What we are looking for and our training

So what are we looking for? What about our training and development?

Teaching Assistants

You do not need to have worked as a Teaching Assistant or with autistic children. That would be ideal but it is not essential. Being a successful Teaching Assistant combines many personal qualities. You will be caring and sensitive to the needs of our pupils, be patient and resilient but above all be committed to the job and to making school a place which our pupils want to come to. You will value diversity and be committed to working safely.

You may have a personal connection with autism or the desire to work with autistic children or possess real life experiences working with autistic children and young people. You probably will not have lots of experience yet, but you will need to share our values and be willing to make a difference to the lives of autistic children and young people.

Educationally you will possess GCSE Maths and English (Grades A-C) or the equivalent or be willing to gain these qualifications within your first year of employment as well. You must also possess at least a relevant Level 2 qualification.

Residential Support Workers 

If you have previous experience of working in a residential environment for autistic children, that would be fantastic but we know you are unlikely to have that experience. 

You will though be patient, inspiring, caring and sensitive towards the children and young people in your care.  Have resilience and be able to work proactively with challenging behaviour, be a good listener, able to report and record information accurately, willing and able to provide personal care, work as part of team and yet able to work independently with minimal support as required. You will value diversity and be committed to working safely.

You will possess GCSE (grades A - D) in Maths and English or the equivalent, along with a Level 3 Children & Young Peoples Workforce Diploma or equivalent, or you must be willing to undertake and achieve this qualification as it is a requirement of the role.

For the positions at Clayton Croft Children's Home you must also be able to work weekends and public holidays including Christmas and New Year. 


We are not expecting you to be fully trained and able to hit the ground running from the word go.  Initially you will receive a two week induction course course covering a variety of topics including an understanding of autism, SPELL, safeguarding, Studio 3 physical intervention techniques, lifting and handling, various on line training training modules and work shadowing. 

However this is not the end of it. You will receive regular in house training updating your knowledge and competence in a variety of areas whether this is through direct training, on line or off site courses. On average our front line staff receive on average 5 days off the job learning and development per year.  

Safer Recruitment

We take the safety and welfare of the children and young people who are placed with us very seriously and as such we strictly follow Safer Recruitment and Keeping Children Safe in Education advised practices. So what does mean?

  • We do not accept CV's - all applications have to be on an application form. You can use your CV as a guide. We will have a plentiful supply of pens!
  • We need a full work history from school to present day with no gaps. So for example if you were in full time education or unemployed this has to be declared.
  • We are thorough with our references. We will take references from your current or last employer, along with any organisations you have worked for in the last five years along with any firm or organisation where you worked with children. So to bring these details with you will help us enormously.
  • We will verify your identity and right to work in the UK. A current passport is ideal. 
  • and you will be subject to an Enhanced Criminal Records and Barring for working with children and adults check.