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1:1 Teaching Assistant for a VI (Visually Impaired) Child - Temporary - Special Needs Position

Cliftonville Primary School, Margate

  • Ref:KCC886-2028-131S
  • Posted:20/05/2022
  • Pay:CAT range 3 (£13,015 to £13,320 actual)
  • Start Date:September 2022
  • App Close Date:10/06/2022 at 17:00
  • Interviews:Friday 17th June


Welcome to the Cliftonville Primary School Community- come and join us!

We are looking to appoint a teaching assistant to provide 1:1 support for a visually impaired pupil. Initially this would be a temporary position, following the child's journey with a view to becoming permanent for the right candidate. The position is for 30 hours a week, term time only.

What can we give you?

  • The chance to work in a vibrant and inspirational environment whether that be within the class, in our Forest School area and on the playground
  • The opportunity to develop in your role through high quality CPD- a regular, bespoke programme covering all aspects of school life
  • Being part of a community with high aspirations and a sense of fun.
  • Support from at least 4 kind, generous and inspirational Teaching Assistants in your year group 
  • An opportunity to work alongside a TA who is highly experienced in working with Visually Impaired children 
  • External support from teachers specialising in Visually Impaired learning
  • For exceptional Teaching Assistants, the school may support progression routes through to gaining formal teaching qualifications

The successful candidate:

  • should have some knowledge and understanding or experience of working with learners with vision impairments or have a willingness to learn. If possible, they would have an understanding of, or be competent in grade 1 uncontracted braille as a minimum. In addition, any experience or understanding of grade 2 contracted braille would be advantageous. If they do not have the experience of braille, a willingness to learn braille would be advantageous
  • will be required to provide personalised support and mentoring, assisting with classwork, behaviour management and general daily routine, and will be supported by our dedicated SENDCo and teaching team with these duties.
  • Have experience of working with children with complex needs or Autism would be useful and an understanding of strategies used to support pupils with complex needs in a mainstream school environment.
  • Will have a high degree of emotional literacy and be able to develop strong relationships with colleagues and pupils, and demonstrate the following attributes:
    • being a team player
    • mature attitude and infinite patience
    • excellent communication skills, both written and spoken
    • a caring and calm nature
    • an excellent attendance record


Information about the school

We are one of the largest primary schools in Kent with nearly 862 children on roll, including a 52-place Pre-School. Following our Ofsted inspection, November 2016, the school joins a small elite of 5% or primaries nationally to be rated OUTSTANDING in every aspect of the school. This is attributable to the dedication and professionalism of ALL staff. When joining us, you will be supported to be the best that you can be. As an academy within the Coastal Academies Trust (CAT) we are passionate and driven in delivering outstanding opportunities for our whole community- staff, children and parents.

We are a family. Our school is warm and welcoming to children, their families and staff. The school is immensely proud of the diverse community it serves and is committed to maintaining outstanding outcomes for every child, no matter what their starting point in an environment that promotes intellectual, physical, emotional, social and spiritual development. As with any school, there are challenges...but the rewards of working at Cliftonville are huge.

Our school values of Independence, safe and settled, respect, resilience, aspiration, learning and community are integral to all that we are and do at Cliftonville Primary and Pre-school. As part of our commitment to community we make it our mission to promote positive wellbeing for all our pupils, staff and the wider community including parents and carers. We recognise that without positive wellbeing we cannot reach our full potential. Therefore, we aim to educate and support our whole school community on the importance of wellbeing and mental health, ensuring it is everyone’s responsibility to care for one another. Through our innovative ‘Wellbeing Hub’ we will provide mental health support, understanding and intervention for pupils and parents ensuring a holistic approach.

Our staff are our greatest resource and so we ensure that all staff have a supportive network and feel they are listened, to and valued at all times.

We work together with a whole range of partners including parents, external agencies, local groups to foster warm, friendly and purposeful relationships. Through these partnerships we support and develop the children's social, and emotional foundations upon which learning is achieved through a bespoke, exciting, ambitious and engaging curriculum.

The school holds a number of important accreditations including most recently the Well being Award, the Inclusion Quality Mark and the Continuous Professional Learning and Development Quality Mark.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs Ceri Stammers, School Business Manager
  • Address:Northumberland Avenue, Margate, Kent, CT9 3LY
  • Telephone: (01843) 227575
  • Email: finance@cliftonvilleprimary.co.uk

Fax: (01843) 230614

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).