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Teaching Assistant - Full-time/Part-time

Smarden Primary School, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-2288-85S
  • Posted:26/09/2023
  • Pay:KR3
  • Start Date:As soon as possible
  • App Close Date:15/10/2023 at 23:00
  • Interviews:20th October 2023


(Y)Our Opportunity

We are looking for an innovative and inspirational Teaching Assistant (TA) to join our supportive and collaborative team.  You will assist in the delivery of engaging and innovative teaching within the classroom, on a one-to-one basis and in small groups.  Working with the teacher you will assist with the development of appropriate resources, schemes of work and teaching strategies to ensure provisions support individual learning needs.  

This can be a full-time or part-time position term time only, but we can be flexible on working hours for the right candidate.  This will be a fixed term contract until 23rd July 2024 with the possibility for it to become permanent.   

This is no ordinary job, this is an opportunity to be part of something amazing, to inspire children and really make a difference.  It’s not necessarily your experience that we’re most interested in, it’s your passion and commitment to our mission, ensuring every child, whatever their background, receives a high quality education. 

You will be extremely well supported, working alongside a passionate team of teachers.  This is a great role for someone who is looking to take their first steps into an exciting and rewarding career in education.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • A great communicator who develops positive relationships with young children

  • Understanding of the educational, welfare and social needs of the children whom we are supporting

  • Enthusiastic and committed to working as part of a team

  • Consistent in a calm and fair approach

  • Committed to raise the achievement of all students of all abilities

  • Passionate and dedicated in helping children reach their academic potential

We know you’re going to do great things, investing in our employees' wellbeing and career development is a priority for us. We can offer you:

  • A comprehensive induction programme

  • Excellent ongoing CPD

  • Progression: If career development is your thing, we offer opportunities into teaching through our TKAT SCITT programme

  • Friendly and supportive environment, where everyone is committed to a work life balance

About Smarden Primary School

Smarden Primary School currently has 161 students from age 2-11 years. Smarden prides itself on high expectations for all in every aspect of school life, on achievement and excellence built on strong foundations of wellbeing. We are proud of our caring and nurturing family atmosphere, which is seen as integral to school life and where pupils feel safe; Staff know each individual child and build strong relationships with every family, so that children are fully included and well-supported both academically and pastorally, to find out more visit our website here.

 To discover what makes Smarden so incredible, please arrange a visit by contacting the school office on 01233770316 or email office@smarden-tkat.org 


Information about the school

Founded in 1716, Smarden original school building is at the heart of the beautiful village. The building at the front dates back to 1858. In 2014/2015, the school underwent extensive refurbishment and new building works. This was a wonderful opportunity for the school and was part of the Priority School Building Programme.

Four new, large classrooms were built to the rear of the old building and we are now able to deliver a 21st century learning environment within a new single-storey building, a new link corridor connecting the two buildings together and a new outdoor space with provision for games, social use and outdoor classrooms.

We also have a wooded area on site where we run Forest School, allowing the children to embrace the outdoors as an inspirational learning environment.

We offer the best learning environment for children ages 2-11. We endeavor to instill the best teaching methods for our articulate and intelligent pupils. We follow the Discover-Explore-Create curriculum, allowing them to be inquisitive and critical thinkers, always giving their best.

In September 2019, Smarden Nursery became part of Smarden Primary School and the wider TKAT family. Smarden Nursery has provided childcare for the village and local area for over 25 years in various formats. Merging with Smarden Primary School has helped to secure the long term future of the setting.

We aim for our children to develop lifelong skills, the ability to take responsibility for their own learning so that they can face future challenges with confidence. We pride ourselves on providing a happy, caring, supportive and positive learning atmosphere where each child can achieve success. We actively encourage partnership between parents and our local community. We live by our values; Ambition, Respect, Kindness.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs Speight
  • Address:Pluckley Road, Smarden, Ashford, Kent, TN27 8ND
  • Telephone: 01233 770316
  • Email: office@smarden-tkat.org

Fax: 01233 770316


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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.