SEND Teaching Assistants

Are you passionate about making a positive impact in education? Do you thrive in a dynamic environment where every day brings new challenges and opportunities for growth? Look no further - we're searching for dedicated individuals to join us in shaping the future of education at Houghton Learning Hub!

Teaching Assistants are key members of our team supporting the educational journey of our students. To be an exceptional member of the Hub team you will need to be devoted to offering outstanding learning experiences that nurtures a young person’s self-awareness and personal growth. You will oversee safety and wellbeing in a collaborative team that centres around the young person.

Successful candidates will need an understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), safeguarding practices, and a minimum of Maths and English Level 2 alongside a further relevant Level 2 qualification.

Successful candidates must also be able to demonstrate alignment to our organisational VISION values:

  • Valuing Teamwork - We are one team who by working together can achieve great things, respecting the opinion and valuing the contribution each of us makes.
  • Improving Continuously - We challenge ourselves to always do better by trying new things, sharing knowledge, reflecting on practice and learning from others.
  • Student Centred - At our heart is always doing what is best for our students. We consider students in all of our decision making to create positive outcomes and memorable experiences for every student.
  • Inclusive - We celebrate differences and diversity, recognising that we can learn from each other.
  • Open and Caring - We care about the wellbeing of our staff, our students, our community and wider society, creating an environment built on trust where we listen, engage with and support each other.
  • Nurturing Education Excellence - We promote educational excellence by delivering programmes that challenge our students to achieve their ambitions.

About Houghton Learning Hub

The hub offers a unique environment where neurodiversity is celebrated and gives young people a space to grow. The hub is a place to support young people to make good choices that builds positive relationships and develops their intrinsic motivations to reach goals and develop aspirations. A rewarding place to work that is professional in a relaxed environment that maintains the highest of expectations where lives are changed for the better.

About The Bedford College Group

The Bedford College Group was formed in 2017 following the merger of Bedford College and Tresham College and is now the largest provider of education in the South East Midlands, with over 15,000 students passing through our doors each year.

Today, the Group is made up of a family of colleges across Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire: Bedford College, Central Bedfordshire College and Tresham College in the towns of Bedford, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough; Shuttleworth College, a specialist land-based college; The Bedford Sixth Form, (the only dedicated sixth form in Bedford); The Corby Sixth Form, (opened in September 2023); and the National College for Motorsport alongside Silverstone race circuit. To widen accessibility to education and training, the Group also has community-based Learning Centres in Bedford, Corby and Kettering which offer IT training.

Safeguarding our Students

The Bedford College Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to thorough vetting process which includes, an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Exceptions Order 1975, provides information about which convictions must be declared during job applications and related exceptions and further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide. The Bedford College Group's policy on Employment of Ex-Offenders is attached to this vacancy.

Candidates who are barred from working with children are reminded it is a criminal offence to apply for this post.

Terms and Conditions

  • 37 hours per week, 36 weeks per year (0.80727 FTE)
  • Actual salary from £17,760 per annum (Full-time equivalent salary is from £22,000 per annum), dependent on qualifications and experience.


  • Free on-site parking
  • Retail and leisure discounts
  • Peoples Pension

For further information about the role please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.