Classroom assistants are vital members of the multi-disciplinary team at Ceara, they provide instructional help to children by reinforcing concepts and skills the teacher has introduced. They implement social skills, sensory and communication programmes devised by the class teacher or therapist and make considerable contributions to pupils IEPs and classroom planning.
Educating a child at Ceara is a multidisciplinary collaborative process. Teachers and classroom assistants work in collaborative association in order to ensure that our special children reach their very highest potentials in all areas of the curriculum.
In a classroom context work set by the teacher is supplemented, developed and expanded by her classroom assistants. Staff in each classroom are seen as a closely working team; albeit a team working under the direction of the teacher within a framework set by the Northern Ireland Curriculum and a child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
There are currently 36 permanent classroom assistants employed at Ceara School. All classroom assistants at Ceara have the very highest academic qualifications with a significant number having third level qualifications i.e. Early Childhood Studies degrees.
We are fortunate that all classroom assistants at Ceara have considerable levels of experiences within a special school context. At Ceara we are indeed fortunate to have classroom assistants who have the very highest levels of experience in autism; ICT; Intimate Care Procedures; Manual Handling; Communication Skills and Behaviour Management Techniques.
All classroom assistants are registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and have an AccessNI enhanced disclosure check carried out annually. Child protection and manual handling training are updated on a yearly basis for all.