Teaching Assistant

Posted 13/07/2022 by Chase Grammar School

Location:
WS11, Cannock, Staffordshire

The closing date for applications is 09:00 on Wednesday, 27 July 2022. 

Please send an up to date CV for this role.  You will then receive an Application form and Pre-Employment Medical form for your completion.  This documentation must be returned by the deadline of 27 July 2022.

Teaching Assistant

Chase Grammar School is looking for a dynamic, motivated and enthusiastic Teaching Assistant to join a thriving and successful school.  You will be expected to be committed to working with students of all ages. 

This role will also include 1 to 1 work supporting teachers in the classroom to help children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide students with the level and type of support specified by the teacher, whilst at the same time encouraging the students towards independence and accepting responsibility for their own behaviour.
  • Establish a good relationship with students by using language and other communication skills that the students can understand and relate to.
  • Promote positive pupil behaviour in line with school policies by the use of praise and encouragement.
  • To undertake playground supervision during the mid-morning and/or afternoon breaks and to deal with unruly behaviour and, where necessary, report difficulties to a member of the teaching staff.
  • Work under the direction of the teacher to prepare and maintain an effective learning environment, by preparing work materials and apparatus and clearing up afterwards.
  • To abide by and work towards all the policies within the school e.g. Health and Safety
  • To liaise regularly with the teacher and/or take part in planning meetings, inset days and any other meetings as required. 
  • To assist with language, literacy and numeracy development, and other activities under the direction of the teacher.
  • To assist in the recording of lessons and assessment as required by the teacher.

Key Areas

Work with Children;
Team Work;
Liaise with Parents/carers.

Responsible to: Moira Simpson, Vice-Principal

Person Specification:

Skills, aptitude, knowledge and experience

  • Previous experience of caring for, or working with children aged 0-5 in a voluntary or paid capacity
  • An understanding of the Early Learning Goals
  • Knowledge of the National Standards for the regulation of Childcare provision
  • A commitment to the provision of high quality childcare
  • A positive approach to learning and gaining new skills through teamwork and training opportunities
  • Interest in the care, learning and development of young children
  • An understanding of the Foundation Stage curriculum

Personal qualities

  • Good organisational, record keeping and planning skills
  • Punctuality
  • Excellent communication skills, with children, colleagues, advisors and parents/carers/carers.
  • Patience
  • Empathy with children, colleagues and parents/carers/carers
  • Reliability and trustworthiness
  • A positive approach to inclusive practice, with children and colleagues
  • Enthusiasm for working with young children
  • Flexibility – occasionally working hours might be changed, e.g. if the setting hosts a Parent’s Evening
  • Able to work in small teams

Qualifications

Completion of a recognised Level 2 Childcare or SENDCo qualification

A positive approach to gaining further qualifications

Some understanding of the importance of Health & Safety and Food Hygiene in the workplace

Completion of Safeguarding Awareness course (Group 2)

Health & Safety certificate

First Aid certificate

Completion of other relevant courses

Safeguarding   

Chase Grammar School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful candidate must be able to satisfy an enhanced disclosure check with the Disclosure and Barring Service and must attend and comply with all Safeguarding Training and the School’s Safeguarding Policy.

Terms & Conditions

Salary & Pension: the School will contribute a percentage of pensionable salary towards a pension scheme, such as the People’s Pension.

School Fees Remission: any child of an employee who, having satisfied the entry requirements, and at the Proprietor’s discretion, is admitted as a student to the School will receive the benefit of the staff discount of 50% remission of the School fees. This may be increased in the case of Scholarship or Sibling awards.

Working Hours:  normal working hours will be 08:20 – 17:00 Monday to Friday although the hours of work will reflect the fact that Chase is a busy boarding and day school and many events take place outside these regular hours. Attendance at key events is required including Parents’ Evenings, Information Evenings, Concerts, Productions, Fixtures, Presentations and Prize-Giving events.

Probation Period: an offer of employment will be subject to a probation period of one year, during which employment will be subject to termination with half a term’s notice.

Notice Period: following probation, you will be required to give the School one term’s notice.

Free Meals: will be provided throughout the year when the School’s kitchens are open.

Type:
Permanent
Start Date:
ASAP
Contract Length:
Permanent
Job Reference:
TA
Job ID:
213417311

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