education Authority officer.


  • Assist the teacher with the support and care of pupil(s) with special educational needs e.g. enable access to the curriculum, attend to personal needs including dietary, feeding, toileting etc.
  • Develop an understanding of the specific needs of the pupil(s) to be supported.
  • Assist with authorised programmes (e.g. Education Plan, Care Plan), participate in the evaluation of the support and encourage pupil(s) participation in such programmes.
  • Contribute to the inclusion of the pupil in mainstream schools under the directions of the class teacher.
  • Assist with operational difficulties and non-invasive medical / clinical difficulties pertaining to pupil(s) disabilities.
  • Support in implementing behavioural management programmes as directed.
  • Assist pupil(s) in moving around school and on and off transport.

  • Assist pupil(s) learn as effectively as possible both in group situations and on their own by assisting with the management of the learning environment through :
  • clarifying and explaining instruction;- ensuring the pupils are able to use equipment and materials provided;- assisting in motivating and encouraging the pupil(s) as required;
  • assisting in areas requiring reinforcement or development;- promoting the independence of pupils to enhance learning;- helping pupil(s) stay on work set;
  • meeting physical / medical needs as required whilst encouraging independence.
  • Be aware of school policies, procedures and of confidential issues linked to home / pupil / teacher / school work and to keep confidences appropriately.
  • Establish a supportive relationship with the pupils concerned.
  • Prepare and produce appropriate resources to support pupil(s) and take care of material for play sessions.
  • Supervise groups of pupils, or individual pupils on specified activities including talking and listening, using ICT, extra curricular activities, and other duties, as directed by the class teacher / officer.
  • Under the direction of the teacher, and following an appropriate risk assessment, assist with off-site activities.
  • Provide continuity of adult care of e.g. supervising play and cloakrooms including hand washing, toileting etc.
  • Provide supervision / support including the administration of prescribed medicines and drugs for children who are ill and deal with minor cuts and grazes.
  • Ensure as far as possible a safe environment for pupils.
  • Report to the class teacher any signs or symptoms displayed which may suggest that a pupil requires expert or immediate attention.

  • Assist with classroom administration.
  • Assist the class teacher and / or other professionals with the implementation of the system for recording the pupil(s) progress.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of pupil(s) progress records.
  • Provide regular feedback about the pupil(s) to the teacher / officer.
  • Duplicate written materials, assist with production of charts and displays, record radio and television programmes, catalogue and process books and resources.

  • Attend relevant in-service training.
  • Assist work placement students with practical tasks.
  • Such other duties as may be assigned by the principal / outreach teacher / Education Authority officer within the level of the post.
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