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TA - SIPD (Sensory Impairment & Physical Disability) - Term Time

The Charles Dickens School, Broadstairs

  • Ref:KCC886-4016-707S
  • Posted:25/09/2023
  • Pay:BCAT 4-£21,389-£22,493 (pro rata £14,740-£15,501)
  • Start Date:ASAP
  • App Close Date:09/10/2023 at 09:30
  • Interviews:TBC


TA - SIPD (Sensory Impairment & Physical Disability)

The Post 

An experienced and qualified Specialist Teaching Assistant, with at least 2 years' experience of working closely with SEND, is required to work with a specific named student.

This offers an opportunity to work within an enthusiastic, professional and highly experienced SEN department who work with all classroom teachers to support the delivery of quality teaching and learning, helping raise the standards of achievement for all.  

Candidates should be proactive, approachable, positive, reliable and patient.  Working independently with minimal supervision is required, along with the ability to relate well to children and communicate diplomatically and tactfully with adults.

Hours of work 8.30am-3.30pm Monday-Friday with a 60 minute unpaid lunch break.  This is a term time only role with one Staff Development Day.

Deadline for applications is Monday 9 October 2023 @ 9.00am.  Early applications are encouraged and will be considered before the deadline.

How To Apply

Applications for this post should be made online only using the School’s application form. CVs will not be accepted. Visit the website and click on Recruitment for more information. Please email your application to recruitment@bartoncourt.org.

If you wish to discuss the post or to arrange a visit, please contact Mrs D Fitch, PA to the Headteacher.

The Charles Dickens School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application via the Disclosure & Barring Service and a check against the ISA Barred List for Children.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early and proceed to interview upon receipt of a number of suitably qualified applications. All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification before making an application.

In line with KCSIE 2023 guidance, as part of the shortlisting process, the Trust reserves the right to conduct an online search on shortlisted candidates as part of our due diligence and any relevant information found concerning a candidate's suitability to work with children will be discussed at interview stage.

Our safeguarding practices prevent us from accepting CV’s.

Barton Court Academy Trust embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.  Job share, part-time and flexible working opportunities will be considered.  

Further details and information about the Trust can be found on our website page.

A commitment to staff welfare and promoting BCAT core values is at the heart of this role.

Information about the school

The Trust

Barton Court Academy Trust (BCAT) is a multi-academy Trust which was established in 2017.

It currently consists of three secondary schools: Barton Court Grammar School, an 11-18 years, mixed selective school in the heart of Canterbury, rated “Good” with many outstanding features by Ofsted in February 2020; The Charles Dickens School, an 11-16 years mixed non-selective school in Broadstairs, rated “Good” by Ofsted in March 2023 and Barton Manor Free School, an 11–18 years non-selective mixed school in the heart of Canterbury which opened to Year 7 in September 2022 and as the school grows now has Y7 & 8 from September 2023.

Our School

The Charles Dickens School is a successful, over-subscribed, non-selective 11-18 school located in Broadstairs, Kent. We have a vision and a determination to provide our community with an excellent school and we are making great progress towards this. Our results in 2022 identified us as the most improved school in Kent (out of 101 secondary schools) and one of the most improved schools in the country, and our results in 2023 are similarly strong. Schools Week identified us as the 8th most improved school in the country between 2019 and 2023, for schools with an above average proportion of Pupil Premium pupils. Our recent Ofsted Inspection in March 2023 graded the School "Good" in every category.

To work here is to embrace the challenges of an economically-diverse community and understand the influence education has in addressing social immobility. There are few schools in the country where a teacher’s ability to change lives is so evident. Without hyperbole, this is a career-defining mission. We’re looking for brilliant people to join us on our journey.

The School has excellent facilities. All rooms are equipped with state-of-the art electronic interactive whiteboards. There are excellent specialist facilities for sport, hospitality, engineering, dance, drama, music and art. We have a Specialist Resource Provision for visually-impaired children. We offer and value a broad curriculum aimed at promoting talent beyond traditional academic subjects. Our significant investment in professional development drives colleagues’ continuous improvement. This is a place where everyone improves regardless of their career stage.

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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 Education.