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Teaching Assistant - Term Time - Special Needs Position

Foreland Fields School, Ramsgate

  • Ref:KCC886-7040-307S
  • Posted:06/06/2024
  • Pay:KR3 plus SEN Allowance
  • Start Date:September 2024
  • App Close Date:20/06/2024 at 12:00
  • Interviews:TBA


‘This is a happy place’ (OFSTED May 2023)

Are you looking for a new challenge? Are you passionate about supporting children and young people with their development and learning? Are you keen to develop new skills? Come and join our fantastic Foreland Fields School team.

Our pupils and students have a wide range of needs, including difficulties with communication, learning, physical and sensory development as well as medical and care needs. All pupils and students have either severe or profound learning difficulties and many also have a diagnosis of autism. Classes are needs led and pupils and students follow personalised learning journeys along different curriculum pathways, depending on their individual needs. We have a number of Deaf/Hearing Impaired students across the school who are supported by a Teacher of the Deaf and a team of support staff with BSL qualifications.

We are anticipating an increase in pupil numbers in September and we wish to appoint Teaching Assistants to work across the school. We are looking for team members who are driven to create a nurturing environment where our children and young people can thrive. We would be particularly interested in applicants who have experience of working with children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, or complex autism and who are passionate about making each moment matter.

Although current vacancies are likely to be based on this site, Teaching Assistants are appointed to the whole school and may be required to work with any age group or pathway, so that we can meet the complex needs of our pupils and students. This includes working within our satellite classes at Garlinge Primary School, Hartsdown Academy and East Kent College.

We provide all staff with a full week of induction training, which includes Moving and Handling, Communication, Pool Evacuation, Behaviour and Safeguarding Training. We are committed to providing aspirational outcomes for all our students and we provide regular specialist training for all staff, throughout their careers at Foreland Fields School. Essential training for Teaching Assistants takes place on Thursdays after school and all staff are required to attend this as well as 5 INSET days per year.

If you are interested in working with us at Foreland Fields School – please have a look at our website www.foreland.kent.sch.uk where you will find useful information about our pupils and students and their needs, the curriculum and the strategies that we use to support learning.

Candidates are welcome to contact Sarah Thorp (Deputy Headteacher) during school hours by telephone (01843 863891) if they would like to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Closing date: Please note that suitable candidates will be short-listed and invited to interview, as we receive applications. Therefore, this advert may close before the registered date.

Information about the school

Foreland Fields School is a Day Special School for pupils with Profound, Severe and Complex Needs (PSCN), many of whom also have Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

We provide for 200+ pupils aged 3-19 in five departments, Nursery, Infants, Juniors (KS2) Secondary (KS3) and KS4/6th Form. In addition, we have satellite classes at Garlinge Primary School, Hartsdown Academy and East Kent College.

We encourage all of our employees to further their career development and we respect initiative and ambition. We are committed to performance management, staff training and coaching. The successful candidate will embrace the special ethos of the School, and the role will provide an opportunity to take Foreland Fields School into this next exciting phase and beyond.

Foreland Fields School is committed to the safeguarding and well-being of children therefore all successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check and references. We will also complete an online search on all shortlisted candidates.

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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.