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1:1 Learning Support Assistant - Full-time - Special Needs Position

St Peter's Church of England (VC) Primary School, Aylesford

  • Ref:KCC886-3057-100S
  • Posted:11/05/2022
  • Pay:KR3
  • Start Date:ASAP/September 2022
  • App Close Date:25/05/2022 at 23:00
  • Interviews:Friday 27th May

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Our school has a well deserved reputation for being a caring and child centred environment. This isn't a school where children are viewed in terms of their SATs potential. We are now oversubscribed and our PAN is being increased accordingly. Whilst we are already organised as a one form entry school, we currently only have 179 pupils attending. KCC are developing our facilities so that we will be able to accommodate 210 pupils in time. Luckily, our small site means that we cannot expand beyond this number.

We have a small number of children with EHCPs. They receive 1 to 1 support. We also have a number of other children who also require quite intensive group support. This is alongside the non SEN support which we also deliver to our children through our TAs and support staff.

We wish to recruit a further Teaching Assistant to join our team. You must be capable of delivering 1 to 1 support to SEN pupils as required. We have a young girl joining our Year R intake who will require 1 to 1 support. We have a further two children, one in current Year R and one in Year 3, whom we would wish to support more fully. You may be allocated to support any one of them in the first instance. You may also have periods supporting SEN pupils with a lower level of need, as well as non SEN pupils working generally in class. However, our goal is to recruit someone who has prior experience of working with children with a greater level of SEN. 

We can offer a permanent contract for a suitably experienced candidate. We also appreciate that TAs are not generously paid. If you are currently working in a more specialist setting, at a higher level than the KR3 pay scale, please still contact us to discuss the situation.

And if you haven't quite the experience we would wish, we may discuss a temporary one year contract whilst we assess your full capabilities. Then, if appropriate, we would appoint you on a permanent basis. We would like to aim towards a permanent appointment to provide stability to our staff team.

We would wish you to start work here as soon as possible, but we can wait until September 2022 for the right candidate if required. We would encourage you to get in touch for an informal discussion about the position and we would then love to show you around our school. 

We like TAs to start work at 8.15, prior to the children coming into school at 8.30, so that you have time to liaise with the class teacher. You will finish at 3pm when school ends. You will have an hour lunch break and a fifteen minute morning break. Hence, you work 5.5 hours a day. The normal pay scale is Kent Range 3. The hourly rate is currently £9.59, rising to £10 in September.

St Peter’s Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and expects all staff to share this commitment. All appointments will be subject to full safer recruitment procedures, and enhanced DBS checks are required for this post.

Information about the school

St Peter's is a small, delightful village primary school situated in the beautiful medieval village of Aylesford, housed in a Victorian building and the old vicarage, opposite the village church. We take pride in our caring and supportive attitude to everyone at the school and aim to ensure that the continued professional development of all staff is a priority.

We currently only have classes of 26, all of which are taught by qualified teachers in separate age group classes. These are supported by a sizeable team of Teaching Assistants.

Our ethos is that we aim to develop the child as a whole. We are not focussed on SATs league tables or achieving a judgement of Outstanding from Ofsted. We want to deliver to our pupils the type of rounded education that we would wish for our own children. This means delivering the widest and richest curriculum possible. We aim to provide our children with an education which prepares them for the adult life ahead of them.

Children learn a modern foreign language from Year R and continue to do so throughout their years here. Every Thursday is a Creative Day, when we only teach art, music, MFL and PE. Education is not about focussing your efforts on achieving the highest possible SATs grades; real education is about providing our children with the best possible teaching and the widest possible curriculum.

We want our children to be both supported, and to be shown that it is quite alright to take a chance and to fail. They must learn that being taken out of their comfort zone is exciting and not frightening. We are preparing our children for life, not a test. But if we do so professionally, with high quality teaching, then they will succeed in tests as best as they are able, as well as being fully prepared for the life which awaits them.

We have a small team of dedicated staff who love their school and work extremely hard to ensure that our children receive the best possible education. We support each other and appreciate each other's strengths. This is a friendly and supportive environment and we welcome like minded individuals who wish to join us.

Job Contact Information

Fax: 01622 717235

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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).