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We are seeking to appoint a Teaching Assistant to support pupils with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND). This position is initially supporting a pupil within The Acorn Centre, a specially resourced provision for children with speech and language delays / disorders.
The Oaks Infant School is a three form entry school on the edge of Sittingbourne, with children from age 3 to 7. We pride ourselves in having an effective, supportive and collaborative staff team. Our passion lies in delivering a highly motivating and child-led curriculum which values independence and creativity, and supports pupil engagement, achievement and well-being. Teaching Assistants at The Oaks need to be to be positive team players, providing support to both teachers and children. This role involves working under the guidance and direction of the class teacher and SENCo of The Acorn Centre but may include flexibility to work within mainstream classes too. You will be part of the school's 'Wellbeing Team' through which you will be well supported, including receiving a bespoke programme of professional development.
The post is full time, term time only, working from 8:45am to 3:15pm. The successful candidate is likely to have some experience of working with pupils with special needs and undertstands a range of needs and strategies to support them.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and references must be satisfactory. You will be requested to bring photographic identification to interview.
The Oaks Infant School
‘Where we are inspired’
We are passionate about education and our ethos embodies child-led learning. We ensure that deep learning happens through play, investigation and exploration. Adults are model learners and challenge themselves to continually develop their own practice and provision through self-reflection, research, collaboration and innovation. Both adults and pupils are conscientious and considered risk takers. Adults and pupils build extremely positive relationships which scaffolds learning further and enables children to be self-assured individuals.
The curriculum is even richer and successfully nurtures every child’s self-esteem and interests, building the cultural capital they need to become successful citizens in the wider world. It enables them to explore, embed and develop expertise in a set of skills and knowledge which have been carefully designed to meet their unique needs. Children are prepared for their next stage of education and collaborative working means that this transition is seamless. As a result, children and adults are confident, resilient, content, independent, inspired, self-motivated, life-long learners
The Oaks Infant School can be found on the southern outskirts of Sittingbourne, Kent. We are a three-form entry school with 9 classes for 270 children in years R, 1 and 2 plus a wonderful Nursery. Attached to the school is The Acorn Centre, a specially resourced provision who cater for children with an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) for Speech and Language needs. We have up to 12 children in this specialist unit who integrate into the main school for learning experiences.
We are proud to be part of the Potential in Everyone Academy Trust which enables us to work in partnership with our receiver school Minterne Junior School as well as the village schools of Bredgar CEP School and Borden CEP School.
During our most recent Ofsted visit (January 2016), it was noted that we had a very committed, enthusiastic and positive staff team.
We are committed to Safeguarding and all appointments and visits will be made with safeguarding procedures as our key priority. All staff will be fully inducted, including Safeguarding training and will be subject to a full DBS check and collection of references before interview.
The school is set in attractive grounds with many mature trees which attract an abundance of wildlife. We are able to use the school grounds to take learning out into the environment providing a broad and enriching experience for the children.
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