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Teaching Assistant

Brookfields Special School
School name

Brookfields Special School

School website

http://www.brookfieldsschool.org/

School type

Special

Job Title Teaching Assistant
Job Type

Classroom Support (TA)

Start Date

02/09/2019

Hours

Full Time

Employment

Permanent

Salary

14,157 - 14,729

Closing date for applications

30/08/2019

Contact for further information hr@brookfields.w-berks.sch.uk
  • To support the teacher / Learning Support Assistant in the smooth and effective running of the class
  • To consistently promote positive values, attitudes and behaviour
  • To support pupils in their learning and development, in small groups or with individual pupils as directed, treating them with respect and consideration
  • To help raise standards of achievement for all pupils
  • To encourage all pupils to participate in all aspects of school life
  • To encourage the social and emotional development of pupils
  • To help pupils to become more independent

To promote equality as an integral part of the role and to treat everyone with fairness and dignity.

 To recognise health and safety is a responsibility of every employee, to take reasonable care of self and others and to comply with the Schools Health and Safety policy and any school-specific procedures / rules that apply to this role.

 To promote the welfare of children and to support the school in safeguarding children though relevant policies and procedures.

 Working under the direction and supervision of a qualified Teacher or Learning Support Assistant:

 Planning & Expectations

 Working within school policies and procedures to: 

  • Promote equal opportunities for all pupils
  • To contribute to discussions, with the Teacher and Learning Support Assistant, on the development of work programmes, work activities and support programmes for pupils
  • Contribute to the preparation of teaching resources / materials
  • Provide feedback to pupils and the Teacher

 Monitoring & Assessment                 

  • Support Teachers in evaluating pupils’ progress
  • Monitor pupils’ responses to learning and provide feedback
  • Contribute to maintaining records of pupils’ progress, if required

 

Teaching & Learning Activities 

  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with pupils to support their learning
  • Promote and support the inclusion of all pupils in the learning activities in which they are involved
  • Encourage good behaviour in line with the school’s policy and procedures
  • Respond to equal opportunities issues as they arise by challenging bullying and harassment and reporting to the Teacher / Learning Support Assistant as necessary
  • To assist with the supervision of, and encourage good behaviour amongst pupils
  • Safely manage the learning activities, the teaching space and resources in the school

 

Professional Values & Practice 

  • Have high expectations of all pupils and assist the promotion / reinforcement of pupils’ self-esteem
  • Respect pupils’ social, cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic backgrounds
  • Be committed to raising the educational achievement of pupils
  • Build and maintain successful relationships with pupils, treating them consistently with respect and consideration and to be concerned for their development as learners
  • Demonstrate and promote the same positive values, attitudes and behaviour that are expected from pupils
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Carry out all aspects of the role effectively and to seek help, advice or guidance when necessary
  • To work with individuals or small groups under the supervision of the Teacher

 

General 

  • Maintain a safe environment for pupils, staff and visitors to the school
  • Supervise pupils off site on school trips and other external visits
  • Provide welfare support for pupils

 

Additional Duties 

Any other duties which reasonably fall within the purpose of the post, and which may be allocated by the Teacher / Learning Support Assistant.  This may include: 

  • Swimming sessions
  • Collecting money
  • Chasing absences
  • Preparing class lists
  • Record keeping and filing
  • Produce classroom displays
  • Stocktaking
  • Support to incoming pupils on work experience placements at the school
  • Responding to IT malfunctions by carrying out basic checks and where necessary requesting appropriate technical assistance
  • Supervise pupils during the lunch break
  • Collate pupil reports
  • Any other duties as directed by the Teacher / Learning Support Assistant that are commensurate with the responsibilities of the role. This might include assisting children with personal cleanliness, dressing and undressing as appropriate

Qualifications & Experience 

  • Relevant qualifications to include either GCSE English and Maths grades A to C or Sub level 2 vocational qualification - Desirable
  • 2 years’ demonstrable and relevant experience within a school based setting - Desirable
  • Experience of working with children with special needs - Desirable
  • Qualified First Aider - Desirable

Knowledge 

  • Knowledge of the Early Year’s Curriculum or National Curriculum - Essential
  • Understanding the child protection, safeguarding and bullying issues and able to demonstrate understanding of own accountabilities - Essential
  • Knowledge of the key factors that can affect the way pupils learn - Essential
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the key factors that can affect the ways pupils learn - Essential
  • Awareness of and willing to promote the School’s social inclusion policies and practices - Essential

Skills and Abilities 

  • Sound literacy and numeracy skills - Essential
  • Ability to make use of ICT to support pupils’ learning - Essential
  • Able to confidently and competently apply knowledge and skills acquired from training into a practical classroom context - Essential
  • Good planning and organisational skills - Essential
  • Ability to motivate and encourage pupils - Essential

Work-related Personal Qualities 

  • Actively enjoys working with children and has empathy with pupils and is sympathetic to their needs - Essential
  • Professionally discreet and able to respect confidentiality - Essential
  • Flexible approach to tasks - Essential
  • Firm, sensitive and effective approach towards pupil discipline - Essential
  • Confident and able to use own initiative - Essential
  • Awareness of child protection and bullying issues - Essential
  • Willingness to work as part of a team - Essential
  • Ability to form effective relationships with colleagues and students, understand professional boundaries and demonstrate suitability to work with children - Essential

Other Work-related Requirements 

  • Suitability to work with Children - Essential
  • DBS Check - Essential
  • Patient and resilient - Essential
  • Willing to attend evening meetings as required - Essential
  • Willing to attend training, including intervention training, and implement actions - Essential
  • Able to manage the physical aspects of working with children with SEN (such as floor work, manual handling, standing for prolonged periods and toileting and changing) - Essential

Our School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks along with other relevant employment checks.

We are committed to securing genuine equality of opportunity in all aspects of our activities as an employer and education provider.

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