32.5 hours per week / Pro-Rata £20,903 - £22,183 (Actual £15,725 - £16,668)
Point scale depending on Experience
(Term time only + Teacher Development Days)
Grade F – Fixed term until 31st August 2021
Downland School is a maintained community special school for pupils aged between 10 and 16
who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). In most cases the primary identified need is Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and associated behavioural difficulties. The majority of pupils also have additional special educational need(s) such as Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), Attention Deficit Difficulties (ADHD), Speech, language and Communication needs (SLCN), oppositional Conduct and Attachment Disorders.
Over recent years we have expanded our provision and currently offer 90 day placements for
pupils referred by the local authorities. Primarily our pupils come from Wiltshire, however, we have also educated pupils from BANES, Swindon, Somerset and Hampshire and continue to do so.
The school is situated on the southern edge of Devizes in beautiful countryside and opened in
1971. We are a happy, friendly and inclusive school. We are pleased to accommodate pupils with varying aptitudes and abilities and we are proud of the achievements and progress that all the pupils make. The staff work as a cohesive multidisciplinary team to overcome barriers to learning and to provide stability, consistency and the highest quality of education and care guidance to support pupils to make accelerated learning gains.
We promote the highest standards of educational achievement at all levels and provide a broad
and balanced education experience, personalised according to need. The success of the school is undoubtedly linked to the dedication of staff, engagement of parents/carers, our strong multiagency partnership work and our ability to motivate our pupils to help them re-define their attitudes and approaches to learning.
We seek to ensure that, by the time our pupils leave us they emerge as self-confident individuals
able to manage their own learning, equipped with the skills and competencies to successfully take the next steps in education and their lives.
Our mission statement is Aspire, Achieve and Thrive.
We are looking to appoint a Level Higher Teaching Assistant to enhance support to our
pupils, either through dedicated 1:1 intervention/small group work or in class supported. This post holder will primarily focus on literacy development.
Key areas of work will include:
- Contribute to the delivery of quality teaching and learning in the school by
supporting the development of literacy for our pupils (see to Job Description for details)
- Working within a framework set by the teacher and Primary English Lead, plan own
role in lessons including the provision of feedback to pupils and colleagues on pupils’ learning and behaviour
- Ensuring that resources and activities to support curriculum entitlement and
participation are well maintained, organised and replaced as required with a particular focus on Literacy
- Developing methods of promoting/reinforcing pupil’s self-esteem and
- Contributing effectively to the selection and preparation of teaching resources
to meet the diversity of pupils’ needs and interests
- Contribute to the planning of opportunities for pupils to learn in accordance
with school policies and procedures
- Focusing on meeting the needs of the whole child’s development
Enthusiasm and commitment to working with and raising achievement for
pupils with SEMH is paramount to us.
You will be expected to actively demonstrate the school’s core values and
promote ‘The Downland Way’
In return we will offer you:
- a forward thinking and inclusive school environment
- a friendly and supportive community
- an inclusive and caring ethos
- good professional development and learning opportunities
- a well equipped and safe working environment
Enthusiasm and commitment to working with and raising achievement for pupils
with SEMH is paramount to us.
We welcome visits to the school. Please contact Donna Woodbridge, Office Manager
if you would like to arrange this.
You should submit a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 with your application form addressing the requirements of the post, as outlined in the Job Description and the Person Specification provided. Applications received without supporting letter will not be considered and CVs will not be accepted.
Applications must be received by 10:00am on Tuesday 3rd November 2020
Interview date to be confirmed but will be held w/c 9th October 2020, If you
have not heard from us by 6th November 2020 please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.
Downland School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Please note that this appointment is subject to enhanced DBS, medical and reference checks before appointment is confirmed.
Downland School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and
young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Please note that this appointment is subject to enhanced DBS, medical and reference checks before appointment is confirmed.