The Priory Learning Trust is looking to recruit a Phonics Champion LSA to work Castle Batch Primary School Academy in Weston-super-Mare. Castle Batch is an exciting, forward thinking and dynamic primary academy, which Ofsted judged to be ‘good’ (November 2017). Ofsted said, ‘Castle Batch is an inclusive school, characterised by very good relationships and a caring ethos’. The school has very committed staff who work creatively, in partnership with parents, to enable children to achieve great outcomes. We also place great emphasis on supporting children on a social and emotional level and have a strong ethos of inclusion in relation to our SEND children.
This post is 10 hours per week Monday – Friday 1.10pm-3.10pm, term time only and is a one year fixed term contract until 31/08/2022 subject to funding.
We are looking for the right candidate to join our inclusive school from September 2021 to work under the direction and supervision of a class teacher / senior member of staff, supporting some of our learners in Yr1, Yr2 and Yr3 to ‘catch up’ with their phonics. We want to give them the best chance to succeed in all areas of school life and beyond.
Main Purpose of the Role:
You will be supporting children in either Key Stage 1 or lower Key Stage 2. You will play a crucial role in supporting the children’s learning in small group/individual situations. You will liaise with the class teacher and work as part of a strong team to provide a robust school experience for our children.
Support for pupils
• To develop a knowledge of a range of learning support needs and to develop an understanding of the specific needs of the pupil/s to be supported
• To supervise and provide particular support for pupils, ensuring their safety and access to learning activities
• To aid the pupils to learn as effectively as possible both in group situations and on his/her own by
• Providing support for individual children inside and outside the classroom to enable them to interact with others and engage in activities
The successful candidates will need:
• A good standard of education/ three or more GCSEs including maths and English at Grade C minimum or L2 literacy and numeracy
• Working towards or has achieved NVQ/VRQ Level 2 Teaching Assistant Qualification
• Experience and/or knowledge of successfully supporting children
• Creative and good at thinking ‘outside the box’
• An ability to adapt and respond to the needs of the children • Good interpersonal skills to communicate with the year group team and parents and children
• Knowledge of phonics
Knowledge or understanding of special educational needs (including communication difficulties)
About The Priory Learning Trust:
TPLT grew from an intent to bring the power of partnership and sharing to bear and provide a first-class education to a wide range of children, from all backgrounds.
At our heart is a passion to put ‘Students First’ and deliver exceptional education, beyond outstanding for every single child. We do this with a relentless drive for academic excellence, shared moral purpose and values combined with lots of fun and happiness. We believe that happy schools are also high-achieving, successful schools.
We strive for partnerships between students, families, staff and the wider community to create exceptional student outcomes. We also ‘cherish’ our staff. We believe they are amazing and are passionate to empower them through support, training, and career opportunities. With such brilliant people all aiming for the same goals, we are able to ensure every student achieves all that they are capable of and more, regardless of their background.
TPLT is also a successful Teaching School Alliance. In 2016, it was awarded the prestigious National Teaching School status - a rare accolade after it fulfilled a wide range of criteria in training teachers and supporting other schools. To become a Teaching School Alliance (TSA), academies must be judged outstanding or good and have a proven record of accomplishment of delivering exceptional teacher training and supporting other schools. This has been a great foundation on which to build for excellence. We know that this key focus on staff development will deliver exciting and effective learning to our children and young people.
Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to close the vacancy early.
The Priory Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment
Offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and Disclosure and Barring Service clearance
This vacancy will close on 30/08/2021
Interviews to be held on 03/09/2021