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Teaching Assistant for Forest School (Maternity Cover) - Maternity - Special Needs Position

Hope View School, Canterbury

  • Ref:KCC886-6123-116S
  • Posted:08/06/2023
  • Pay:£17,000 to £22,000 per annum (not pro rata)
  • Start Date:1st September 2023
  • App Close Date:30/06/2023 at 15:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Information about the post.

Hope View School are seeking to appoint a full time teaching assistant for maternity cover (until July 2024), to support with Forest School, at our Upper School site in Chilham, from September 2023. Experience of working as a teaching assistant within schools would be advantageous.
Experience of working with pupils with Special Educational Needs would be an advantage but is not essential. A pupil focused approach is essential as is a willingness to work within a small team. A highly organised but flexible approach is crucial. High standards of classroom management, professionalism and expectations of pupils are also required as is the ability to be empathetic, understanding and supportive of pupils and their needs. This position would be ideal for a dynamic, hard-working and committed individual looking to build a career in this sector.
This is a fantastic opportunity to join our supportive, well established staff team. Included are a Company Pension Scheme, competitive annual salary (salaried not pro-rata), staff rewards schemes, access to CPD and uniform, as well as paid holidays (up to 16 weeks per year).
Post requirements:
The successful applicant will need to possess the following qualities:
Relevant experience working as a teaching assistant within an educational setting.
Relevant experience within Forest School.
An excellent standard of literacy, numeracy and IT skills.
GCSE (or equivalent) English, maths and IT at grades “C” or above.
Excellent communication skills and the ability to work as part of a small team.
An understanding of the ethos of the school and the ability to work within this ethos in order to support and develop all pupils regardless of ability, education, behavioural, social or emotional needs.
A willingness to play a full part in the life of the school with regard to supporting in lessons, pastoral care, curriculum enrichment activities and building positive relationships with pupils and staff alike.
An understanding of the importance of the need for safeguarding the health and well being of all pupils within the school. Upholding the school’s policies and procedures with regard to child protection and safeguarding is an essential requirement.
The successful applicant will undertake a period of induction/supervision which will be overseen by their Line Manager including a 6 month probationary period.
Please note that to comply with Safeguarding legislation, all shortlisted applicants are required to fill out an application form in full as well as a Self Disclosure form. CVs alone will not be sufficient.
Salary £17,000-£22,000 per annum depending on experience.

Information about the school

Hope View School is an Independent Special School for boys with special educational needs including social, emotional and mental health difficulties, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or Asperger’s Syndrome, speech, language and communication needs and moderate learning difficulties. Our Lower School is just outside Chartham and our Upper School site is in Chilham. Both sites are within close proximity to Canterbury, Ashford, Maidstone, Thanet and the Medway towns (Kent). The school is equipped to accommodate a total of 130 pupils aged between 7 and 18 years old across both sites. All pupils who attend the school have an Education and Health Care Plan. Our main aims are: To ensure, as far as possible, that each pupil placed at Hope View is given every opportunity to learn, be supported and be listened to. To support pupils in the development of their Literacy and Numeracy skills by increasing reading, spelling and numerate ability ages. To ensure pupils are well equipped by the time they leave Hope View to deal with working life, college, apprenticeships and are able to make a positive contribution to society. At Hope View we have high expectations of all of our pupils as well as firm boundaries. Pupils are expected to attend all lessons, be respectful and courteous to each other and staff. They are expected to communicate with us if they have an issue or are encountering difficulties. The ethos of Hope View is Firm, Fair, Friendly and Fun! All pupils have a voice and we insist that they are listened to, advised and supported by staff and pupils alike. Home/school contact is imperative to the successful development of all of our pupils. For this reason, we insist on maintaining close contact by telephone, email or face to face with parents, carers, and professionals involved in the personal development and the welfare of a pupil. Our door is always open to visitors with or without an appointment. We encourage visitors to experience for themselves the calm atmosphere and pleasant learning environment of Hope View. Our pupils are very proud of their school and welcome the opportunity to show it off to visitors whenever they can. Hope View School is a member of the National Association of Special Schools. The school follows the National Curriculum tailored to meet the needs of our pupils. Emphasis is placed on improving pupils’ reading, spelling and numeracy skills. All pupils are assessed in these areas upon entry to the school.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs Carla Lorne
  • Address:Station Approach, Chilham, Canterbury , Kent, CT4 8EG
  • Telephone: 01227 7380000
  • Email: hopeviewschool@btconnect.com


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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.