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Teaching Assistant - Granta School



8th October 2021

Employer description

Granta School is a highly successful, popular Community Area Special School, catering for pupils aged 3 to 19 years old. We currently have 180 children on
roll. We are extremely proud of our team who continually work towards providing our students with the best possible learning outcomes.

We are now looking for full-time and part-time teaching assistants to join our dynamic team. The role may involve time supporting students within the class
as well as spending part of the week working on a 1-1 basis with more challenging students. As such resilience, patience, flexibility and positivity are key.

Applications are invited from people who are passionate about working with children and young people with a wide and diverse range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Experience of working within a special school setting is highly desirable, however not essential and we are keen to recruit people who are eager to learn. In return we offer a comprehensive training package, professional development and opportunities for progression

Main description

A Teaching Assistant will support the classroom teacher(s) to facilitate the active participation of children in the academic and social activities of the school and will contribute to raising the standards of achievements for all pupils.

Support for Children

·         In conjunction with the class teacher, adapt lessons to meet the needs of the pupils

·         Take responsibility for delivering learning activities with small groups

·         Establish and maintain supportive relationships with pupils, parents and carers and other staff

·         Promote inclusion for all pupils

·         Provide support for personal care and educational programmes

Support for the Curriculum

·         Support the delivery of the school curriculum

·         Provide additional support for children as required

Support for the Teacher

·         Assist in maintaining class records

·         Contribute to reports on pupil progress and development as directed

·         Monitor and track progress and promote feedback for IEPs

·         Contribute to planning and evaluation

·         Organise the learning environment and maintain classroom resources

·         Undertake support activities e.g. photocopying, display etc.

·         Support the management of pupil behaviour

·         Provide personal and social care for pupils

Support for the School

·         Develop effective working relationship

·         Maintain a safe and healthy environment

·         Participate fully in procedures for performance management and review

·         Attend and actively participate in staff meetings

·         Support and contribute to the development of other TA’s

·         Assist in facilitating school events

Entry requirements

Experience in working in schools or similar settings
Desirable to have worked with children with SEND
Minimum of a Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent) with proficient practical skills
Minimum of GCSE Grade C or higher (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics

Skills required

Good spoken and written English
Numeracy and literacy skills 
Have the ability to relate well to children and adults, understanding their needs and being able to respond accordingly
Good influencing skills to encourage pupils to interact with others and be socially responsible
Ability to work under the direction of the class teacher but also to work independently and use initiative appropriately
Personal care skills including openness to supporting dressing and toileting needs 
Specialist training or experience of speech and language support programmes, using Makaton or other similar skills (desirable) 
ICT skills


Basic understanding of child development and learning
Understanding of relevant policies/codes of practice and awareness of relevant legislation
General understanding of national/foundation stage curriculum and other basic learning programmes
Knowledge of SEND, e.g. ADHD, Autistic Spectrum, Speech and Language needs or similar (desirable)

How to apply

Please call 01223 896 890 to request an application pack or email assistantfinance@granta.cambs.sch.uk

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 12/12/2021


£18,065 - £21,166 pro rata


This job is located in Linton, Cambs

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