Teaching Assistant

Contract type: Permanent 

Hours: Full time 42 hours per week, term time only 

Salary: £11.50 -13.39 per hour depending on experience 

Anticipated start date: ASAP

Closing date: 7th February 2024

Interviews: Expected shortly after closing

Location: Swanbourne, Buckinghamshire

Job Overview 

Swanbourne House School, based between Aylesbury and Winslow are looking for a Learning Assistants to inspire children in EYFS in a Prep School that provides pupils with an engaging, collaborative and progressive teaching and learning community.  
 
You will have a passion for working with children, have a warm and open personality and really want to make a difference to pupils in their day-to-day education setting.

Purpose of the job:

You will give support to pupils, individually or in groups, so they can access the curriculum, experience a sense of achievement, develop confidence, independence, self-esteem and social inclusion.

Teaching and Learning  

  • Demonstrate an informed and efficient approach to teaching and learning by adopting relevant strategies to support the work of the class teacher and increase achievement of pupils needing targeted intervention or with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)  

  • Use effective behaviour management strategies consistently in line with the school’s policy and procedures  

  • Organise and manage teaching space and resources to help maintain a stimulating and safe learning environment, both indoors and outdoors.

  • Use ICT skills to advance pupils’ learning  

  • To contribute to organising and setting up an enabling environment.

  • Contribute to effective assessment and planning by supporting the monitoring, recording and reporting of pupil performance and progress as appropriate to the level of the role  

  • Read and understand lesson plans shared prior to lessons, if available 

  • Prepare the classroom/learning support area for lessons 

  • Use allocated time to devise clearly structured activities that interest and motivate learners and advance their learning 

  • Plan how they will support the inclusion of pupils in the learning activities 

  • Contribute to breakfast club and after school care and activities 

Working with Colleagues and Other Relevant Professionals  

  • Communicate effectively with the class teacher, Head of EYFS, learning support team, other staff members and pupils, and with parents and carers under the direction of the Head of Lower School  

  • Communicate their knowledge and understanding of pupils to the SENDCo and other school staff and education, health and social care professionals, so that informed decision making can take place on intervention and provision  

  • Understand their role in order to be able to work collaboratively with classroom teachers and other colleagues, including specialist advisory teachers  

  • Collaborate and work with colleagues and other relevant professionals within and beyond the school  

  • Develop effective professional relationships with colleagues 

Whole-School Organisation, Strategy and Development  

  • Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the school’s policies, practices and procedures, so as to support the school’s values and vision  

  • Make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of the school 

Health & Safety 

  • Promote the safety and wellbeing of pupils, and help to safeguard pupils’ and nurture pupils. 

  • Requirements of Keeping Children Safe in Education and our school’s safeguarding policy.

  • Look after children who are upset or have had accidents 

Professional Development  

  • Help keep their own knowledge and understanding relevant and up-to-date by reflecting on their own practice, liaising with school leaders and SENDCo, and identifying relevant professional development to improve personal effectiveness  

  • Take opportunities to build the appropriate skills, qualifications, and/or experience needed for the role, with support from the school  

  • Take part in the school’s appraisal procedures 

Personal & Professional Conduct  

  • Uphold public trust in the education profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school  

  • Have proper and professional regard for the ethos, policies and practices of the school, and maintain high standards of attendance and punctuality  

  • Demonstrate positive attitudes, values and behaviours to develop and sustain effective relationships with the school community  

  • Respect individual differences and cultural diversity 

This job description reflects the present requirements of the post and as duties and responsibilities change/develop, the job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the post holder

You can view the full candidate pack here!

Stowe School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers, the Disclosure and Barring Service and an online background check with our 3rd party provider SP-Index.

The School reserves the right to withdraw the advert before the closing date. 

Person Specification  

The selection of candidates for short-listing will be based on this specification and candidates should bear this in mind when preparing their application and completing the application form:  

Attributes

Essential

Desirable

Qualifications

  • Strong academic record including Maths and English GCSE grade C (or equivalent) or better.  (Please include this information in your application form). 

  • Level 2 Qualification for EYFS 

  • Qualifications relating to the role of TA (or evidence of working towards gaining such qualifications) 

  • Good Higher Education or Further Education qualifications  

  • Grade A or B in both English and Maths GCSE or equivalent 

  • First Aid qualifications. 

  • Level 3 or above Qualification for EYFS 

Specialist Skills & Experience 

  • Experience of supporting children within the EYFS and Key Stage 1 

  • Experience of working in a school and/or nursery context.   

  • Excellent literacy knowledge and skills 

  • *Experience of: 

  • Teaching and supporting children with SEN.  

  • Working with and supporting children with challenging behaviour. 

  • Running intervention programmes. 

  • Knowledge of EYFS or KS1 assessment, curriculum, and planning. 

Personal Skills 

  • Enjoy working with children. 

  • Able to have a good rapport with children. 

  • Dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. 

  • Enthusiastic 

  • Hardworking, flexible and motivated. 

  • Team player and excellent interpersonal skills.  

  • Good verbal communication skills including ability to communicate effectively with carers and parents. 

  • Able to take the initiative.  

  • Confidentiality and sensitivity. 

  • Willingness and ability to undertake lunchtime duties and wrap around care.  

  • Ability to work with and manage children with challenging needs – EAL, SEN and very able pupils.  

  • Ability and experience of communicating with parents within a school or nursery context. 

  • Good IT skills.  

  • Skills and interests that could help enrich children’s learning e.g. MFL, cooking, gardening, music and so on.  

To apply now , please download the application form for this job here. We look forward to receiving your application.