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Full Time Teaching Assistant - Fixed Term - Special Needs Position

The Ifield School, Gravesend

  • Ref:KCC886-7039-326S
  • Posted:29/11/2021
  • Pay:KR3 (£18,425 FTE) + SEN Allowance (Pro-rata)
  • Start Date:January 2022
  • App Close Date:03/12/2021 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC

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Are you a TA with specialist SEND experience considering your next career step? Are you looking for a job role where you can make an enormous contribution to young people? Would you like to join a school where you have a feeling of accomplishment?

If you are looking for the above, then you should consider working at Ifield School, a unique and outstanding 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. You will be working term time only as a teaching assistant, 30.5/31 hours per week, £18,425 + SEN Allowance (pro-rata), assisting pupils with activities that challenge their thinking whilst supporting them with communication, writing and mathematics skills. Some of our pupils and students also require support and assistance with personal care. 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. 

What we can offer the candidate:

  • The opportunity to work in various environments, not just the classroom. We have several learning spaces including the Rainbow room, Sensory circuit and swing room, hydro pool, & Ifield’s Woodland. Ifield School won the Guardian’s National ‘School We’d Like’ competition creating a new facility to enhance outdoor learning.
  • Joining a team of experienced and outstanding teaching assistants who will share their expertise, support and knowledge. (Team Teach, Paediatric First Aid, Communication & Sensory Circuits)
  • Supported by a consistently high-quality leadership and management team
  • Entitlement to Kent Rewards and KCC employee benefit scheme
  • Enrolment in local government Pension Scheme
  • Focus on Mental Health & Wellbeing with access to key services including a free counselling support line
  • Comprehensive CPD programme
  • Opportunities to apply for a School Direct Placement leading to Qualified teacher status if you would like to progress your career within our school and have a minimum of a 2:2degree, preferably in Maths, Science or English

The candidate must have:

  • Specialist SEND experience (Primary and Secondary ideally)
  • NVQ level 2 supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools or equivalent, alongside GSCE grades A to C in Maths and English (you will be required to produce original certificates)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to use own initiative
  • Patience and resilience to work in a Special school
  • Enthusiastic and passionate about supporting and working with pupils with severe and complex needs

Additional skills set would be an advantage:

  • Multi-lingual skills to support EAL pupils
  • Qualifications in swimming to support pupils in the hydro pool
  • Driving licence and experience driving school minibus

If you feel our school culture and ethos fits with your career aspirations and overall wellbeing, please call Leigh  on 01474-365485 with any questions.  Please use the apply button below to complete your application form.

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:Miss Maddy Jones
  • Address:Cedar Avenue, Gravesend , Kent, DA12 5JT
  • Telephone: 01474 365485
  • Email: lpicton@ifield.kent.sch.uk

Fax: 01474 569744

Documents

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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).