Behaviour Support Assistant at My Choice School

£ 14,407.00 per annum
Part Time - 8.30am to 4.30pm - Mon - Fri - Term Time Only - 31 hours per week

We are looking for a Behaviour Support Assistant to join our friendly team at My Choice School in Arundel.

My Choice School is an independent SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) school in rural West Sussex, and are committed to the learning and development of our young people.

My Choice School delivers ASDAN Short Courses and Functional Skills English and Maths (Entry1, 2, 3; L1 and L2) and has SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development) and safeguarding at the heart of our learning. You will have responsibility for a small class and will share our belief in a restorative approach to behaviour; will encourage our young people to learn from challenges and will share in the team commitment to the school community.

You will work with teachers and TA’s to support the development of relationships between students and to supervise and provide activities at breaktimes and throughout the day where necessary. Your role may see you inside or outside the classroom but you will share our belief in a restorative approach to behaviour. You will encourage our young people to learn from challenges and you will find the team's commitment to the school community very rewarding.

Your contracted hours of work will be 8:30am to 4:30pm enabling the teaching day and attendance at school meetings and meetings for students.

What will you receive from us?

This rewarding job will provide benefits far beyond salary, but you will also receive:

  • Extensive training and development opportunities
  • Supportive and friendly team
  • A Pension and access to the Staff Perkbox benefits scheme
  • Accredited training and qualifications available for staff
  • Career progression within the school

  What do you need to be successful?

  • Experience of teaching young people with complex emotional needs and challenging behaviour
  • Experience of Functional Skills and ASDAN awards
  • The ability to manage and encourage students to become independent learners, supporting their welfare alongside their emotional and behavioural development

We do not accept calls from agencies for any roles.

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Recruitment Process

Keeping in line with Children’s Homes Regulation 2015, Ofsted requirements and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022, our recruitment process comprises of two interviews (three for a teaching role), two inductions with online training.


We have an initial interview at our head office to ascertain skills and knowledge, verify identity proofs and DBS status. If a candidate is successful at interview at this stage, they will be invited to a second, informal interview at one of our eight children’s homes–our children and young people have a voice in this stage too!


If a candidate is successful at the second interview an offer of employment will be given and the candidate will be invited to a two day induction at head office to complete online courses including child exploitation and child protection.

The second induction will take place in the home you have been selected to work in.


My Choice can guarantee the following for their staff:

  • comprehensive and continued training
  • career development.

All staff are expected to gain their Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare Englandand are fully supported in this by our Learning and Development Manager. My Choice has a registered training centre with CACHE NCFE and all Diplomas are completed through the centre.

We also offer a bridging course to fill gaps in knowledge if a Level 3 has previously been achieved and we offer Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare England.

All new starters will be enrolled onto a course immediately after employment to ensure Regulation 32 of the Children’s Homes Regulation 2015 is met and adhered to.

My Choice also offer the Therapeutic Practitioners Award facilitated by Lifetrain UK ™ which develops our therapeutic practices within the company. Training provided but is not limited to –

  • Advanced child protection
  • Medication training
  • Self-harm
  • Equality and Diversity
  • CSE
  • Team Teach
  • Restorative justice
  • First aid
  • Food hygiene
  • Health and safety management.

At My Choice, career progression is measured by merit and commitment, not when a vacancy occurs within the company.

Employee Introduction Scheme

My Choice places great importance on the recruitment of experienced employees and we believe that you are the best people to understand the skills and qualities required to work within the Company. We therefore operate an Employee Introduction Scheme which is open to all employees, except Directors and HR.

If you know someone, who is experienced, suitably qualified and possesses the skills to work with young people, you could receive a cash award of £500.00 (subject to deduction of PAYE) made to you when you recommend a candidate who joins My Choice following your introduction.

As My Choice has an independent training centre located near Head office, all training takes place at this venue. The centre is registered with CACHE NCFE and provides a range of courses to staff namely as follows:

  • The Diploma 3 working with children and young people in residential care England
  • The Diploma 5 leadership and management award
  • The CAVA (assessor award)
  • The Level 4 in training and education
  • Early Years Diploma course