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SEND Teaching Assistant - Term Time - Special Needs Position

St John's Church of England Primary School, Canterbury

  • Ref:KCC886-2000-176S
  • Posted:08/02/2024
  • Pay:Kent Range 5 (£22,595 FTE / £18,547 actual)
  • Start Date:15th April 2024
  • App Close Date:04/03/2024 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Are you looking for a new, rewarding challenge?  A role where you will notice your impact every day?  Working in a school with a whole team of people behind you?

We are looking to recruit an inspiring full-time (term-time) SEN Teaching Assistant, primarily to work 1:1 with a KS2 pupil.  

This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate to start or continue their professional development at an inclusive and forward-thinking school in the heart of Canterbury. 

St John's promotes the achievement of every child within a caring, Christian community. We believe in nurturing each individual pupil in order for them to reach their full potential. If you share this ethos then this is the school for you!

Ofsted 2018 said 'Pupils’ behaviour is good. A purposeful calmness permeates the school. Strong relationships between staff and pupils help pupils feel secure and promote their learning and personal development well.'

St John's has excellent facilities including a forest school, EAL specialist provision, learning hub intervention spaces, a well resourced library, an AstroTurf pitch and nurture provisions. 

We are committed to investing in TA development through ongoing training, and can offer tailored opportunities for your professional development.  We are a school where staff voice is highly valued.

We would like the candidate to:

  • Have a commitment to sharing responsibility for raising standards
  • Be able to work effectively - independently, as part of a team and with the wider community
  • Have good written and oral communication skills
  • Show commitment, energy and enthusiasm
  • Demonstrate flexibility in duties and approaches
  • Have high expectations and enjoy being a member of a team
  • Be able to work in partnership with parents and the wider community
  • Be able to significantly contribute to the creation of a stimulating learning environment
  • Have experience of working with SEND pupils 

This post is to work Monday - Friday, term-time only.

Information about the school

In 2024, Ofsted graded St John's as a good school in all areas.

The school, based in the heart of Canterbury, is a larger than average primary school, with two classes in each of Years 1 to 6. The school has provision for Early Years Foundation Stage children, with a nursery and two reception classes. In addition to our teaching team, we have a supportive pastoral team including a Head of Inclusion and Welfare, Assistant Headteacher for Behaviour and Personal Development, SENDCo, EAL Specialist and a FLO. The school is a Church of England voluntary controlled school.

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and the school reserves the right to carry out online checks on shortlisted candidates as per KCSIE guidelines. Our Child Protection Policy can be found in the Policies section of our website: https://www.stjohns-canterbury.kent.sch.uk/page/?title=Policies&pid=30.

Please note that unfortunately we are not in a position to contact unsuccessful applicants.

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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.