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Full Time Teaching Assistant - (Fixed Term) - Early Years - Full-time

The Ifield School, Gravesend

  • Ref:KCC886-7039-237S
  • Posted:21/05/2019
  • Pay:Kent Range 3 + SEN Allowance
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:31/05/2019 at 09:00
  • Interviews:Wednesday 12th June 2019


We are seeking to appoint a Teaching Assistant with Specialist SEND experience of working with pupils in Early Years to join us working 30.5/31 hours per week, term-time. Initially, this is a Fixed Term contract until 31st August 2019,  subject to review at the end of this period.

Experience of working with children with SEND is paramount to applying for this post.

Candidates should possess at least an NVQ level 2 in supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools or equivalent along with GCSE grades A to C in Mathematics and English and we also welcome enthusiastic graduates who are considering a career in teaching and who have a minimum of a 2:2 degree, preferably in Mathematics, Science or English.  Candidates from a variety of backgrounds are welcome to apply but experience of Special Educational Needs would be preferred.  


The successful candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills and a passion for working with children with SEND.  Candidates must be able to use their own initiative and be committed to working as part of an established and highly motivated team to provide stimulating and interesting learning opportunities for pupils with a range of profound, severe and complex needs.  Multi-lingual skills and the ability to offer support to pupils with English as an Additional Language and specific skills and / or qualifications in swimming and minibus driving would also be an advantage.


We offer a comprehensive and supportive CPD programme and opportunities to apply for a School Direct placement leading to Qualified Teacher Status.

Information about the school

Ifield is a Foundation District Special School for pupils with profound, severe and complex learning needs and communication and interaction difficulties from age four to nineteen. We have a dynamic and innovative staff who work closely with pupils to create an ethos of care, respect and success. Inclusion is one of our priorities and this is achieved through our outreach, resources and training centre, Ifield SMILE.

In May 2018 Ofsted judged Ifield as an Outstanding school.

Ifield was designated a National Teaching School in September 2014 and is committed to the development of the Thames Teaching Alliance.

Ifield School is one of the founding members of KSENT, a Co-operative Trust for Kent Special Schools.

In September 2015, Ifield School federated with Kings Farm Primary School under one Governing Body known as the Cedar Federation.

Ifield School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service and check against the ISA Barred List for children.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs Abigail Birch
  • Address:Cedar Avenue, Gravesend , Kent, DA12 5JT
  • Telephone: 01474 365485
  • Email: office@ifield.kent.sch.uk

Fax: 01474 569744

Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.