- Fixed term (31/08/2023)
- £19,264 per annum pro rata
General Teaching Assistant job summary
Start Date: September 2022 – we would hope the candidate could do some transition days to meet the children and the Team prior to starting.
Here at Sicklinghall Community Primary School we offer a vibrant and inspirational curriculum in an idyllic village setting close to Wetherby. As part of the Goldsborough Sicklinghall Federation, our united team work relentlessly to ensure that every child in our schools receives the best education and the best support to meet the SEMH and SEND needs.
Our ethos is very much about helping the children to be the best that they can be by developing the skills that are essential to them becoming upstanding members of the community. We believe that when you develop the personal characteristics for learning first, children have the confidence to shine.
Working with children is the best job in the world and as a school we encourage all staff to lead interventions and to organise exciting projects across both sites in our federation. Each member of staff must strive to deliver excellence within their setting.
This is a hugely exciting time for our school as we develop the curriculum further with staff training and new and improved resources at the heart of our journey; our children only have one chance at their primary education and in challenging times, we must let our passion guide us as we strive to ensure it is inspiring and engaging for every single pupil.
We believe that outstanding Teaching Assistants can help develop the learning characteristics for a child’s whole academic career. This role has become available due to one of our excellent staff members securing a place to start Teacher Training in September 2022.
We are looking to appoint an inspirational Teaching Assistant, driven and dedicated to embedding curriculum knowledge in practical and exciting ways that challenge and engage all learners in KS2. With tailored support from your new colleagues and leaders, we will further develop you and give you the skills, encouragement and experience within the profession to excel as a Teaching Assistant within our unique federation setting. All we ask in return is flexibility, commitment, a love of learning, initiative and pride in your work as you create those remarkable ‘lightbulb’ moments for our children.
We are looking for:
• A skilled professional who has an engaging and dynamic style of leading interventions.
• A Teaching Assistant with an understanding of SEND and SEMH and the complex needs that make up any cohort of children.
• A Teaching Assistant with experience of working in KS2.
• A person who can build trust with a pupil and develop their independence.
• A professional who is able to manage their time effectively to meet the complex needs of any cohort to ensure that interventions and GTA jobs are fulfilled to a high standard.
• Someone who has the drive and ambition to make sure our children achieve their very best, promoting excellence within the class and sharing expertise across the federation.
• A character who has the drive to lead change to ensure that all children succeed.
• A Teaching Assistant with a flair for primary education who will embrace the challenges of supporting children in a mixed age class.
• A positive character who has initiative and is self-motivated, willing to embrace change.
• A Teaching Assistant who will notice the children and intervene accordingly, offering ideas and suggestions.
• A character who demonstrates flexibility to meet the needs of the federation.
We can offer you:
• A warm, happy school where we value each individual child and the community in which it stands;
• Happy, enthusiastic and well-behaved children, eager to learn;
• A school within a federation offering the opportunity to work with like-minded colleagues;
• An opportunity for you to thrive as you continue your journey as a professional, accessing high quality
support, training and resources our school leaders have to offer.
Please use the school websites and Twitter account (@GS_Federation) to gather information.
A video of our school and a Virtual Tour video can be found here (see link in advert document).
You can read an article about our Federation on page 4 of the Yorkshire Post Headstart Magazine by clicking here (see link in advert document).
We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response of candidates who meet the requirements.
All candidates are advised to submit their application ahead of the deadline. Candidates must ensure that they refer to the job description and person specification before making an application so that their application meets the criteria.
Advertisement open date: 13th June 2022. Closing date: Sunday 26 June 2022
Shortlisting Monday 27th June 2022, Interviews 29th June and 4th July.
The date of commencement for this post will be September 2022 (providing all safeguarding checks have been completed and returned to school). Ideally, we would like to plan some transition days to get to know the children / class. If you are available sooner, please mention this in your application.
Ensure that you outline as much experience possible to meet at least the majority or the Essential requirements and most of the desirable requirements. Use your application to showcase the skills you have to meet the bullet points in the ‘We are looking for:’ section.
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If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.
About the schools
Sicklinghall Community Primary School is a popular, inclusive, rural school situated in an idyllic location in the village of Sicklinghall close to Wetherby.
Our school is an important part of the community, maintaining close links with the residents and St. Peter's Church.
As part of the Goldsborough Sicklinghall Federation, we are able to access many exciting opportunities for collaboration for both the children and staff. We are proud of our Human Values and the way we use these as the cornerstones to underpin our nurturing, family ethos, and the values that we focus on enable our children to become the most wonderful, well-rounded people, who are ready to have a positive impact on the world around them, now and in the future.
Our light and spacious school building set in extensive school grounds provides a wonderful learning environment in which all of our children can flourish.
Our aim, above everything else, is to ensure that that Social, Emotional, and Mental Health needs are met for every child on a daily basis. We know that when children feel safe and secure, and have the right mind-set, they are more able to tackle the curriculum, learn to the best of their ability and truly flourish in their primary education.
We value all children and we know them as individuals; we tailor our teaching to their distinct needs and focus on helping each child acquire skills for the 21st century. The curriculum that we offer develops inquisitive learners who are fully engaged in lessons, have high aspirations for their own future and evaluate their individual progress along the way. Threaded through every aspect of our teaching are the hidden elements of the curriculum, which we believe are the most important skills for later life. We help our children to develop resourcefulness (the ability to organise one’s own learning), reflectiveness (the ability to think about and evaluate one’s own learning and the world around them), and resilience (the ability to try several strategies and skills in order to succeed, persevering and not giving up).
Our wider curriculum is exciting and allows children to learn from the past and understand how to apply their understanding in their own future. The classroom environments focus on helping children to achieve their personal best while providing challenge and support at all levels. Our school instils positive attitudes for learning: active listening behaviours and children being dynamically engaged in their own progress is a vital aspect for ensuring success for all. We care about others and are tolerant, we embrace challenge, we encourage each other and we include everyone.
If you would like to visit the school and meet our charming, confident, and respectful children, please do not hesitate to arrange an appointment – we would be delighted to welcome you to Sicklinghall.
- School type
- Local authority maintained school, Church of England, ages 5 to 11
- School size
- 85 pupils enrolled
- Age range
- 5 to 11
Arranging a visit to one of the schools
We encourage you to come and see our wonderful school; to arrange a visit, please email Mrs McCarthy, the school administrator who will be delighted to show you around.