- Job role
- Teaching assistant
- Working pattern
- Term time
- Contract type
- Annual or full-time equivalent (FTE) salary
- Grade 5 (Outer London): £25,137-£26,997 FTE
- Actual salary
- £21,013-£22,570 + Performance and Loyalty Bonus + Harris Wellbeing Cash Plan + Pension Scheme (LGPS) + Additional Harris Benefits
We are looking for a Higher Level Teaching Assistant to complement the professional work of teachers by taking responsibility for agreed activities under an agreed system of supervision. This may involve planning, preparing and delivering learning activities for individuals/groups or short term for whole classes and monitoring students and assessing, recording and reporting on students’ achievement, progress and development. Responsible for the management and development of a subject area within the academy and/or management of other teaching assistants including allocation and monitoring of work, appraisal and training.
Support for Students
Assess the needs of students and use detailed knowledge and specialist skills to support students’ learning
Establish productive working relationships with students, acting as a role model and setting high expectations
Develop and implement IEPs
Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all students within the classroom
Support students consistently whilst recognising and responding to their individual needs
Encourage students to interact and work co-operatively with others and engage all students in activities
Promote independence and employ strategies to recognise and reward achievement of self-reliance
Provide feedback to students in relation to progress, achievement, behaviour, attendance etc
Support for Teachers
Within an agreed system of supervision and within a pre-determined lesson framework, teach small groups or whole groups.
Provide detailed verbal and written feedback on lesson content, student responses to learning activities and student behaviour, to teachers and students.
Motivate and progress students’ learning by using clearly structured, interesting teaching and learning activities.
Organise and manage appropriate learning environment and resources
Within an agreed system of supervision, plan challenging teaching and learning objectives to evaluate and adjust lessons/work plans as appropriate.
Monitor and evaluate student responses to learning activities through a range of assessment and monitoring strategies against pre-determined learning objectives.
Provide objective and accurate feedback and reports as required on student achievement, progress and other matters, ensuring the availability of appropriate evidence.
Record progress and achievement in lessons/activities systematically and providing evidence of range and level of progress and attainment.
Work within an established discipline policy to anticipate and manage behaviour constructively, promoting self-control and independence.
Supporting the role of parents in students’ learning and contribute to/lead meetings with parents to provide constructive feedback on student progress/achievement etc.
Administer and assess/mark tests and invigilate exams/tests.
Production of lesson plans, worksheet, plans etc.
Support for the Curriculum
Deliver learning activities to students within agreed system of supervision, adjusting activities according to student responses/needs.
Deliver local and national learning strategies e.g. literacy, numeracy, KS3, early years and make effective use of opportunities provided by other learning activities to support the development of students’ skills.
Use ICT effectively to support learning activities and develop students’ competence and independence in its use.
Select and prepare resources necessary to lead learning activities, taking account of students’ interests and language and cultural backgrounds.
Advise on appropriate deployment and use of specialist aid/resources/equipment.
Qualifications & Experience
Experience working with children of relevant age
Experience of working with students with additional needs
Experience of delivering literacy and reading/writing recovery programmes
Qualifications & Training
Provide evidence of fulfilling the Higher Level Teaching Assistant standards and or ability and potential to fulfil them within the first 6 months of the role.
Relevant qualifications that help demonstrate evidence towards the above
Excellent numeracy/literacy skills – equivalent to at least NVQ Level 2 in English and Maths
Hold relevant qualifications at A level or equivalent to at least NQF Level 3
Evidence of specialism in specific curriculum areas or areas of particular learning difficulty
Qualifications relevant to subject area they will be based in
Meet Higher Level Teaching Assistant standards or equivalent qualification or experience
Training in relevant learning strategies e.g. literacy
Specialist skills/training in curriculum or learning area e.g. bi-lingual, sign language, ICT Qualifications and experience relevant to the subject area they will be based in
Knowledge & Skills
Full working knowledge of relevant polices/codes of practice/legislation
Working knowledge of national curriculum and other relevant learning programmes
Understanding of principles of child development and learning processes and in particular, barriers to learning
Ability to plan effective actions for students at risk of underachieving
Understand range of support services/providers
Ability to self-evaluate learning needs and actively seek learning opportunities
Ability to relate well to children and adults
Work constructively as part of a team, understanding classroom roles and responsibilities and your own position within these
Shows a personal commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and rights of young people.
Appreciates the significance of safeguarding and interprets this for all individual children and young people whatever their circumstances
Can demonstrate an ability to contribute towards a safe environment
Excellent interpersonal skills both in working relationship with young students and in forming effective professional relationships with a wide range of contacts including parents and families
Enthusiasm, drive and a love for the job
Committed to high personal standards at all times
Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people
The Harris Federation and all our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. Before applying, please review our Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders.
The Harris Federation is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.
As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students, and all our staff are equally valued and respected. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff.
Our people are at the heart of our success. We have developed a strong culture of collaboration and best practice, with professional development and career planning at its centre. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of top-quality training programmes delivered at every level to senior leadership.
We look for talented individuals who share our vision for creating exceptional places of learning, and are committed to ensuring that every child in London has access to the best possible education.
In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package which includes our Harris Allowance, a Performance and Loyalty Bonus, Pension Scheme, a Wellbeing Cash Plan and many other benefits.
Applying for the job
All applications must be made online via the apply link.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact us via e-mail, or call to arrange a conversation.
Before applying, please download the Job Pack for full details on the job responsibilities and person specification. You will need this when completing your application.
Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received and we reserve the right to offer to a candidate prior to the closing date. We only accept applications submitted online via our careers website and which are completed before the closing deadline. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible and advise you check the job information as per the listing on our careers site.More on how to apply (opens in new tab)
- School type
- Free School, ages 16 to 19
- Education phase
- School size
- 191 pupils enrolled
- Age range
- 16 to 19
About Harris Professional Skills Sixth Form
Harris Professional Skills Sixth Form is a unique new sixth form, established to provide an outstanding vocational education and preparation for skills-based work or transition to university for students in Croydon and the surrounding boroughs.
Harris Professional Skills Sixth Form caters for students who may not suit the traditional pathways at post-16. With small class sizes and strong pastoral support, we offer excellent, focused vocational options as well as the opportunity to take or resit GCSEs that you need to progress further – whether you choose to progress into a career or higher education.
Our new academy will offer a choice of construction, manufacturing, business or media for students choosing a vocational pathway, and a curriculum that will challenge and inspire you to develop the skills and confidence you need to compete successfully for jobs in your chosen vocation.
Croydon, like much of London and the South East, is undergoing a huge programme of construction and regeneration with the potential to benefit the area for generations to come. With a focus on hard skills and employability, Harris Professional Skills Sixth Form will help you develop the skills you need to be who you want to be – and be part of that success.