Please note that applications will be reviewed as received and should a suitable candidate be identified, we may close the vacancy early. Therefore, early application is encouraged.
Specialist Teaching Assistant
Actual Salary: £18,456 - £21,122 per annum
Hours: 32.68 hours per week, term time only - 39 weeks.
Start date: As soon as possible
Contract: Maternity Cover Only until June 2024.
About the Opportunity
St Luke’s is a 'Good' school (Ofsted, 2022), providing education for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
We are committed to achieving academic standards and individual growth of every child.
We have a very motivated staff who create an inspirational learning environment and we now have an excellent opportunity for someone with great interpersonal skills, confidence and the ability to relate well to students, to join our team as a Specialist Teaching Assistant.
You will be passionate, driven and have:
- Excellent communications skills
- Experience of working with children/young people who display challenging behaviour
- The ability to build a professional relationship, encouraging our students to access the curriculum
- A professional and flexible approach
- Ready to get involved and get stuck in
- Strong team work skills
- An interest in running additional activities, where your passions can be shared
- You will set high expectations for all
This is a great opportunity for those experienced in working with children/young people who display challenging behaviour. Or those with transferable skills, including graduates who may be looking to develop their skills and experience working with young people.
This is a challenging but rewarding role, so we want you to know that you will be well supported by an excellent Class Teacher, as well as a strong, brilliant Pastoral Support team. Our class sizes are usually between 5 and 10 students per class so this is very different to mainstream schools, but our students are worth it!
Do you think you have what it takes to make a real, positive difference?
We have fun while we work, so a good sense of humour is important!
We are a tight, close knit community at St Luke’s and we all look out for each other. Most of our students have social, emotional, and mental health difficulties rather than overt physical disabilities.
If you are not already Team Teach qualified, you will benefit from receiving this training. In addition to this, you will be kept up to date with the latest educational initiatives and benefit from a strong induction and support programme.
Many of our Teaching Assistants progress to become Teachers/Instructors. There is plenty of opportunity for development both within the school and across TWHF!
Visits to the school are encouraged, it’s important you gain a feel for the Academy’s journey, see our staff and students. So please come and see for yourself! Please contact St Luke's Academy directly to arrange a visit - our telephone number is available on our website.
The White Horse Federation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. If successful for this role, you will be expected to apply for a disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service before an appointment is confirmed. Please note that references will be sought on shortlisted candidates before the interview.
The White Horse Federation values uniqueness and recognises the benefit of having a diverse workforce. We value the contributions of all staff from a wide range of backgrounds and we are committed to building an inclusive workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. At The White Horse Federation, we believe that everyone should be treated with fairness and respect and share a commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at all of our schools. We welcome applications from all backgrounds and operate a fair recruitment process, free from discrimination against the protected characteristics, in line with the Equality Act 2010.
In line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023, we will be carrying out an online search as part of our pre-interview checks on shortlisted candidates.