We are currently recruiting for Teaching Assistants to join our school. The Teaching Assistant role is vital in ensuring that our very complex and disabled children can go to school, to learn, make friends and have fun. It is hard work, and requires commitment, but it is a hugely fulfilling job and can bring real joy.
The role of a Teaching Assistant (TA)
At Chailey Heritage the teaching assistant job is very different to that in a mainstream school. You will support the teacher in creating opportunities for the children to learn, each in their own individual way. You will need to be creative and patient, and very observant, as you will need to write down observations for the teacher. However, as well as supporting teaching, you will be trained by nurses and therapists and senior staff to carry out other procedures.
What are we looking for?
- Literacy & Numeracy skills: You will need to write observations about the children, we don’t worry about spelling but we need to be able to read and understand them. You will need to be able to read and understand instructions on equipment and medicine bottles, syringes and so on.
- ICT skills: Many of our children rely on technology, for learning, for fun, for speaking and many more things, so you will need to be able to learn to use their technologies. Also we rely on e-mails and using our intranet and the internet to find information.
- Communication skills: you will need to be able to communicate effectively and appropriately with all sorts of people as well as the children, including: other professionals; parents & families; visitors.
- Common sense: a lot of what you will do will be following teachers’ and therapists or nurses’ instructions, but once you are competent, you may well be working on your own with a child. We need to be sure that you will be safe and that the input you give to the child will be useful and relevant. There are also many ‘health & safety’ factors to understand working with our children.
- Team work: you will be a member of many teams. It is crucial that we work together effectively and efficiently, and this means excellent communication, co-operation and respect for each other.
What we offer
- Hours of work are 32.5 hours per week (9am - 4pm), Monday to Friday, term time only.
- Competitive rates of pay, Starting salary of £12,765 rising to £15,232
- Career progression opportunities within the school, for higher level TA posts with additional responsibilities salary starting at £15,754 rising to £18,779.
- Once trained, teaching assistants can also register as bank staff to work on our residential bungalows out of school hours, at weekends and in the holidays, as well as at our holiday clubs. This can bring you a significant additional income.
Chailey Heritage Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults; as such an enhanced DBS disclosure is required.
Chailey Heritage Foundation is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion for all its young people and staff.