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Special Support Assistant - Term Time

Copperfield Academy, Gravesend

  • Ref:KCC886-2024-257S
  • Posted:16/12/2022
  • Pay:Kent Range 4
  • Start Date:January 2023
  • App Close Date:16/12/2022 at 09:00
  • Interviews:tbc



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The post will typically be term time only, 37 hours per week, Monday to Thursday, 8am – 4pm, and Friday 8am to 3.30pm, plus inset days.


Innovative, creative and ambitious?


Reliability, resilience and conscientiousness?


Contribute to the ethos and vision of our school?


Copperfield Academy is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and committed Special Support Assistant (ASD, SLCN) who is:


  • passionate about securing positive outcomes for children
  • highly motivated, organised and flexible in the way you work to best meet childrens’ needs
  • effective communicators, highly skilled in building positive relationships with children, parents/carers and professionals
  • able to support teachers in planning and resourcing for children with a variety of needs
  • reliable, flexible and willing to support the school in moving children’s learning on


The successful candidates will work across all age ranges.


The successful candidates will:

  • Have an NVQ Level 2, or above, in Supporting Teaching and Learning (or equivalent)
  • Have previous experience of working effectively within a school setting
  • Have a good standard of written and spoken English and a general understanding of Maths and hold a GCSE, or equivalent, in Literacy and Numeracy
  • Be able to carry out all duties as described in the SSA Job Description
  • Have experience in ASD and/or SLCN needs
  • Have a demonstrable awareness of wider social communication needs


Copperfield Academy reserves the right to appoint exceptional candidates immediately upon successful application, tour and interview.

 Copperfield Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  The successful applicant will be required to possess an Enhanced DBS.

 Please visit our website www.copperfieldacademy.org for further information, including details of our recent Ofsted Inspection in which Copperfield Academy was rated as a "Good" school.

Information about the school

Copperfield is an old and long-established Northfleet School, having opened as Dover Road School in 1904.

Increasing success in recent months has meant we are fast becoming a very popular school with local families and we currently have the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren here of former pupils. We are known for extending a warm welcome to families that are new to Gravesend and to many families new to the UK.

As part of the nationwide REAch2 Academy Trust, leaders and staff at Copperfield are committed to working hard to ensure it is a happy school where pupils of all ages thoroughly enjoy their learning and being at school. We consider ourselves to be a supportive extended family of, and for, all our families that is able to meet the needs of the most-able and the most-challenged.

Copperfield has faced many challenges over its history, but a dedicated team of experienced leaders and highly effective staff have successfully transformed the school from its lowest point to a position of strength, vitality, creativity and excellence.

Job Contact Information

Fax: 01474 352413


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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.