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Teaching Assistant - Folkestone - Term Time

The Beacon, Folkestone

  • Ref:KCC886-7043-348S
  • Posted:28/03/2024
  • Pay:KR3 (£23,337 FTE, £17,104) plus SENA
  • Start Date:Subject to checks
  • App Close Date:23/04/2024 at 08:00
  • Interviews:Friday 3 May 2024


The Beacon is looking to appoint Teaching assistants to work across all age groups, previous experience in working with learning difficulties and medical needs would be particuarly welcomed. 

Hours are: 8:50am to 3:25pm Monday to Friday, term time only plus five inset days (39 working weeks per year)

Salary: KR3 £23,337 FTE (£17,104 pro rata) plus Special Educational Needs Allowance 

The successful candidate will play a pivotal role in providing one-to-one and group support to students with complex needs, helping them access education and develop essential life skills.

This role provides an exciting opportunity to work in new high quality and well-resourced environment and with an established, experienced and highly motivated team.

The successful candidate can expect: 

  • Free car parking
  • In house cafe
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Package
  • Welbeing days
  • Extensive training and development opportunities
  • Opportunties to gain qualifications including GCSES

The Beacon as a whole school prides itself on providing our pupils with much more than academic development and successes; we will collectively not let anything stand in the way of developing the best possible experiences and pathways for our pupils. At the Beacon you will find you are amongst like-minded people who are willing to commit to this challenge for our exceptional young people.

The Beacon is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.

You would like any further information on this role please contact Katie Lonergan (HR Manager) via HR@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk.

Please note that this post is subject to an Enhanced DBS and receipt of two acceptable references and shortlisting will be done on a rolling basis.

Information about the school

The Beacon is a multi-site, all-age school (3-19 years) offering 410 pupils with complex needs, profound and severe learning difficulties and physical and sensory impairments a wide range of educational experiences. We currently work across four sites: the main site is Park Farm Road, Folkestone, a small 10 place satellite provision hosted by Castle Hill Primary School, Beacon+ College for 19-25 year olds based in the town centre and our newest satellite provision in Walmer.

The Beacon has a strong cooperative ethos and culture, building on personalised learning to ensure all students thrive within school and beyond. Learning at The Beacon offers a child-centred ‘needs led’ curriculum, which incorporates elements of the EY Foundation Stage, National Curriculum and external accreditation as appropriate, including Life Skills and Social Skills.

We will also continue to provide training and support for mainstream schools through the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service team managed by the school. This team offers support, training, outreach advice and guidance to our mainstream colleagues. In addition, the Beacon has both conference and meeting facilities and regularly hosts nationally renowned speakers on its courses.

The Beacon also hosts a Multi-Agency Support Hub. This is one of four centres across the County that brings NHS colleagues, paediatricians, speech and occupational therapists, and nursing services, alongside children’s social services and portage colleagues into one cohesive centre. We are proud of the strong partnerships this brings to benefit the children and families of Shepway.

At The Beacon, we are driven by our shared moral purpose to do all that we can to improve educational outcomes and life chances for all our young people. We believe strongly that the best way to do this is through the partnership, collaboration and a commitment to work together to achieve excellence in all we do. Nothing says this more than our peer to peer reflection and coaching groups that exist throughout the school. This total collaboration and investment from staff drives our teaching and learning to be the best it can be. As we have outlined at the beginning of this narrative, we expect the highest possible standards of ourselves and all stakeholders, believing that in this way we can maximise learning and develop a truly reflective learning community.

If this sounds like the kind of environment in which you would thrive, then we look forward to hearing from you.

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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.