Teaching Assistant

£85 Per Day

Monday to Friday, Term Time Only. 08:30 – 16:00 (16:30 on Wednesday, 15:30 on Friday).

Salary: £85pd. 60 working days Temp to Perm. Annual salary is not pro-rata. TA is ideally a driver due to the rural location of the school outside the Haywards Heath area.

Brief Description of Job (Purpose):

To work as a Teaching Assistant, supporting young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health or/and associated needs (12- 16-year-olds, mixed).

Purpose of the job:

  • To work in partnership with and support the teaching staff, principally in connection with the care and education of primary classes, but also other classes as deemed appropriate.
  • To be a positive team member, contributing to the well-being and life of the whole school community.
  • To occasionally supervise or cover whole classes or cover the whole class for the first day of a teacher’s absence, when and if necessary, following agreed plans (with appropriate supervision from a teacher, not necessarily based on the class).
  • To promote the inclusion of all pupils.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
• Take responsibility for the delivery of learning activities with small groups who would benefit from a different learning approach, as agreed.
• Support children’s use of basic language skills, developing vocabulary in all areas of the curriculum and encouraging questioning.
• Ability to support young people in self-regulating and helping them find strategies to manage their behaviour.
• Carry out learning activities, as designed through joint planning with the teacher.
• Assist children in the safe use of equipment with due regard to health and safety.
• Support classroom routines and establish a caring ethos and safe environment for the children.
• Assist children during creative and practical activities e.g. ICT, art, design technology, cookery, model-making, science investigation and other activities
appropriate to the year group.
• Actively encourage children’s independence and the development of self-help skills.
• Discuss with the teacher ways of working with the children that enable them to develop their full potential.
• Contribute to planning meetings.
• Make observations and keep notes on children’s performance, liaising with the teacher about their progress. Keep assessment files up-to-date.
• Preparing and replacing materials in liaison with the class teacher and other admin tasks.
• Promote good practice both through the presentation of children’s work in displays and in interactive displays that encourage questioning and vocabulary.
• Helping establish harmonious relationships with parents and carers.
• Offer comfort and support to children who are distressed or unsettled.
• To offer care and attention to children when they are unwell or require first aid in accordance with the school policy.
• To accompany small groups of children on out-of-school trips e.g. local shops etc.
• To take part in in-service training that further develops your professional skills and knowledge.
• To supervise children in the playground on a rota basis.
• To respect and value the strengths of your colleagues to enable you to create an enabling learning environment.
• To support with afterschool activities when required.

Important Notice: For you to be successful in applying for the above position you should be eligible to work in the UK or hold a relevant work visa. Safeguarding, quality and integrity are at the heart of what we do. Pink Tile is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people within education. During the application process, you will be required to:

– Provide details for us to complete reference checks prior to employment.

– Provide an Enhanced DBS on the update service or be willing to obtain one (which Pink Tile can assist with).

Pink Tile Education, their schools and candidates all share the view of “Best Fit, Every Time” and our role is to ensure that every candidate we place has a positive impact on the team of their new employers. 

We have a policy, as a matter of courtesy, to respond to all applications within three working days. However, because of the volume of applications, we sometimes cannot reply to individual enquiries. If we have not contacted you within this specified time, your application may have been unsuccessful on this specific occasion, but we encourage you to apply for positions that you may see in the future. Alternatively, please check missed calls and all your email folders as it may have been that we have tried to reach you. Thank you. 

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