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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    27 June 2024 at 10am

  • Date listed

    7 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • HLTA (higher level teaching assistant)

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Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Working pattern

Part time, full time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£32,076.00 - £33,945.00 Annually (FTE) SO1 Point 23-25

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) job summary

As a HLTA, you will play a pivotal role in working with and supporting students with significant barriers to learning. As a mainstream school we aim to offer a fully inclusive experience for all our students, including those with SEN. Our SEN team is committed to developing our young people to achieve the best they possibly can, overcoming challenges, developing new skills and becoming outstanding citizens.

The successful candidate will:

  • Develop, coordinate and deliver a range of literacy and reading interventions that will positively impact on student performance.
  • Work collaboratively with teachers and assist them in the whole planning cycle and the management/preparation of resources.
  • Support the teachers with their responsibility for the development and education of students, including those with special physical, emotional and educational needs, by utilising detailed knowledge and specialist skills.
  • Utilise knowledge of psychometric testing to assist with the identification of students with unmet need.
  • Provide support for pupils, the teacher and the school in order to raise standards of achievement for all pupils by utilising advanced levels of knowledge and skills when assisting with planning, monitoring, assessing and managing classes
  • Encourage pupils to become independent learners, to provide support for their welfare, and to support the inclusion of pupils in all aspects of school life.

You will be joining a group of 13 successful schools serving approximately 7000 children from nursery through to 18 years of age as part of the Central Regions Schools Trust, founded by the RSA. The school is highly aspirational, boasting fantastic facilities for both students and staff.

Job Description

Main Duties will include:

  • Contribute to and extend the range of relevant interventions currently on offer.
  • To contribute to the administration, tracking and monitoring of the intervention programmes delivered by the SEN team.
  • To have a main focus on literacy, reading and dyslexia.

Teaching and Learning:

  • Within an agreed system of supervision and within a pre-determined lesson framework, teach small groups that require significant levels of intervention.
  • Provide detailed verbal and written feedback on lesson content, pupil responses to learning activities and pupil behaviour, to teachers and pupils.
  • Motivate and progress pupils’ learning by using clearly structured, interesting teaching and learning activities.
  • Support the teaching of the literacy and reading strategy.
  • Be familiar with lesson plans, SEN Passports and learning objectives.
  • Promote and support the inclusion of all pupils, including those with specific needs, both in learning activities and within the classroom.
  • Use behaviour management strategies, in line with the school’s policy and procedures, to contribute to a purposeful learning environment and encourage pupils to interact and work co-operatively with others.
  • Organise and safely manage the appropriate learning environment and resources.
  • Promote and reinforce pupil’s self esteem and independence and employ strategies to recognise and reward achievement of self-reliance.
  • Assist the teachers in encouraging acceptance and integration of pupils with special needs, or from different cultures and/or with different first language.
  • Support the role of parents in pupils’ learning and contribute to/lead meetings with parents to provide constructive feedback on pupil progress, achievement and behaviour, maintaining sensitivity and confidentiality at all times.

Monitoring and Assessment:

  • Alongside teachers, evaluate pupils’ progress through a range of assessment activities.
  • Assess pupils’ responses to learning tasks and where appropriate, modify methods to meet individual and/or group needs.
  • Monitor pupils’ participation and progress and provide constructive feedback to pupils in relation to their progress and achievement.
  • Assist in maintaining and analysing records of pupils’ progress.
  • Contribute to programmes of observation and assessment as planned by the teacher and provide reports, evaluations and other information to assist in the provision of appropriate support for specific pupils.
  • Support the teaching staff with reporting pupils’ progress and achievements at parents meetings which are usually held outside school hours.

Behavioural and Pastoral:

  • Recognise and challenge any incidents of racism, bullying, harassment, victimisation and any form of abuse of equal opportunities, ensuring compliance with relevant school policies and procedures and making sure the individual/s involved understand it is unacceptable.
  • Understand and implement school safeguarding procedures and comply with legal responsibilities.
  • Assist in maintaining good discipline of pupils throughout the school and escort and supervise pupils on planned visits and journeys.
  • Foster and maintain constructive and supportive relationships with parents/carers, exchanging appropriate information, facilitating support for their child’s attendance, access and learning, and supporting home to school and community links.
  • Supervise pupils during break and lunchtimes on a rota system.

Other duties include:

  • To maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.
  • To undertake such other duties, training and/or hours of work as may be reasonably required and which are consistent with the general level of responsibility of this job.
  • To undertake health and safety duties commensurate with the post and/or as detailed in the School’s Health and Safety Policy.
  • To participate in the school’s emergency response arrangements as directed by the designated officer.
  • Contribute to the Trust’s overall ethos, work, aims by attending relevant meetings and contributing to the development of policies and procedures. Also participate in staff meetings and training days/events as requested


In all contacts the post holder will be required to present a good image of the school as well as maintaining constructive relationships.

Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified. Staff will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description. This job description will be reviewed annually and the Principal reserves the right to alter the content of this job description, after consultation with the post-holder, to reflect changes to the job or services provided, without altering the general character or level of responsibility.

All staff are responsible for promoting and safeguarding the safety and welfare of children and young adults.

Next steps

If you are excited by this role and believe you have the vision and values to fulfil this challenge, then please contact the HR department on GOSHR@gospeloakschool.co.uk or by calling us on 0121 556 1351.

A visit to the School and an informal chat with a member of the Senior Leadership Team is welcomed and encouraged prior to making your application.

Closing date: Thursday 27th June @ 10am.

Want to know more about Gospel Oak School?

Please visit our website www.gospeloakschool.co.uk, the Central Region Schools Trust website www.centralregionschoolstrust.co.uk and don’t forget to take a look at our promotional video.

The Central Region Schools Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All our posts are subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure, 2 work references and other employment checks.

Commitment to safeguarding

Central Region Schools Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our students and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All our posts are subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure, 2 work references and other employment checks.

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About Gospel Oak School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1223 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Gospel Oak School, formerly the RSA Academy serves the borough of Sandwell, but due to its geographical position students join us from Wolverhampton and Walsall. In 2017 the school joined the Central RSA Academies Trust and has been working closely and collaboratively across the trust to offer greater opportunities for all. Over the last 5 years the trust has grown in size and strength, from September 2021 the trust is now an academy approved sponsor in its own right and the RSA will no longer sponsor the trust, although we will continue to work closely with the RSA. This changing relationship has provided the trust and the school to rebrand ourselves, the trust will now be known as Central Region Schools Trust and the school; Gospel Oak School.

The rebrand for the school has allowed us to reflect on the true heritage of the local community. The school is based in Gospel Oak and as a community we are very proud of our Black Country heritage, it is for this reason our new branding reflects the colours of the Black Country along with symbolic representation of the area, with the narrowboat which reflects the locality of the Gospel Oak canal basin, the oak tree for when the parish was so large the parishioners prayed under it once a month and the Black Country links to industry within the area.

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