Teaching / Learning Assistant
Closing Date: 30th June 2022
Would you enjoy a rewarding role working with young people? Could you make a difference and support a student to achieve their full potential?
We are expanding our Teaching / Learning Assistant teams and looking for great people to support teachers within the classroom in our schools. We have opportunities within each of our secondary schools in St Albans and Welwyn Garden City:
- Verulam School, St. Albans AL1 4PR
- Sandringham School, St Albans AL4 9NX
- Ridgeway School, Welwyn Garden City AL7 2AF
Working with students aged 11-18 on a 1-2-1 basis, you will support them by: clarifying and explaining instructions, motivating and encouraging them to complete work, and promoting and reinforcing self-esteem.
You don’t need to have previous experience, but you should be passionate and committed to the role you will undertake and be able to work effectively with young people who may be challenging and vulnerable.
We will provide you with a supportive induction and work environment and will offer a range of training to equip you in your role, such as subject specific, behavioural, or numeracy and literacy training.
Our teaching assistant roles work school term time only, presenting an attractive option for work – life balance. We can be flexible and offer a range of working hours within our school days from 6 hours up to a total of 37 hours per week, depending upon the school.
If you think you would make a great addition to our team, then please read on to learn more about the role. We are also hosting virtual and in person sessions if you would like to understand more about becoming a Teaching Assistant.
If you would like to apply for one of our roles then please visit your chosen school’s recruitment page via the links on the careers page.
The role of a Teaching Assistant
In undertaking the role of a Teaching Assistant, your main areas of responsibility in supporting students will involve:
- Clarifying and explaining instructions
- Ensuring the student is able to use equipment and materials provided
- Motivating and encouraging the student as required
- Assisting in areas of focus, e.g. behaviour, literacy, numeracy and communication skills
- Helping students to concentrate on and finish work set
- Meeting physical needs as required whilst encouraging independence
- Supporting specific aims in lessons as planned and directed by the teacher
- Listen and offer emotional support when and as appropriate
- Empathise and communicate sensitively with all students
- Establish a supportive relationship with the students concerned
- Encourage acceptance and inclusion of the student with special needs
- Develop methods of promoting/reinforcing the student’s self-esteem
You will also work with our teachers to help facilitate student progress, maintaining confidentiality in relation to any issues linked with the students you are supporting.
We will support you in developing awareness and knowledge of
- Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people
- the requirements of the National Curriculum and of the literacy and numeracy strategies relevant to classes.
- the range of learning support needs and the specific needs of the students to be supported.
- Actual salary between £16,319 and £17,175 for term time only (Full time equivalent salary £19,650 and £20,680 for 52 weeks worked)
- Term time working and school hours (plus inset days outside of term time)
- Variety of contracted hours available
- Children of staff admissions policy for some schools