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Job Vacancies

Teaching and Play Assistant Polygon Specialist School

(32.5 hours per week, term time only. 08.30-15.30 hours)


Fixed Term Contract 01-09-2022 to 20-07-2023


Do you have experience of working in horticulture, a creative industry, in engineering or in a sports coaching environment?


Are you able to work successfully with boys who have complex neurodevelopment disorders such as ADHD/FASD/PDA/ PTSD /ODD/Sp.LD/ASD or developmental delay?


Can you keep your head in a crisis?


Can you motivate and support a young person to design and make a useful article from recycled materials?

Do you know how to grow vegetables or keep an allotment? And, are you capable to taking the lead in a gardening activity?

Could you organise and participate a sporting activity for 30 boys and young men, perhaps at a moment's notice?

Do you have creative skills which would be of interest to adolescent boys?

Can you empathise with chronic social difficulties, and yet keep firm professional boundaries?

Do you know how to offer discrete learning support within a classroom environment?


If so, we would like to hear from you!


The Polygon School is a specialist school that supports, educates and helps to make a difference to the lives of 70 young men with social, emotional and mental health issues.

This post will be working alongside a class teacher for most of the school day, but will also allow for a specific interest/skills to be developed as an Engagement activity for those who have become disaffected with learning.


The post is offered on a one year contract in the first instance, and is subject to annual review. It may be of interest to a new graduate who is considering a career in education, or to an experienced person looking for an interesting career change.


The work will involve working alongside children throughout the school day, to ensure that they can participate in all learning situations and in the wider life of the school, including “after school” clubs each day.

There will be a requirement to uphold all safeguarding procedures and school internal recording processes, to participate in the multi-agency meetings, and to make written reports to a good standard of English.


The post will be for 32.5 hours per week, term time only.

Occasional overtime hours by negotiation.


Salary Grade 6, Scale Point 12 at £22,759 per annum.  As this post is Term Time Only, the actual salary will start from £17,107 per annum.


Working hours between 8.30 and 15.30 Monday to Friday, during school term dates.

Starting date: 01-09-2022.


Job description, Person Specification and Application forms can be downloaded from this site or by emailing


The closing date for applications is 5 pm on Thursday 23rd June 2022.


Interviews will be held on Tuesday 28th June 2022 – candidates are advised to keep this date free.


For further information please read the documents below: