Tunbury Primary School is a large, thriving primary school in Walderslade, educating 600 children between the ages of 4 and 11.
Tunbury is a safe, nurturing and inclusive school community where everyone is respected and valued. We inspire our children to be successful, independent life-long learners.
The school has 21 classes and is set in spacious grounds within the leafy suburbs of Walderslade, Kent. Our children are happy, well motivated and very keen to learn. The Tunbury staff team is welcoming, supportive and positive about making a difference.
Nearest Railway station: Chatham
Bus176 to Walderslade
18 min (19 stops) · Platform C · Stop ID: chadamt Foresters Close. Then 4 min walk
Description of vacancy
As a Teaching Assistant you will work across all areas of the school and curriculum. You will need to be personable, well-spoken and engaging with your approach to working with the students. Providing feedback to pupils in relation to their progress and achievement in order for them to realise their full potential.
The role will involve supporting both individuals as well as working within small groups of children. You will be passionate about your work, always willing to go the extra mile to support your colleagues.
Apprentice Teaching Assistant is required to carry out or be involved with the following tasks:
- Support the teacher in behaviour management and keeping pupils on task
- Ensure children attain the targets set under their individual educational programmes.
- Ensure the maintenance of a clean, orderly and safe working environment.
- Be aware of and support differences to ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.
- Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety, security and confidentiality reporting.
- Contribute to the overall work/aims of the school.
- Undertake training and other learning activities and attend relevant meetings.
- Promote good pupil behaviour, dealing promptly with conflict and incidents in line with established policy.
- Work with individuals or small groups of pupils under the direct supervision of teaching staff and provide feedback to the teacher
- Support pupils to understand instructions
- Support independent learning and inclusion of all pupils
- Support pupils in social and emotional well-being, reporting problems to the teacher as appropriate
- Prepare and clear up learning environment and resources, including photocopying, filing and the display and presentation of pupils work and contribute to maintaining a safe environment.
- Record basic pupil data
- Support children’s learning through play
- Assist with break-time supervision including facilitating games and activities
- Assist with escorting pupils on educational visits
- Support pupils in using basic ICT
- Invigilate exams and tests
- Assist with pupils’ personal needs including toileting, hygiene, dressing and eating, as well as help with social, welfare and health matters, reporting problems to the teacher as appropriate.
- Physically assist pupils in activities (may involve lifting, where mobility is an issue)
- Assist with pupils on therapy or care programmes, designed and supervised by a therapist / teacher
Weekly wage: £160.00 pro rata hours
37 hours per week, term-time only
8.30-4.00 daily, with 2 additional hours to be worked flexibly
30 minutes lunchbreak (unpaid)
20% paid time during working hours is given to complete training, referred to as “Off the Job Training”
- Good standard of general education
- Good numeracy and literacy skills (these will be tested during the selection process)
- Previous experience of working with children an advantage
- Use basic technology (computer, video, photocopier)
- Awareness of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety, security, equal opportunities and confidentiality an advantage
- Ability to manage the behaviour of young children in a calm and disciplined manner
- Enthusiasm and interest in variety of activities
- Ability to work professionally and respect confidentiality
- Have the ability to relate well to children and adults, understanding their needs and being able to respond accordingly
- Committed to inclusive education
- Hard-working, honest, dependable and self-motivated
- Excellent attendance and punctuality record
- Smart appearance
- Good sense of humour
- Friendly and approachable
- Ability to work on own initiative
- Enthusiastic and innovative
- A team player
- Ability to demonstrate patience and empathy
- Good influencing skills to encourage pupils to interact with others and be socially responsible
Minimum of Grade C/Level 4-9 or equivalent in Maths and English
Level 1 or 2 Diploma (or equivalent) with proficient practical skills.
On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Apprenticeship Standard – Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress.
Regular work based assessments/observations carried out by Kent Training & Apprenticeships Tutor Assessor, to determine competency and meet with Awarding Body standards.