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  • Start date details


  • Closing date

    24 November 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    7 November 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored


Special Education Needs (SEN)

Working pattern

Part time

Contract type

Fixed term

Full-time equivalent salary

£15,416.00 Annually (Actual) Grade 6 (SCP7-11)

Educational Teaching Assistant job summary

These ETA posts will be based within the Additionally Resourced Provision for Visual Impairment (ARP - VI). We are looking for a candidate with experience of working in schools and the desire to develop their skills in the field of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, specifically Visual Impairment. If needed, all training would be provided through internal and external specialist training as well as the opportunity to work alongside experienced ETAs and Qualified Teachers of Visual Impairment (QTVIs) within the Provision to develop your skills and knowledge of VI.

Moor End Academy hosts the Kirklees Additionally Resourced Provision for Visual Impairment (Secondary). The Provision has capacity for 14 places, for those students who have a severe visual impairment or who are blind. There is a high demand for places and the Provision is currently oversubscribed. The team also support over 80 students with visual impairments (VI) in mainstream schools across Kirklees through specialist outreach work.

Students with VI within the Provision and from across the Authority are taught and supported by a combination of QTVIs, specialist VI ETAs, braille and large print technicians, habilitation officers and family support workers.

Students in the Provision are educated with a person-centred and proactive approach to inclusion and are part of the whole Academy community. The Provision offers bespoke curriculum approaches, individually matched to student needs. Students follow one of two pathways – mainstream alongside sighted peers or the achieve pathway, where students follow a primary based curriculum. ETAs are a key part of promoting access for students on both pathways.

In mainstream the majority of students with VI typically attend 90% of mainstream lessons, alongside their peers, being taught by subject specialist teachers from across the Academy. As an ETA, you would support students in lessons to reduce barriers and promote their access and independence in learning for example through large print, braille and specialist technology. Full training in specialist resources and equipment will be provided.

Alternatively some students work within the Academy’s Achieve Group. This nurture group follows a Primary based curriculum to provide an accessible, holistic curriculum for a small group of students. Students accessing this group require a high level of differentiation and resourcing to enable them to be successful in their learning and ETAs are a pivotal part of this provision.

Alongside the mainstream curriculum, all students with VI learn and develop through the additional curriculum that gives them skills to compensate for the barriers that their VI creates. There is a clear focus on preparation for adulthood and comprehensive support for transition to the next phase of education and life. This can include: habilitation, braille, specialist IT skills, independent living, advocacy and curriculum support in areas of need. Students also have access to adapted extra-curricular and leisure opportunities.

Moor End Academy is a very exciting school where the Resourced Provision is embedded into Academy life. If you want to develop your skills and knowledge of visual impairment and be part of highly rewarding, vibrant, successful and creative team who are not afraid to take risks, then we’d love to hear from you!

As an ETA, you would be a crucial part of our team providing in-class, small group and one to one support across our curriculum areas and age groups. Within the classroom, ETAs work alongside subject teachers and the QTVIs to maximise the access, inclusion and progress of students with VI.

At times, you would support students outside the classroom, within the VI Provision to consolidate learning, develop skills within the additional curriculum, social skills and activities for preparation for adulthood and independence.

The successful candidate will join a large team of staff working at this Outstanding Academy in our Specialist Provision team who provide support for children and young people with Visual Impairments, their families and designated local mainstream schools.

We are always looking to evolve and work in partnership with curriculum areas to share expertise, skills, experience and instill confidence in all staff across the Academy. We have an open access policy for parents and careers and encourage parental engagement for all activities at the Academy; extra-curricular trips, events and external education experiences such as visits to the Theatre, Colleges and Universities.

The successful applicants will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check via the DBS. The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Moor End Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
1041 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

School location

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