Deadline is today

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    18 June 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    4 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • HLTA (higher level teaching assistant)

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type

Permanent

Pay scale

H3 - Point 5-6, Actual Salary £16,384 - £16,658

What skills and experience we're looking for

HIGHER LEVEL TEACHING ASSISTANT

JOB DESCRIPTION

PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

To support and assist the staff and the school with the educational, physical and social needs of pupils; particularly in the management of pupils’ learning, development and well-being.

To work with the school to support the delivery of the curriculum to meet the needs of all pupils.

The post-holder is one of a team of support staff who support the learning and development of pupils. Flexibility by all staff is important in order to meet the needs of pupils and the school.

The post-holder is managed by the Headteacher supported by our senior leaders and under the day-to-day supervision of class teachers across the school.

Additional information

The post-holder is required to contribute to and support the overall aims, ethos and development plans of the school.

All staff are required to participate in training and other learning activities, as required by the school’s policies and practices.

Main areas of responsibility and other duties

  • To plan and teach high quality lessons across the curriculum, providing planned or emergency cover across the school

  • Attend to pupils’ personal and social needs, including health, hygiene, first aid and welfare matters.

  • To promote a positive and enthusiastic attitude to learning.

  • To proactively contribute to the school’s established expectations of pupil behaviour and achievement.

  • To adhere to the school’s behaviour policy and therapeutic ethos.

  • Support and extend pupils of all abilities under the direction of the class teacher.

  • To liaise with parents and carers under the direction of the class teacher and to maintain professional relationships with staff, pupils and parents/carers.

  • To contribute to and attend meetings with professionals.

  • To assist with escorting children on educational visits.

  • To supervise, engage and support children’s learning through play during break and lunchtimes, ensuring their safety, whilst maintaining the school’s expectations of behaviour and good manners.

  • Prepare classrooms and other learning environments and clear afterwards.

  • Support teachers to maintain a safe and stimulating learning environment.

  • To perform any other reasonable tasks requested by the Headteacher and Senior Leaders.

The accountabilities and responsibilities listed here are neither definitive nor exhaustive. The job description is therefore subject to change to reflect or anticipate changes in the post that may be required to accommodate the needs of the pupils and the school.

The post is classed as having a high degree of contact with children and vulnerable adults and is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. An enhanced disclosure with be sought through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) as part of Flamstead End School’s pre-employment checks.

The role will be reviewed annually.

What the school offers its staff

Welcome to our information pack about the Generations Multi Academy Trust and its three schools, Goffs, Goffs-Churchgate and Flamstead End School.

Goffs is a mixed 11-18 comprehensive Academy with approximately 1,600 students on roll, including a thriving and successful Sixth Form. The school is extremely popular in the local area, with an average of over 800 applications annually for the 240 places available, and significant waiting lists for places across the year groups. On intake, students are of an ability level (KS2 APS) significantly above that of the national average although the school is a true comprehensive school and admits a good mix of students of all ability levels.

Goffs-Churchgate is a fully mixed comprehensive school for 11-16 year olds, with 603 on roll. The school has rightly established a very strong reputation for both its academic outcomes and its close-knit, nurturing community, receiving 600 applications for 120 places for 2022 admission. Local estate agents continue to report significant interest in parents moving to the locality with a view to being near Goffs-Churchgate. One of the school's key strengths is its highly cohesive and supportive community. As such, the decision to cap student numbers at 600 is entirely deliberate, enabling us to maintain a strong sense of community where everybody knows everybody else – if you visit, you cannot fail to be struck by this. It is a very special part of what the school is. Recognising that not all children thrive in large secondary schools, the Trust has made a deliberate decision to offer both a larger and much smaller secondary school for local parents to choose between.

Flamstead End School is a thriving primary school in Cheshunt with approximately 485 children on roll. It has a Preschool, 60-place nursery offering 30 hours provision and two classes per year group from Reception to Year 6. The school has high expectations around achievement and behaviour and is ambitious for pupils. Flamstead End is a 'Therapeutic Thinking' school and seeks to understand and support children's behaviour so that they are able to learn and achieve to the best of their ability. The school is a tight knit community, with a well-established staff who care for one another and the children in their charge.

