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Full Time Teaching Assistant - Fixed Term - Special Needs Position

The Ifield School, Gravesend

  • Ref:KCC886-7039-318S
  • Posted:06/10/2021
  • Pay:KR3 (£18,425 FTE) + SEN Allowance (Pro-rata)
  • Start Date:November 2021
  • App Close Date:03/11/2021 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC

Advert

We are seeking to appoint a Teaching Assistant with Specialist SEND experience of working with pupils in Primary and Secondary to join us from November 2021 or sooner This post is for 30.5/31 hours per week, Kent Range 3 (£18,425 FTE) + SEN allowance (pro-rata), term-time. Initially, this is a Fixed Term contract until 31st August 2022, subject to review at the end of this period.

The postholder is required to work for 39 weeks per year. In addition, the postholder will receive a payment in respect of their pro rata entitlement to Annual Leave appropriate to their grade, Bank Holidays and the KCC concessionary day. 

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. Verification of qualifications will be required prior to employment commencing and you will be required to produce the original certificates.

Candidates from a variety of backgrounds are welcome to apply but experience of Special Educational Needs is paramount to applying for this post.

The successful candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills and a passion for working with children with SEND. This role can be challenging but also incredibly rewarding therefore the ideal candidate must possess patience and resilience. 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, alongside supporting them with personal care.  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.

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.

The benefits of working at Ifield School are:

  • Working within a supportive and caring environment
  • Career development, with many opportunities for learning and training
  • Entitlement to Kent Rewards, KCC Employee Benefit Scheme
  • Automatic enrolment in Local Government Pension Scheme
  • A strong focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing with access to resources and services
  • A confidential support line which provides free counselling, support/advice on a wide array of areas

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

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE POST, PLEASE APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AS WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE THE ADVERT EARLIER THAN STATED SHOULD WE RECEIVE A NUMBER OF SUITABLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES.

PREVIOUS CANDIDATES NEED NOT REAPPLY.

 

Information about the school

Ifield school is a special school for children and young people with profound, severe, and complex needs. Almost half of all our pupils have a diagnosis of autism and speech and language difficulties whilst some have complex medical needs. By joining our school cohort, you will work in a variety of environments, no two days are the same.

A unique and outstanding school, located on an attractive and spacious 9-acre site with 6 acres of managed woodland area. We believe that our highly skilled teaching assistants make a positive and valuable contribution to the lives of children with profound, severe, and complex needs, each and every day.

In May 2018 Ofsted judged Ifield as an Outstanding school for the third consecutive time.

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 King's Farm Primary School under one Governing Body collectively 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: lpicton@ifield.kent.sch.uk

Fax: 01474 569744

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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).