Psychology Graduate Teaching Assistant - Merton

Teaching Assistant/Learning Support Assistant - Merton, South West London

Ref: 4624Monday 22 April 2024

£90 - £100 PAYE, Weekly Payment

Psychology Graduate Teaching Assistant

London Borough of Merton

Full-Time (Mondays 8:30am - 4:30pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30am - 3:45pm, Fridays 8:30am - 3:30pm)

Salary: £90 - £100 PAYE per day, Weekly Payment

ASAP Start

I am currently working in partnership with a prestigious SEN school located in Merton, South West London. The school is looking for a Psychology Graduate Teaching Assistant to join their friendly and supportive team. This position is full-time (term-time only) and ASAP start.


Highlights of being a Psychology Teaching Assistant:

  • Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4pm 
  • ‘Outstanding’ special school for pupils aged between 11 and 19
  • Providing fun and stimulating sensory-related activities
  • Utilising creative arts into their curricula, such as music, arts, drama, and dance
  • Promoting pupils’ wellbeing
  • ASAP start
  • £90 - £100 PAYE; weekly payment
  • Opportunities to become a permanent staff

Ideal Psychology Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Graduates who studied either Psychology, Criminology, Education Studies or Creative Arts are welcome to apply!
  • Has experience working with children and young people with special needs
  • Has personal interests in supporting children and young people with special needs
  • A positive, proactive, and patient individual who has a can-do attitude and is willing to learn
  • A team player and has great communication skills
  • Being able to build good working relationships with students and staff


Psychology Graduate Teaching Assistant's Main Responsibilities

  • Supporting children with Autism/ASC, complex needs, and Severe to Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties (SLD/PMLD)
  • Assisting the class teacher with planning, preparing, and delivering learning activities, as well as monitoring and assessing children’s achievement and progress
  • Actively involved in a wide range of activities, promoting the physical, cognitive, cultural, social, and emotional well-being of the pupils
  • Actively interacting with children through play-based and sensory-related activities

Some of our students are non-verbal and with such a wide range of learning difficulties. Students are supported by a multidisciplinary team including Physiotherapists, Art Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech and Language Therapists. Some students may also have physical disabilities and are wheelchair users. Being able to use Makaton (sign language) or PECs is ideal. Personal Care (feeding and toileting) and hydrotherapy are required as this is a part of the job.


If you want to hear more about our SEND opportunities, please get in touch!

You can apply by response to this advert or send an email to

If you are not contacted within 5 working days, unfortunately, you have been unsuccessful for this role. However, we will keep your CV and you are welcome to contact us to discuss your SEND career development.

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