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Teaching Assistant

Cleeve Meadow Final Small

Job Title:  Teaching Assistant

Closing date:  Tuesday 15th December 2020

Location:  Cleeve Meadow School

Interview date: To be confirmed

Salary / salary range: £22,185 to £22,587 pro rata

Start date: January 2021

Hours:  25 Hours per week 39 weeks

 

Cleeve Meadow School is an ambitious and dynamic new special free school providing a highly specialised education for 120 students between 11 and 19 years of age, who have moderate learning difficulties and may have associated additional needs. These may include; speech, language and communication difficulties, autism, sensory impairments and physical disabilities.

The school is particularly distinctive from existing local provision as it works in dual partnership with its co-located mainstream school, Cleeve Park, wherever possible to maximise inclusivity of SEN students to mainstream education and providing access to mainstream teaching and shared facilities. Staff also benefit from partnership working and shared professional development.

Cleeve Meadow School delivers an innovative and challenging curriculum within a small class setting of up to 11 students through a creative arts-based specialism with a focus on outdoor education.

Cleeve Meadow School fosters a culture that is positive and collaborative, valuing and respecting every member of the community equally. Building positive relationships with parents and encouraging their full involvement in their child’s education is paramount to the school’s values. Cleeve Meadow aims to ensure that the students have the maximum opportunity to participate fully in society to enhance their life chances. The support and guidance students receive from staff will give them the confidence to learn independently and strive to achieve. The school aims to be a centre of excellence for its students, parents/carers, staff, local authorities and the wider community.

We are proud of our dynamic and positive team approach to delivering the best possible education and life opportunities for our students and welcome applications from excellent and committed applicants who have a genuine desire to provide an outstanding education for our students.

Working for TKAT:

In return, as an employee of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT), you will benefit from:

  • A wide variety of opportunities for professional development, including the potential to develop your career at more than one TKAT academy;
  • Opportunities to work flexibly, where possible;
  • Our support for your wellbeing at work; and
  • The rewards of working to improve the life chances of our pupils.

Safeguarding

TKAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Offers of employment will be subject to the full Safer Recruitment process, including an enhanced disclosure and barring service check.

Equal Opportunities

TKAT is committed to equality of opportunity. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of any protected characteristic for example race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit. This includes applications from individuals wishing to work full time, part time or on a flexible basis.

Teaching Assistant Job Description

  • To work under the instruction of teaching/senior staff, usually in the classroom with the Teacher, Senior TA to support access to learning for students and provide general support to the teacher in the management of students and the classroom.
  • Support students consistently whilst recognising and responding to their individual needs ensuring their safety and encourage students to interact with others and to engage in activities led by the teacher.
  • Set challenging expectations to promote independence and self-esteem providing feedback to students in relation to progress and achievement.
  • Establish constructive relationships with students, and interact with them according to individual needs, promoting the inclusion/acceptance of all students.
  • Create and maintain a purposeful, orderly and supportive environment, in accordance with lesson plans and assist in the display of student’s work
  • Use strategies, in liaison with the teacher, to support students’ learning
  • Act as a role model.
  • Provide regular feedback to the teacher on student achievement, progress, problems etc.
  • Where appropriate to mark student work in order to provide formative feedback and inform further teaching
  • Promote good student behaviour, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established policy and encourage students to take responsibility for their own behaviour. 
  • To train in positive intervention strategies, carrying out behaviour plans and noting any changes in behavioural patterns.
  • Establish constructive relationships with parents/carers
  • To carry out medical procedures according to care plans after training and authorisation (e.g. asthma, epilepsy) as appropriate.
  • To carry out all student’s personal hygiene requirements as necessary.
  • Provide clerical and administration support for teacher.
  • Undertake structured and agreed learning activities/teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to student responses/needs.
  • Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop students’ competence and independence in its use.
  • Awareness of the school’s educational and behavioural policies for developing students
  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school.
  • Attend and participate in regular meetings, training and other learning activities as required.
  • Assist with educational visits.
  • To be aware of any health and safety and child protection concerns and report them to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • Be aware of and support difference and ensure all students have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.

