This job expired on 18 October 2021

  • Expected start date

    As soon as possible

  • Application deadline

    18 October 2021 at 9:00am

  • Date listed

    14 October 2021

Job details

Job role
Teaching assistant
SEND responsibilities (special educational needs and disabilities)
Working pattern
Part time
33.75 hours per week, 39 weeks per year (term time only plus INSET days)
Contract type
The starting salary is Grade 6 for candidates without HLTA status (currently £16,032.78) rising to Grade 8 (£19,737.60) once HLTA status is awarded.

Job summary

The Cooper School is seeking to appoint a Higher Level Teaching Assistant/Academic Co-Ordinator. Based within the Achieving and Creating Excellence (ACE) Centre, the post is to work 33.75 hours per week for 39 weeks per year (term-time only plus INSET days).

The successful candidate will either have HLTA status, or be willing to train towards this. The starting salary is Grade 6 for candidates without HLTA status (currently £16,032.78) rising to Grade 8 (£19,737.60) once HLTA status is awarded.

In this role you will work with AEN students in the ACE Centre as their Academic Co-Ordinator (key worker) in order to support individual students in addressing gaps in their learning. The aim is that, through the support of their Academic Co-Ordinator, students will be able to access the curriculum to the best of their ability, developing self-confidence and resilience.

We can offer you:

competitive salary;

an excellent pension scheme;

regular training opportunities;

friendly and supportive colleagues;

a vibrant and diverse environment where everyone is valued.

We are looking for an individual who has:

HLTA standards (level 4) or the equivalent foundation degree (level 5) or be willing to work towards them;

experience of supporting students with Special Educational Needs;

a willingness to attend training which is relevant to the post;

excellent interpersonal skills both in relation to students as well as other adults (including outside agencies) and effective oral and written communication skills;

good organisation and time management skills;

sound ICT skills to support learning and to maintain electronic information systems;

the ability to remain calm in challenging situations and to empathise with students’ primary carers;

an awareness of responsibilities for health and safety of themselves and others;

a commitment to safeguarding children.

If you have any questions regarding the position or would like to visit our school, please contact Human Resources to make arrangements. Telephone 01869 242121 or email

CVs will not be considered without a completed application form - Further details and an application form are available below, or please visit our website

The closing date for all applications is Monday 18 October 2021 at 9am.

Bernwode Schools Trust have the right to interview and appoint at any time throughout this recruitment process. All candidates are advised to refer to the job description and person specification before making an application.

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK.

Bernwode Schools Trust is committed to safeguarding children. The successful candidate will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly CRB) in line with Section 115 of the Police Act 1997.

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School overview

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
School size
1299 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Contact phone number
01869 242121

About The Cooper School

At The Cooper School, we pride ourselves on being forward thinking in terms of curriculum decisions which support our students; focused on improving learning through the use of new technologies and determined to continuously refine our approaches to teaching and learning. Investing in the Media Suite reflects a small part of our approach to making learning engaging, relevant and active for our students.

Joining us as a member of staff at The Cooper School means being able to see the big picture for the students here. It means that whilst we always strive for academic excellence, we also place great value upon students becoming adaptable, resourceful and enquiring. These are the sort of skills that will enable them to become effective citizens, just as much as their academic results will. As such, we encourage independent learning, enrichment initiatives and House-based teamwork and co-operation.

Working here is an opportunity to flourish as a professional. We ‘grow our own’ leaders. Many new staff have taken on additional responsibilities which is a mark of their quality and commitment to making progress in their own careers as well as their desire to become part of a successful and positive organisation.

School location

Churchill Road, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 4RS

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