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Teaching Assistant Upper Key Stage 2 - Full-time

Offham Primary School, West Malling

  • Ref:KCC886-2187-123S
  • Posted:18/07/2022
  • Pay:Kent range for support staff
  • Start Date:1st September 2022 or as soon after as possible
  • App Close Date:16/08/2022 at 12:00
  • Interviews:22nd and 23rd August


Offham Primary School are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic teaching assistant to support our wonderful class teachers during lessons, with wider school responsibilities and fundraising events. Being a teaching assistant at Offham is about becoming part of our small school family.

At Offham we really value the support and guidance our teaching assistants offer our children and use them fully in all aspects of teaching and learning to maximise children's opportunities. The role would ideally suit someone who is passionate about getting the very best out of children and will work confidently, under teachers guidance, to prepare and deliver parts of lessons to small groups of pupils. The role typically requires working within the classroom in the mornings and leading small group intervention and support sessions during the afternoons. 

At Offham we will invest fully in your training and professional development. We encourage all of our TA's to develop a specialist area for support in the afternoons such as speech and language support or nurture expertise. The school is happy to fund training courses and opportunities to help our team develop to their full capacity. We have a positive track record of helping Teaching Assistants progress to becoming teachers and this role would suit someone looking to develop in this way in the future. At Offham we run a peer to peer support and development programme and will therefore encourage you to work with a partner to become a reflective practitioner. 

A good standard of general education such as GCSEs / A levels or an NVQ together with good numeracy and literature skills is desirable. Some previous experience of working with children is necessary along with the ability to relate well to children and adults, understanding their needs and being able to respond accordingly.

The postholder will be someone who will uphold the school's policy regarding the safeguarding of pupils and promoting the welfare of children. The postholder will require an enhanced CRB disclosure and proof of eligibility to work in the UK even if you are a UK citizen.

Information about the school

Offham Primary is a highly successful rural school with 7 classes and is located approximately 3 miles from the town of West Malling. The school serves a supportive community of children and parents, who are enthusiastic about learning and leading their school. Our core values: Respect, Responsibility, Collaboration, Resilience and Compassion are at the heart of everything we do. We have a keen interest in outdoor learning and future environmental sustainability.

We have an attractive school site with large classrooms and dedicated outdoor learning areas, including our amazing Forest School base. Our school is well equipped in all aspects of the curriculum with a school library, well-being room, and mini buses to use for trips. There is a very supportive PTA and Governing Body. Innovative teaching and traditional values are combined to give children an excellent primary education. There is a driving ambition for continuous improvement and we are always on an exciting journey to be the best we can be.

Our school family is a really happy one and we invest in all members at all levels. We fully support the training and development of our staff.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Emily John
  • Address:Church Road, West Malling, Kent, ME19 5NX
  • Telephone: (01732) 842355
  • Email: office@offham.kent.sch.uk

Fax: (01732) 875133

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). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.