Professional Working and Learning Environment

Staff and students work in modern, professional environments, with all schools benefitting from recent building projects including a full, £20million rebuild at Goffs. The facilities provide light, modern, professional and a fit for purpose working environment for all.

The Generations Multi Academy Trust

In early 2016, Goffs Academy received a direct approach from the DfE asking that they consider establishing a Multi Academy Trust and work in partnership with other schools. As a result, the Generations MAT, GMAT, was established from 1st September 2016, with Goffs as the lead school within the Trust. Subsequently, the Trust took over the former Cheshunt School and established Goffs-Churchgate Academy, which is now another thriving secondary. Goffs-Churchgate is a fully mixed comprehensive school from 11-16 years of age, with 600 on the roll. Flamstead End Primary joined the MAT from 1st January 2023, and is another highly successful, thriving and nurturing community, rated “outstanding” by Ofsted. All schools in the Trust enjoy extremely high levels of applications and are over-subscribed. The schools are within close proximity of each other and share many activities, including CPD for staff. One of the Trust’s fundamental principles is that no one school is in any way more important or successful than the other. As such, CPD and other events are rotated through schools in the Trust, with everyone learning from and sharing with each other. This collegiate and collaborative approach permeates our Trust.

From Spring 2023, the MAT will open nursery provision on the Goffs-Churchgate site, with subsidised and term-time only places for staff. The nursery is run by Ashbourne Nurseries - https://ashbournedaynurseries.com/

The MAT is extremely clear about its daily purpose, reflected in its motto of “No Set Destiny for Any Child.” All of our schools, leaders and staff fiercely believe in the life-changing nature of education and work tirelessly to that end, day in and day out. There is no set destiny for any of the children in our care; rather, our daily work across the piece allows children to forge new futures and destinies.

The MAT is extremely financially secure. Finances are overseen by a Chief Finance Officer with considerable financial expertise in the private sector, plus a highly experienced Finance Manager. The Trust deliberately created an Income Generation function, and extensive lettings and business development work now takes place across all sites in the MAT. This additional income – now yielding in excess of £500k per annum – underpins generous levels of staffing at our schools, plus many “extras” that would otherwise be unaffordable in the current funding climate. As one example, all teacher loadings in the secondary phase were reduced from 19/20 as a direct result of the additional monies coming into the Trust via this income generation work.

We are looking forward to further widening our Trust and to working in partnership with both primary schools and further secondaries. Further information about GMAT can be found here: https://generationsmat.com/

Outcomes

Our strategy for continuous school improvement has had huge success and we are actively committed to ensuring that our very popular and successful schools, continue as centres of excellence in the community.

Exam results in 2022 were another year of huge success for Goffs. GCSE highlights include:

  • Student progress outcomes which remain above national average
  • 75% of students achieved grade 4 or more in English and Maths and 57% achieved 5 or more in both
  • English grade 4/5 or more: 89%/72%
  • Maths grade 4/5 or more: 79%/60%
  • Percentage of grade 7 or more in all subjects: 24%

Crucially, students were well supported in progressing onto a range of exciting destinations. The majority of Year 11 students have continued their studies in the Sixth Form at Goffs, with all others securing a place in further education or training. 71% of Year 13 students secured a university or college place to start in autumn 2022.

At A Level, continuing the upward trend of recent years, students achieved another excellent set of exam results, including an overall 100% pass rate. The wide range of university or further education courses onto which students have progressed include Law, History, Geography, Maths, Finance, Physics and Astrophysics, and Project Management for Construction, whilst many other students progressed directly into employment or apprenticeships. Goffs Sixth Form has an excellent reputation in the local area, over the past three years the numbers of students applying to join has continued to increase to approximately 350.

