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Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Gorseland Primary School
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11 March 2021 12:00 PM
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  • £23,541 - £27,041 pro rata 
  • 32 hpw, plus planning, 38 weeks per year.

We are seeking to appoint a Grade 4 Teaching Assistant (HLTA) within the Specialist Support Unit (SSU) ideally from Summer Term 2021 or September 2021, if required, for the right candidate.

The role would be across our SSU classes which consists of:

  • KS1 Specialist Unit
  • KS2 Cognition and Learning Unit
  • Year 7 and 8 Cognition and Learning Unit

The children are taught by their ability, not by their age, with the exception of Year 7 and 8 who remain together.

The role will involve, but not be limited to:

  • Planning for teacher cover across the SSU: daily planning and assessing of the childrens’ learning. Medium term planning, target setting and assessing in the subjects that you cover are expected.
  • Liaising with stakeholders and reporting back to the line manager.
  • Leading a team of Teaching Assistants to deliver lessons and cater to the children’s needs.
  • Actively taking the lead within the SSU and leading by example in attitude, enthusiasm and professionalism.
  • Being computer literate in case there is the need for online learning.
  • Taking the lead in supporting children who are dysregulated and delegating to others when appropriate.
  • Attending CPD to further knowledge in SEND and how children learn.
  • Attendance at all Professional Development days.
  • Personal care for some children.
  • Helping the children to learn social skills throughout the day, including playtime and lunchtime.

In our most recent Ofsted report, dated December 2017, it stated:

‘Pupils in the school’s specialist support centre are supported very well and make excellent progress.’

‘Pupils in the specialist support centre have provision that clearly identifies their needs and ensures their individual progress.’

‘Pupils in the unit arrive with low levels of attainment. They make excellent progress within a year of joining the school. Progress in speaking and listening and in social and emotional development are particularly strong.’

We need to recruit a Teaching Assistant (HLTA) who:

  • Has knowledge and experience of SEND, including autism, communication difficulties and global developmental delay. The ability to use Makaton signing is desirable.
  • Has experience of leading a class of children with a mixture of abilities.
  • Has understanding of the Key Stage Standards and the Engagement Model and can assess accurately against these.
  • Has the ability to work as part of an existing team and lead them throughout the day.
  • Has the ability to work with a range of stakeholders, including liaising with parents about events in the day, both positive and negative.
  • Is flexible, enthusiastic, skilled and committed to working with children with SEN demonstrating kindness and patience.
  • Has proven ability to skilfully change unwanted pupil behaviours.
  • GCSE Grades A-C in English and maths or equivalent.
  • Considerable expertise or specialism in assisting the progress of children with Special Educational Needs.

 If you would like a virtual tour of the SSU, then please follow this link for a tour that we created for the children in the Summer of 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLtGAtUSsqA&t=4s

Informal chats to see if the role is suitable for you with the SSU Lead or Deputy are warmly welcomed and will be held by Zoom at specified times.  Please contact the School Office if you are interested in this.

Gorseland Primary School is in the Kesgrave/Martlesham area and is an ‘Outstanding’ school (Ofsted, December 2017).

Please look at our website: www.gorseland.net where you can find out more about the school.

Application forms may be submitted to Elizabeth Leonard via post or email: eleonard@gorseland.net

Interview date: 22 March 2021.

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