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Literacy Lead Teaching Assistant - Fixed Term

The Malling School, East Malling

  • Ref:KCC886-5425-565S
  • Posted:13/06/2024
  • Pay:KR6 + SEN Allowance
  • Start Date:ASAP
  • App Close Date:28/06/2024 at 08:00
  • Interviews:as and when suitable candidates apply


Literacy Lead Teaching Assistant – One year Fixed Term

27.5 hours per week, 39 weeks per year (including 5 INSET days) Term Time only.

8.50 am – 3.20pm Monday to Friday

Kent Range 6 + SEN Allowance 

Actual salary £16,206.91 per annum + £1,219.92 SEN allowance

The Malling School is seeking to appoint an experienced Teaching Assistant with a passion for literacy to support and improve rates of literacy for students in Key Stage 3 with the lowest starting points. This position will include planning and delivering interventions and literacy programmes to small groups of students and measuring and tracking their progress. Some general TA duties are included in this role.

Our school has a designated Specialist Resource Provision (SRP) which supports pupils with an EHCP - Autism and/or Speech, Language and Communication Need.

Staff induction includes a training pathway and access to our Employee Assistance Programme which is linked to our affiliation to the DfE Education Staff Wellbeing Charter.

You will:  

  • Have 5 level 2 qualifications including English and Maths      
  • Be willing to undertake on-going training as part of your CPD pathway
  • Have previous experience supporting young people with literacy interventions including planning and delivery of lessons.
  • Have a positive can-do attitude and a genuine interest in developing pupils’ literacy skills, and a belief that we can support every child in this school to read
  • Have a calm, patient approach and empathic understanding of the barriers children may raise when struggling in reading
  • Have the ability to adapt, take direction, while seeing challenges as opportunities to make our interventions better.     
  • Have the ability to work well independently and as part of a team, demonstrating a high level of resilience and proactive approach to time management
  • Be adaptable and enthusiastic about change as interventions are research driven

Prior to application we recommend that you arrange an informal visit during a school day to experience the outstanding behaviour, high expectations and achievement in lessons, warm welcoming staff and the kind and respectful students.

Contact: hr@themallingschool.kent.sch.uk to arrange a visit.

Please apply via the Kent Teach website 

Closing date: 28th June

Interviews: as and when suitable candidates apply

The Malling School is committed to the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of all children and young people. All successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS disclosure, online check, Occupational Health check, two satisfactory references and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order (1975, 2013,2020)

Applications will be considered upon receipt and we reserve the right to withdraw this vacancy should sufficient interest be received. Only candidates successfully shortlisted for interview will be contacted.


Information about the school

A mixed 11-19 co-educational High School of 1,000 pupils serving the historic market town of West Malling and surrounding villages. The school is set in pleasant rural surroundings and has its own lake and extensive grounds. It was completely re-built in September 2007 and therefore has outstanding facilities.

West Malling is close to the county town of Maidstone and has excellent rail links to London and Ashford International (for the Continent).

This is an exciting time to be joining the staff of The Malling School.

We are dedicated to providing a holistic education, nurturing the complete student. Our strong culture, robust behaviour systems, and Ofsted-rated "Good with Outstanding Features" environment provides a solid foundation for our students' success.

We provide a very supportive environment in which staff can further develop their skills and we ensure every new member of staff has access to a trained coach. With close teams of teachers and non-teachers working together we take a collaborative approach to school improvement and have a shared aim of providing the very best education for our pupils.

Visit our website at www.themallingschool.kent.sch.uk for further information

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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.