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  • Closing date

    18 February 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    26 January 2024

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Full-time equivalent salary

£26,421 - £32,076 per annum, pro rata to hours/weeks worked

What skills and experience we're looking for

Come and join our dedicated team at Castle Wood, a vibrant, innovative broad spectrum special needs school for children aged 3 to 11. We have received two successive outstanding Ofsted judgements and have been praised for our use of Early Years practice and principles throughout our school. We are looking for Higher Level Teaching Assistants who are dynamic and enthusiastic to work in our inspirational special needs school.

Our vision is ‘Together children first…’ and we need experienced Higher Level Teaching Assistants with the professional behaviours of initiative, commitment, dedication, a sense of fun and the ability to work as part of a team. You are likely to be working with children who have complex autism, may be non-verbal and have challenging behaviours. You may be working with children on a 1;1 or group basis. You will be expected to lead a class in the absence of the class teacher, this is likely to be when the teacher is on PPA or leadership time. You need to be flexible and willing to work across a number of class teams throughout the school. Knowledge and experience of Early Years practice and principles would be preferred as this underpins all teaching and learning in our school.

Work Pattern

You will be employed 35 hours a week, the working hours will be Monday - Wednesday 8.30am – 4.00pm, Thursday 8.30am – 4.30pm, Friday 8.30am – 3.30pm with a 30 minutes unpaid lunch break each day.

38 weeks term time only, plus 5 training days, 39 in total

A tour of the school is welcomed and strongly encouraged. To arrange a tour of our school please email cwhr@castlewood.coventry.sch.uk

We are looking for a person with:

  • GCSE Maths and English grade 4 / C and above or equivalent
  • Strong communication skills
  • The ability to use relevant technology/equipment
  • The ability to work as part of a team as well as the ability to lead
  • A commitment to the happiness, well-being, self-esteem and progress of everyone at the school
  • Personal skills and qualities required to form positive relationships with children, parents and carers
  • High aspirations for their pupils and themselves
  • A good knowledge of the EYFS would be an advantage but a willingness to learn and embrace its practice and principles is essential
  • Previous experience of working in a special school would be advantageous but not essential

What the school offers its staff

We will offer:

  • Fabulous, warm and enthusiastic children
  • A happy school with a welcoming and supportive team
  • Personalised continuing professional learning
  • Staff workwear
  • Free tea and coffee, free on site car parking
  • Excellent wellbeing offering including occupational health,

counselling service, salary sacrifice scheme including child care vouchers and cycle to work scheme

  • Local government pension scheme arrangements
  • Opportunities to work with experts from a range of disciplines
  • Supportive governors and parents

Please apply using the online application form ensuring you outline your skills, abilities, and experience in line with the key areas on the advert and Job Description and Person Specification

Or you can download the application pack and return completed direct to the school at cwhr@castlewood.coventry.sch.uk

Closing date: Sunday 18th February 2024

Interview date: Friday 23rd February 2024 or Thursday 29th February 2024

In your application form please detail the skills, knowledge and expertise which are required to become a successful Higher Level Teaching Assistant and why you wish to work in a Special school in particular. Previous applicants need not reapply for the position.

Unfortunately, due to the extremely high number of applications expected, we are unable to respond to each individual. If you have not heard by the 1st March 2024 then your application has been unsuccessful at this time.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check via the DBS.

Following recommendations from Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE)for an additional pre employment check with effect 1 Sept 22, please note, an online search may form part of this recruitment process.

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About Castle Wood Special School

School type
Special school, ages 3 to 11
School size
160 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11

Castle Wood is an outstanding special school. We have 160 primary aged pupils with a broad spectrum of need - PMLD, SLD, ASD, social and communication difficulties and some complex behaviour challenges. We are passionate about teaching and learning and making a difference in children’s lives. Our vision is “Together, children first” as we recognise that everyone has a part to play in our pupils fulfilling their potential. Ofsted have judged us ‘outstanding’ in our last two inspections, recognising the warm relationships and the progress children in our school are making.

Arranging a visit to Castle Wood Special School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email cwhr@castlewood.coventry.sch.uk.

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