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Higher Level Teaching Assistant - Full-time

Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-3284-130S
  • Posted:23/01/2023
  • Pay:Kent Range 6
  • Start Date:As soon as possible
  • App Close Date:17/02/2023 at 12:00
  • Interviews:w/c 20th Feb 2023


All of our HLTAs have additional whole school responsibility. Some examples of this are: performing arts, display and outdoor learning. We are interested to know your area of expertise and what you are passionate about. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Lady Joanna team. We are looking for someone that exemplifies excellence in the classroom. You will be passionate, energised and excited by pedagogy and you will have a thirst for personal development. Your inclusive mindset will view all pupils as individual learners and you will apply diagnostic teaching approaches to meet the needs of all pupils. 

This is your chance to contribute to a remarkable community that cares deeply about the children. We can offer an environment that promotes an expansive education and one which supports learning for The Head, The Heart and the Hand. 

We want our children to think critically about the world and we want them to make a difference to the world around them. We are a Rights Respecting school and the difference that this makes goes beyond the school gates, making a positive impact on the whole community. The intended impact of the Rights Respecting curriculum is that:

  • Children are healthier and happier
  • Children feel safe
  • Children have better relationships
  • Children become active and involved in school life and the wider world

HLTAs are expected to work effectively with individual pupils, small groups and whole classes to deliver agreed lessons and learning objectives or intervention programmes. You will take the role of the ‘teacher’ in this respect, although the overall responsibility for the class’s quality of teaching and learning will remain with the class teacher and Senior Leadership Team.

Key duties and responsibilities may include:-

  • Demonstrate an informed and efficient approach to teaching and learning by adopting relevant strategies to support the work of the teacher and increase achievement of all pupils including, where appropriate, those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • Promote, support and facilitate inclusion by encouraging participation of all pupils in learning and extracurricular activities
  • Use effective behaviour management strategies consistently in line with the school’s policy and procedures
  • Use effective questioning to ensure learning moves on for different groups of pupils
  • Provide pastoral care and support for pupils to learn and develop curiosity
  • Support the development of children's basic skills, including physical coordination, speech and communication
  • Work under the direction of the Class Teachers to lead learning both indoors and outdoors

If you are interested and think you can bring learning alive for our community, please get in touch to have an informal conversation and find out more Please call 01233 812781 or email office@ladyj.kent.sch.uk. School visits will be held by appointment only with the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher. 

33 hrs per week Term Time plus dev days

Information about the school

Lady Joanna is a two-form entry endowed primary school, in the centre of the idyllic village of Wye. It is set in amazing grounds and the outside area is being further developed into a really special and exciting space for the children.

At Lady Joanna, we aim to provide a stable, caring, learning environment in which children are happy to attend, are stimulated, keen to learn and flourish. We provide for a wide range of ability and are committed to providing equal opportunities and extra support to those who are vulnerable or have special needs. Our curriculum is for the Head, Heart and Hand and this means we want to provide an expansive education. We love to celebrate the children’s achievements, whether academic, sports, music, art or otherwise, champion equality and promote diversity.

Lady Joanna is a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, which empowers the children to learn more about their rights and how they work in practice. The school also supports children to become courageous advocates through the School Council and we are proud of our environment and promote environmental issues.

Lady Joanna is a member of CARE Foundation Trust which is a group of 10 local primary schools. This provides support and shared learning opportunities across the trust.

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 posts are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Lady Joanna Thornhill will carry out an online search as part of their due diligence on any shortlisted candidates. This may help identify any incidents or issues that have happened, and are publicly available online, which we might want to explore with an applicant at interview. This information will be kept on file for 6 months, in line with data protection procedures. The panel will ensure we meet our duty under the Equality Act, 2010.

We particularly welcome applications from applicants from ethnic minority groups, as they are under-represented within our school workforce.

The School reserves the right to close applications, should we find a suitable applicant prior to the closing date being met.

We do not use Agencies for our recruitment process.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs R Foster
  • Address:Bridge Street, Wye, Ashford, Kent, TN25 5EA
  • Telephone: (01233) 812781
  • Email: s.swan@ladyj.kent.sch.uk


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