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Senior Specialist Teaching Assistant - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Whitehill Primary School, Gravesend

  • Ref:KCC886-3900-72S
  • Posted:06/09/2019
  • Pay:TDET Range 5 (depending on experience)
  • Start Date:As soon as possible
  • App Close Date:22/09/2019 at 23:45
  • Interviews:Wednesday 25th September, 2019


Senior Specialist Teaching Assistant

37 hours per week, 39 weeks per year (Term time only + 1 week)

Are you a Teaching Assistant who wants to develop their skills to further specialise supporting children with social communication difficulties including ASD? Do you want to work in a school which believes in nurturing and achievement for all, including staff?  Would you enjoy opportunities and internal/external development?  Do you want to be part of our supportive team? 



Whitehill Primary School seeks to appoint a Senior Specialist Teaching Assistant to support the work of the SEN team and provide specialist support to individual support to pupils with high levels of SEN.

The role will also involve liaising with class teachers, TAs, parents/carers and other stakeholders. The ideal candidates will hold relevant qualifications, including Maths and English GCSE and demonstrate high levels of skill and experience in working with children with a variety of SEN including social and communication difficulties including ASD. A full job description is attached to this advert.

The ideal candidate will also have excellent communication skills, both written and oral and have good ICT skills to support planning and delivery. The Senior Specialist Teaching Assistant will report to the Deputy Headteacher Inclusion and will be involved in the strategic planning in relation to SEN and inclusion across the school.

This appointment will start as soon as possible.  Salary is subject to experience, but will be within The Decus Educational Trust (TDET) Range 5: £15,755.59 -£17,033.92 per annum (equivalent to £18,611-£20,121 per annum for a full-time, all year round post).

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If you would like to know more about this role, please contact the DHT for Inclusion, Jane Patterson on 01474 352973 or jpatterson@whitehillprimary.kent.sch.uk

Visits to the school are actively encouraged.  To arrange a visit please contact Lianne Pond, PA to the Headteacher, on 01474352973 or lpond@whitehillprimary.kent.sch.uk

Initial applications can be made on line or on downloaded application forms.  Downloaded application forms should be emailed to jlumley@whitehillprimary.kent.sch.uk

Please do not apply if you have made a previous application for this post.

Closing date: Sunday 22nd September, 2019 (23:45)

Interviews: Wednesday 25th September, 2019

Information about the school

Whitehill is an inclusive 730 child primary school serving a diverse community. We strive to build confident, ambitious and independent learners. We are proud that our children enjoy high quality, enriched learning with exciting opportunities.

Whitehill has much to offer: grow in a supportive environment with lots of internal and external CPD. As part of The Decus Educational Trust, Challenge Partners and the Gravesham Learning Partnership, our excellent network offers exceptional opportunities. We will help you to thrive.

Whitehill Primary 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 school will conduct all necessary safer recruitment checks before employment commences.

This post is subject to pre-employment checks, including an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, reference checks, identity and proof of right to work in the UK. Whitehill Primary School is an equal opportunities employer.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Jennifer Lumley
  • Address:Sun Lane, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 5HN
  • Telephone: (01474) 352973
  • Email: lumleyj@decustrust.com


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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.