Goffs-Churchgate secured an impressive set of GCSE outcomes in 2022. Progress 8 outcomes once again set a record result for the school and put the school in the top 20% of all schools nationally. GCSE highlights include:

  • Overall Progress 8 score of 0.46 meaning the school is significantly above National Averages
  • The proportion of students who achieved Maths and English at grade 4+ was 69%, an increase of nearly 20% in the past two years
  • The proportion of students who achieved English and Maths at grade 5+ was 41%, a 24% increase in the last two years

To achieve such fabulous progress in such a short period of time, is testament to the school’s staff and students. Although we know that this success represents just the start of their journey, very exciting times lie ahead.

Both secondary schools target set in the top 10% of all schools nationally and strive at all times to meet ambitious targets. We are committed to a cycle of continuous improvement and aspiration and are keen to appoint colleagues who share that vision, determination and a restless quest for improvement. All of these factors combine to make The Generation Trust a very exciting and rewarding community to be a part of.

With and outstanding track record, we are looking forward to supporting the future success of Flamstead End, the latest school to join our Trust.

Community

Our schools pride themselves on their sense of community – both within the school itself, and in the wider locality. Visitors to our schools unfailingly comment on a very real sense of community, coupled with warmth and pride. Our schools are members of Cheshunt Extended Services (ChExS), offering a variety of extended school and community-based activities for both students and parents. Our students actively support local charity work such as the Isabel Hospice and maintain strong links with our local primary schools.

Goffs and Goffs-Churchgate also benefit from a thriving student leadership programme, with students leading on key development projects of their choice, ensuring strong student voice and participation across the Trust. We firmly believe in every student feeling a strong sense of community, and on entering each school, every student is placed in a House. Each House is led by a team of student House Captains and has a clear sense of identity. Regular competitions and assemblies strengthen this sense of community. Each year the House Captains decide on a possible group of charities to support, with students then voting for their chosen school charity and subsequently arranging a variety of fund raising events throughout the schoolyear. Such work is indicative of the ability of students in the Trust to empathise with the needs of others, and further develops their capacity to work successfully in a variety of social settings.

We regularly bring visitors from the community into school to work with students, and maintain strong links with our local secondary schools. Each school’s facilities are used for evening and weekend lettings, including superb sporting facilities, as well as holiday classes, providing opportunities for a diverse range of users including the Greek School, and local dance and sports groups.

Across the Multi Academy Trust a large variety of annual school trips give students the opportunities to sample different cultures, whilst an extensive programme of off-site visits provides opportunities for students to experience the diversity that exists within the UK, including theatre, galleries and museum visits.

Our schools are proud to be truly community-based schools, with students and staff from different religions and a number of languages spoken in each school. As a Trust we recognize and celebrate what makes us unique and different, and acknowledge that we are also part of one community. Our aim is for everybody to feel valued and respected and we strive hard to ensure we create a positive culture within the schools to enable this to happen.

Care, Guidance and Support

Successful learning takes place when students feel safe, confident, respected and valued, and are engaged. The Trust believes in supporting and nurturing all students in their quest to become successful learners. As such, we place a high value on pastoral care as an integral part of the life of each school.

We promote positive attitudes towards learning and provide a caring and supportive environment within our community. Continuously nurturing, supporting and developing our students is hugely important to us and significant investment is made in each school’s pastoral structures.

Staff Development

The Trust has an extremely strong reputation for staff development both teaching and support staff. Developing the next generation of school leaders, both middle and senior, and future Headteachers for those who wish to pursue this, is a responsibility that we take very seriously.

We have a full suite of staff leadership development which staff can join be they an ECT or highly experienced colleague, whilst I chair the national Leadership Partner School network, a group that brings together schools dedicated to developing outstanding leadership skills throughout their communities, and which allows us to visit other network schools, to attend national conferences and to share best practice.

In addition to innovative whole staff training days, we disaggregate a number of hours for training every year. This allows staff development to be highly personalised as staff can opt for the training which best meets their needs, including the opportunity to do a research project in partnership with Cambridge University. Many use their disaggregated time to coach others or to receive coaching. Moreover, there are specific training sessions for ECTs and other interested staff which run each week after school.

