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Teaching Assistant (Supporting Pupils with SEND) - Fixed Term

The Oaks Infant School, Sittingbourne

  • Ref:KCC886-2513-105S
  • Posted:12/01/2022
  • Pay:KR3 Pro Rata Salary £11,477.28 (FTE £18,425)
  • Start Date:March 2022
  • App Close Date:02/02/2022 at 12:00
  • Interviews:w/c 7th Feb 2022


We are seeking to appoint a Teaching Assistant to support pupils with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND). This role may either be in the mainstream setting or in The Acorn Centre, a unit which is part of our school, for children with speech and language delays or disorders.

Please note that this is a fixed term position, initially only until August 2022.

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. 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 for 27.5 hours a week, working from 8:45am to 3:15pm, full time, term time only. The successful candidate is likely to have some experience of working with pupils with special needs and understands 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.

Information about the school

The Oaks Infant School ‘Where we are inspired’

Our Ethos: 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.

Our Vision: 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 Delays or Disorders. We have up to 12 children in this specialist unit who each have a bespoke program of integration into the main school.

We are proud to be part of Our Community Multi Academy Trust which enables us to work in partnership with our receiver school Minterne Junior School as well as Bredgar CEP School, Borden CEP School, Lydd Primary School, Selling CEP School, Milstead and Frinsted CEP School, Dymchurch Primary School, Petham Primary School and Lynsted and Norton Primary School.

We have recently had a very positive Ofsted visit (November 2021) and the report can be found on our website. As Ofsted recognised, we pride ourselves on our kind, warm ethos and our strong team who are dedicated to providing the best possible educational experience for every child.

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 an ambitious, broad and enriching experience for the children.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Miss Lyndsey Wood
  • Address:Gore Court Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 1GL
  • Telephone: (01795) 423619
  • Email: headteacher@oaks.kent.sch.uk


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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).