A helping hand from you. A head start for them.
We want all of our young people to have the best chance of success in life. The right support can really make an enormous difference. As a Higher Level Teaching Assistant, you will make a real impact on the holistic development of our children. Help our children to progress and you’ll have every opportunity to do the same with your career.
As a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at Hall Cliffe Primary School, you’ll be working directly with children. The role will involve covering for teaching staff as part of planned and unplanned absence. It is vital that you are able to think on your feet and enjoy the challenge of being able to quickly respond and adapt to the changing needs of the school.
You will be the line manager for other staff and take an active role in developing others. You will be a role model for other staff and lead by example.
You will support individual children and small groups by delivering interventions using a wide range of resources.
Key to this role is being able to foster strong, trusting relationships with children, staff and parents/carers. You must be able to truly understand and accept the needs behind the big behaviours. Our children can be physically and verbally aggressive. You will need to be able to have unconditional positive regard and be incredibly resilient, having an ability to bounce back time and time again. Our children need staff who understand the importance of connection before correction and understand and believe in a trauma informed approach. You will be able to make learning fun, active and hands on.
You must be computer literate as we use a range of databases and ICT every day. You must have good levels of literacy as you will be writing records and reports, providing feedback in children’s books and documenting communication with parents/carers and other outside agencies.
Our children demand a special kind of empathy, warmth and skill, it’s not your average HLTA role, but you’ll always have the very best resources at your disposal. This will allow you to focus on inspiring each and every one of our pupils.
It will be challenging and rewarding in equal measure, but you can expect to take home a sense of having done something amazing every single day. You will join our staff team of real life superheroes who are genuinely changing lives. We have magic moments every day. You’ll work as part of a collaborative team, alongside our education and pastoral staff as well as our in-house Education Psychologist, Assistant Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Mental Health Practitioners. All pulling together to ensure the best possible outcomes are achieved, ensuring that we prepare children for their next stages of life
As an experienced teaching assistant with NVQ level 3 or an existing HLTA with NVQ level 4 , you will have experience of providing cover for teaching staff. You will have good subject knowledge of what children will learn within the National Curriculum up to year 6, allowing you to lead sessions in any of our 5 classes. You will have up to date knowledge of safeguarding practices within education. You’ll have good understanding of adverse childhood experiences and how to work with a trauma informed approach. You will have the ability to really connect with children. You must be emotionally strong, stable and resilient and have great communication skills. You must be aware that there are occasional meetings outside school hours, for which your attendance will be required. You must have previous experience of teaching children to read using a phonics programme, ideally the ‘Read, Write Inc’ programme.
Hall Cliffe Primary School is a co-educational, independent, specialist day school providing high quality education for boys and girls aged 5-13 (although we currently only support pupils in key stage 1 and 2). Based in Wrenthorpe in Wakefield, the school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils with special educational needs including challenges linked to Social, Emotional and Mental Health Challenges including attachment, speech language and communication challenges, Autism, ADHD and Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). The school meets the needs of just 34 young people – enabling you to make a lasting difference.
For children with complex, challenging needs, the level of care and education must go above and beyond. That’s what drives us here at Witherslack Group. With our high staff-to-child ratio and in-house clinical teams, we’re proud to have won a reputation for excellence and market leading Ofsted ratings. Our aspirational homes, schools and ethos help us achieve the best possible outcomes. In short, we’re enhancing life opportunities.
We know you’re going to do great things as part of our brilliant team. To say thank you, we offer a salary and benefits package that’s among the best in our sector. In return for your hard work, you’ll enjoy a competitive salary, full school holidays (including bank holidays), contributory pension (matched up to 5%), Life Insurance based on two times your annual base salary, comprehensive induction and ongoing training, Medicash Health Plan/Employee Assistance, and Cycle to Work Scheme. We’ll also cover the cost of your Enhanced DBS check, which is a compulsory part of our recruitment process.
For further information please contact Claire Traynor – Head teacher on (phone number removed).
The Witherslack Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its young people. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community.
For a full job description and person specification, please see the attached document.