Personal Specification 

For this role, you will have:    

Essential

  • Experience working with children relevant age
  • Effective use of ICT support learning
  • Basic understanding of child development and learning
  • Ability to self-evaluate learning needs and actively seek learning activities
  • Ability to relate well to children and adults
  • Work constructively as part of a team

Desirable

  • DfES Teaching Assistant induction programme NVQ 2 for Teaching Assistants or equivalent qualification
  • Training in the relevant learning strategies e.g.  Literacy
  • First Aid, safeguarding training
  • Understanding of relevant policies/code of practice and awareness of relevant legislation including safeguarding
  • General understanding of national / foundation stage curriculum and other basic learning programmes / strategies 
  • Use of other equipment technology – video, photocopier

Teaching Assistant

JOB DESCRIPTION

ACCOUNTABLE TO

The Class Teacher and ultimately the Head of School

SCALE

Bexley Scale 5  £22,185 - £22,587 pro rata for 25 hours per week, Term time plus inset days

JOB PURPOSE

To work under the instruction of teaching/senior staff, usually in the classroom with the Teacher, Senior TA to support access to learning for students and provide general support to the teacher in the management of students and the classroom.

Responsibilities

Carry out all duties and responsibilities in accordance with School policies and procedures and statutory requirements.

  • Work may be carried out in the classroom or outside the main teaching area.
  • To support the class teacher to ensure students’ progress academically and socially.
  • To assist the class teacher in assessing and monitoring student progress

Areas of Accountability

  • Assist Teachers/Senior TA in ensuring students’ continuing educational development through establishing constructive relationships and contributing to Individual Education / Behaviour Plans.
  • Assist Teachers/Senior TA in fostering attractive learning environments to ensure that students spend their school life in stimulating surroundings.
  • Prepare, maintain and use equipment / resources required to meet the lesson plans / relevant learning activity and assist students in use.
  • To ensure records and observations are kept so that students receive the maximum benefit from their education.
  • Assist teachers in assessing, monitoring and tracking student progress.

General Responsibilities

  • Support students consistently whilst recognising and responding to their individual needs ensuring their safety and encourage students to interact with others and to engage in activities led by the teacher.
  • Set challenging expectations to promote independence and self-esteem providing feedback to students in relation to progress and achievement.
  • Establish constructive relationships with students, and interact with them according to individual needs, promoting the inclusion/acceptance of all students.
  • Create and maintain a purposeful, orderly and supportive environment, in accordance with lesson plans and assist in the display of student’s work
  • Use strategies, in liaison with the teacher, to support students’ learning
  • Act as a role model.
  • Provide regular feedback to the teacher on student achievement, progress, problems etc.
  • Where appropriate to mark student work in order to provide formative feedback and inform further teaching
  • Promote good student behaviour, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established policy and encourage students to take responsibility for their own behaviour. 
  • To train in positive intervention strategies, carrying out behaviour plans and noting any changes in behavioural patterns.
  • Establish constructive relationships with parents/carers
  • To carry out medical procedures according to care plans after training and authorisation (e.g. asthma, epilepsy) as appropriate.
  • To carry out all student’s personal hygiene requirements as necessary.
  • Provide clerical and administration support for teacher.
  • Undertake structured and agreed learning activities/teaching programmes, adjusting activities according to student responses/needs.
  • Support the use of ICT in learning activities and develop students’ competence and independence in its use.
  • Awareness of the school’s educational and behavioural policies for developing students
  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school.
  • Attend and participate in regular meetings, training and other learning activities as required.
  • Assist with educational visits.
  • To be aware of any health and safety and child protection concerns and report them to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • Be aware of and support difference and ensure all students have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.

Review of job description

 

This job description is intended to provide guidance on the range of duties associated with the post. It is not intended to provide a full and exclusive definition of the post and the post holder may be required to undertake additional duties by the Head of School. It may be subject to modification and amendment at any time after consultation with the post holder.


Applications have closed for this role