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Teaching Assistant - Satellite Provision - Term Time - Special Needs Position

The Beacon, Folkestone

  • Ref:KCC886-7043-153S
  • Posted:09/09/2019
  • Pay:KS3 plus SENA
  • Start Date:October 2019
  • App Close Date:24/09/2019 at 08:00
  • Interviews:Tuesday 1st October 2019


Hours are: 8:50 to 3:25 Monday to Friday, term time only plus five inset days (39 working weeks per year)

Salary: KR3 £17,365 - £17,411(pro rata to £12,416 - £12,530 term time) depending on experience plus £1,274 SENA.

Based at Castle Hill Community Primary School

We are seeking to appoint a Teaching Assistant who has the energy, motivation and a creative approach to develop the most exciting and engaging learning environment at our new satellite provision at Castle Hill Primary School. This is the culmination of a long-term plan for staff at The Beacon and Castle Hill to provide an inclusive learning experience for children in a caring, nurturing environment, within both the satellite and the school as a whole. 

The provision will be for 10 Beacon Pupils from years 4, 5 and 6 who will be on our roll but will be educated on the mainstream site by the Beacon staff. This will include an additional 2 places for pupils from Castle Hill. One of the admission criteria will be that the pupils may have the ability to cope and transition back into a mainstream environment on a full time basis. The pupils will have a dedicated satellite space, and where appropriate will participate in the life and the educational provision of the Beacon and Castle Hill.

These roles provide an exciting and excellent opportunity to work in a brand new, high quality and well-resourced environment and to work with an established, experienced and highly motivated team.

The successful applicant will have a good standard of education with a minimum requirement of English and Mathematics at GCSE (C) or equivalent.  

As part of the interview process if shortlisted, you will be observed working with children, and so a visit to the school to gain an understanding of our ethos and practice is advised (contact lauren.scott-smith@thebeacon.kent.sch.uk should you wish to book a visit).

The Beacon is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. In order to ensure the ongoing safety of our children this post is subject to an enhanced to reference checks with previous employers, a 'Right to Work' in the UK check and an enhanced DBS check.

Information about the school

The Beacon, Folkestone is a purpose built centre of excellence for learning, with outstanding facilities including hydro pool, hi-tech sensory rooms, soft play areas, state of the art PE hall, specialist subject rooms, sensory garden, grassed amphitheatre and life skills house.

The school building is specifically designed to meet the needs of the pupils and caters for 370 pupils aged 3-19 years with Profound, Severe and Complex Needs (PSCN).

The Beacon also hosts a Multi Agency Support Hub. This is one of four centres across the County that brings NHS colleagues, pediatricians, speech and occupational therapists, and nursing services, alongside children’s social services and portage colleagues into one cohesive centre. We are proud of the strong partnerships this brings to benefit the children and families of Shepway.

The Beacon is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and views it with paramount importance. It engages with children and staff in policy and practice developments, and proactively encourages feedback. All postholders are required to obtain an enhanced Criminal Records disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), including checks against the barred list together with all other appropriate vetting procedures.

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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.