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    As soon as possible

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    29 April 2024 at 10am

  • Date listed

    28 March 2024

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  • HLTA (higher level teaching assistant)

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Special Education Needs (SEN), Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£29,269.00 - £32,076.00 Annually (FTE) Actual £22,367 - £24,512

Higher Level Education Support Champion / HLTA - Literacy/Numeracy job summary

Start date: As soon as possible

Closing date: Monday 29th April, 9.00am

Shortlisting date: Monday 29th April

Interview date: Wednesday 8th May

Working hours: 32.5 hours per week - term time plus TD days

Salary Range: Actual £22,367 - £24,512 (FTE £29,269 - £32,076)

Kingsdown School has so much to offer new colleagues which includes a fantastic learning environment, ambitious and aspirational students with high standards of behaviour and the opportunity to work with incredibly talented teachers, leaders and professional support staff.

What are we looking for in our new Higher Level Education Support Champion (HLESC):

This is an exciting opportunity to play a fundamental role in removing a key barrier to learning and raise aspirations amongst our students. Working alongside a highly motivated team you will provide teaching and learning support for students who are below age related expectations in their literacy/numeracy, including those with dyslexia/dyscalculia. You will manage a small team who will support you with this.

You will also be able to demonstrate the ability to encourage students to become independent learners, to provide support for their welfare, and to support the inclusion of pupils in all aspects of school life. The successful candidate will be able to communicate effectively and appropriately with staff, students and parents.

Working Monday to Friday, 32.5 hours per week (8.15am to 3.45pm Monday, 8.25am to 3.45pm Tuesday – Thursday, 8.25am to 3.30pm Friday week 1, 8.25am – 1.20pm Friday week 2) with a break of 40 minutes (10 minutes at breaktime, 30 minutes at lunchtime).

You will learn more about our Wheel of Excellence from our website and when you visit. Do please take a look at our website kingsdownschool.co.uk.

What will and can we offer you:

By joining our Kingsdown family you will join a team who genuinely cares and champions each and every student and each and every member of the Kingsdown team.

At Kingsdown, we know that staff and students thrive in a ‘healthy work culture’ and the wellbeing of staff and student outcomes is inextricably linked. We are committed to providing the best working and learning environment for all. The RLT has a staff charter and strong values, we uphold these values and commitments, and further build on these with our Wellbeing Strategy.

One of the core values of the RLT is that ‘everyone is learning’ and at Kingsdown we ensure each person has the personalised CPLD that they deserve. We do this through a variety of programmes, including our Restless Teacher Programme that allows all staff to take a lead on their own professional development, with the support of colleagues within the school. We are also very excited to be launching our coaching model this year, to allow staff the opportunity to be coached and develop their teaching practice further, whatever stage of their career they are in. High quality CPLD and training are an integral part of our meeting schedule and time is given to curriculum teams to collaborate and learn from each other. Alongside this we have a personalised induction programme that allows for new staff members to join us feeling supported and welcomed from day one.

Education has the power to change lives, communities and society for the better. At RLT we believe that we can achieve more for our pupils, trainees, staff and communities by working together rather than alone. Schools in RLT are united by a common belief in the benefits of working together, and by our commitment to shared principles.

OUR VISION is for our schools and SCITT to improve rapidly, continuously and sustainably: to be better faster together.

OUR ‘WHY?’ is that children and young people ‘only get one go’ in school and therefore as part of RLT we aim to ensure the best possible ‘go’ for our pupils.

OUR ‘HOW?’ is through the highest support and challenge for our schools and each other, underpinned by our principles.

Our employees benefit from a wide variety of support including extensive continuing professional learning and development opportunities, wellbeing and staff networks and access to Defined Benefit Pension Schemes (TPS and LGPS) for all staff. For more information on what it is like to work for the Trust, and the benefits you could access, please see our “Working in RLT” guide.

This role includes regulated activity relevant to children.

The River Learning Trust and Kingsdown School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and preventing extremism. The Trust is required to conduct a variety of checks and online searches about you as part of their recruitment process in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. It is an offence to apply for certain roles within schools if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.

For all RLT Safer Recruitment Documentation candidates should click on the following link RLT Safer Recruitment Documents for Candidates

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. For further guidance for applicants click on this link List of offences that are not filtered

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 Kingsdown School

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

Kingsdown is a mixed 11–16 Secondary School located in Stratton St Margaret, Swindon. It offers a vibrant learning environment, one in which its students take great pride in both their learning, their behaviour and their individual aspirations. Our teachers combine a high level of academic expertise with excellent teaching skills and a real and deep concern for the wellbeing of each and every student. Taken together, these allow us to recruit and retain the very best teachers.

Thank you for taking an interest in working with us at Kingsdown School. You are joining us at a very exciting time in our school’s history. At the end of January 2020, we had a two day Ofsted Inspection and were judged to be Good in all five categories under the new framework. This marked the end to over a decade of being judged Requires Improvement.

Kingsdown is a school that has been on a transformational journey. We had a two year P8 trend of -0.50 and this year we secured a P8 score of +0.04. We have also recently been shortlisted for the TES Secondary School of the Year award. Along with the Ofsted judgement, this transformation is truly wonderful for our students, our school and community. Now we are looking for talented and experienced colleagues to join our team as we journey to Outstanding.

Our vision for our school is “a school of excellence bursting with pride and ambition” and our mission statement is that we “champion each and every student”.

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