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  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    16 May 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    30 April 2024

Job details

Job role

  • HLTA (higher level teaching assistant)

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Full time: 37 hours per week, 39 weeks per year

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

Grade 5 £27,803 to £30,296 FTE

Pay scale

Grade 5

What skills and experience we're looking for

Meet higher level teaching assistant standards or equivalent qualification or experience

Excellent numeracy/literacy skills – equivalent to at least Basic Skills Level 2 in English &


*The ability to converse at ease with members of the public and students and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential to the role

Understanding of, and the ability to demonstrate, the HLTA Standards

Plan effective activities for pupils at risk of underachieving

Develop their knowledge through the evaluation of their own learning needs

Ability to maintain effective record keeping

Ability to self-evaluate learning needs and actively seek learning opportunities

Ability to effectively use ICT to support learning, or to undertake training to do so

Knowledge of the requirements of the national literacy and numeracy strategies

Effective oral and written communication skills

Excellent interpersonal skills both in working relationship with students and in forming effective professional relationships with a wide range of contacts

Good organisational and time management skills

Attention to detail

Ability to form and maintain appropriate professional relationships and boundaries with children and young people

Ability to deal with sensitive information in a confidential manner

An understanding of and a genuine commitment to Equal Opportunities

A minimum of two years’ experience of working with children (either paid or unpaid capacity) preferably in an education setting

Previous experience of teaching whole classes

Understanding of relevant policies/codes of practice and awareness of relevant legislation

A positive interest in working with children

Have high expectations of children


Ability and willingness to work constructively as part of a team

Ability to work calmly and with patience

Ability to build positive relationships with both students and parents

Empathy with young people facing barriers to their learning

A commitment to helping students achieve, through education and learning

A positive interest in literacy development

Have knowledge of safeguarding guidelines and practices

Demonstrate positive values, attitudes and behaviour

Communicate effectively with the school community Demonstrate a commitment to collaborative & cooperative working

What the school offers its staff

  • UNIQUENESS Woodlands is distinguished from other schools by its unique, warm, and welcoming atmosphere where everyone is treated fairly and with respect.
  • COMMUNITY Staff members, many of whom have dedicated 17 years to Woodlands, view the institution as an extended family, indicating a strong sense of community within the school.
  • INCLUSIVITY Staff members appreciate working at Woodlands primarily for the team's emphasis on inclusion and meeting the needs of every child, reflecting a commitment to inclusivity.
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Woodlands Primary School offers a wide array of professional opportunities with a clear focus on continuous professional development and growth. The leadership team is noted for their exceptional support and investment in staff.
  • UNITY The staff at Woodlands are described as resilient, professional, hardworking, and supportive of each other, fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie within the school community.
  • FORWARD THINKING Woodlands and its associated trust are recognized for their forward-thinking approach, being outward-facing, research-led, and collaborative in their endeavours.
  • TEAMWORK Collaboration among staff at Woodlands goes beyond mere cooperation, reflecting true camaraderie and a shared commitment to supporting one another to create an environment where every child's needs are met.
  • WORKLOAD The manageable workload at Woodlands enables staff to deliver their best while maintaining a healthy work-life balance, contributing to a positive working environment.
  • COLLABORATION The Mercia Learning Trust is praised for its commitment to supporting staff and providing valuable opportunities for collaboration with practitioners across its network of schools.
  • CHALLENGE Staff members at Woodlands find fulfillment in the daily challenges presented by their roles, particularly in the enthusiasm displayed by the students, highlighting the rewarding nature of their work.

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)
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.

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About Woodlands Primary School

School type
Academy, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
484 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11

Thank you for your interest in joining Valley Park Community Nursery and Primary School. This is an excellent opportunity to join a great school and to play a key role in shaping the provision of education for our children.

At Valley Park Primary and Nursery School we care about success and about each other. We have high expectations inside the classroom and outside the classroom in all that we do. As a community school, we take our role seriously in providing the best quality care and education for children from age 2 to 11.

We focus on the important things that children need. We do not focus solely on outcomes and test results, but on giving children the right attitudes and knowledge for a successful life. To demonstrate this, we have our “4 Is” which we want all children to become: intelligent talkers, insatiable readers, impeccably behaved and inclusive citizens. Everything we do should focus on these.

Many of our children need the care and attention of our school to be like a family. So, we have our family values which are:

RESPECT: resilience, empathy, self-respect, punctuality, enthusiasm, character and talk.

All of us need to show these values at all times, our staff, children and community. This means we develop in our knowledge and our behaviour.

Our staff team are central to our success. They drive and accelerate the provision we offer to our community and we want the very best people to join us. We have a very strong staff team who are all focused on our children, making sure that every day is the best it can be for all of them.

If you feel you have the skills, drive and ambition to help support our aims, then please do read on.

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