We also place a lot of emphasis on ‘on the job’ training and support. A thorough induction scheme is available to all new staff, and mentors/buddies are assigned to guide you through those new routines. Finally, external courses can of course be booked if, on very rare occasions, we cannot cater for a particular training need in house.

Leadership Development

The Trust’s Leadership Academy encompasses both staff and student leadership development through a series of student led groups and staff leadership pathways. The staff programme specifically provides opportunities for:

  • Aspiring Middle Leaders
  • Aspiring Senior Leaders

All pathways are personalised for the individual and staff receive one to one support from a mentor alongside working on a whole school project. Both support staff and teaching staff are welcome to join the Leadership Academy at any point in their career.

A full suite of leadership training is offered with a range of sessions including:

  • Communicating vision and values
  • Developing your leadership approach
  • Building a high performing team
  • Supporting your team
  • Leading your team day to day
  • Quality assuring effective teaching
  • Observation for improvement
  • Using data for impact
  • Fostering positive behaviour for learning
  • Leading and managing innovation and change

Attendance to all training sessions leads to certification by the SSAT. In addition, we encourage aspirant Senior Leaders to take part in the SSAT ‘Stepping Up to Senior Leadership’ training programme, which includes four external sessions throughout the year. As part of the Trust’s commitment to developing future leaders, a number of the existing Senior Leadership Team across both secondary schools gained experience through an ‘Associate’ SLT position before gaining substantive leadership posts.

Trust Staff Benefits

Alongside our very strong focus on outstanding professional development and promotion opportunities, we also offer a range of benefits including:

Competitive base salary with a tailor made development plan aimed at enhancing your future [earnings] potential through:

  • High quality, personalised CPD
  • Bespoke leadership development programmes
  • Subsidies for Masters and Degree courses
  • Secondment and shadowing opportunities
  • As part of our Multi Academy Trust, “Generations”, potential to work across more than one school to develop career enhancing skills and knowledge
  • Supported Nursery provision with Ashbourne at any of their nurseries in the Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, and Bedfordshire area:
    • 15% discount for all Trust staff.
    • Term time only places are available
    • A school day would be 9.00am – 3.00pm
    • “Sundries” would be applied to a child taking up a funded only space (e.g. 30 hours funding only). This covers the cost of: meals, snacks, nursery resources and consumables
  • Onsite car valeting at a reduced price for Trust staff
  • Substantially discounted membership to Lifestyle Fitness’s state of the art purpose built gym, at Goffs Academy

Additional financial incentives and tax efficient benefits, including:

  • Exam marker payment of £400 plus 2 days paid leave to do the marking (1styear)
  • Payments for staff taking weekend sporting fixtures: staff paid £200 for leading a minimum of six Saturday fixtures plus 6 weekly training sessions
  • A daily allowance of £50 for school trips taken over a weekend or any school holiday
  • A £1,000 Employee Referral Scheme (i.e. finder’s fee) for anyqualifying positionsthat you refer the successful candidate for: £500 on the person starting, and £500 if the person is still at the school 12 months later

Access to a wide range of health and well-being resources including:

  • New, professional and fit for purpose working environments
  • Free use of a range of sports and leisure facilities including a fully equipped gym and swimming pool.
  • Occupational Health & counselling support
  • Free flu jabs
  • Subsidised social events
  • 100% attendance reward – day in lieu, taken at each school’s discretion
  • Free tea, coffee and milk for staff

Alison Garner

Chief Executive Officer

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)
medical
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.

Applying for the job

If you're interested in teaching or training to teach in England as an international citizen, we can help you understand your next steps.

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to recruitment@generationsmat.herts.sch.uk

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About Flamstead End School

School type
Academy, ages 2 to 11
Education phase
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School size
485 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 11
Phone number
01992624375

Arranging a visit to Flamstead End School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email recruitment@generationsmat.herts.sch.uk.

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