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  • Start date details

    1st September 2024 or ASAP

  • Closing date

    25 April 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    21 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • HLTA (higher level teaching assistant)

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Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

Actual - £25173-£28896

What skills and experience we're looking for

Essential requirements

Qualifications and other required skills

Higher Level Teaching Assistant standard (or willingness to achieve status with an agreed timescale)

Must meet the professional standards for HLTA

Excellent literacy and numeracy skills (equivalent to NVQ Level 2 in English & Maths)

Experience of working in a SLD School or Specialist Setting

Ability to lead and direct the work of others

Specialist skills / training in curriculum or therapeutic interventions (eg Read, Write Inc, MOVE, Communication, Sensory Integration, Positive Behaviour Support)

Experience delivering small group or 1:1 intervention with pupils

Good understanding of child development and learning processes

Ability to relate well to children and adults

Communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences (verbal, written, using ICT as appropriate)

Ability to organise, lead and motivate a team. Be an effective team player who works collaboratively and effectively with others

Be able to remain calm in stressful situations, risk assessing need and adapting plans in response to changing situations

Genuine commitment to delivering the best outcomes for all pupils at Millstead, promoting the ethos and high aspirations of the school leaders

Be physically fit and have high emotional resilience

Take responsibility for own professional development, and the development of others

Desirable Requirements

Deal successfully with situations that may include difficult conversations and conflict resolution

What the school offers its staff

Due to the significant expansion of our provision across 2 sites in the north and south of Liverpool, Millstead School will be able to transform the lives of more children who have severe learning difficulties, profound & multiple learning difficulties or complex autism.

The governors and headteacher of our OUTSTANDING school (Ofsted January 2024) are looking to appoint a number of talented Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) who are aspirational for themselves and the children they support. Candidates should have a proven track record of being an excellent practitioner within a special school setting and with experience of leading others.

About our school:

At Millstead School, we aim to provide a world-class education for all pupils which transforms their lives and the lives of their families. In September 2024, there will be 250 pupils on roll aged 2 – 11 years, based in the Everton and Naylorsfield areas of the city. All pupils have an education, health and care plan (EHCP) which recognises their severe and complex needs.

Our “extraordinary and ambitious” curriculum follows 3 distinct learning pathways:

Ø Cohort 1: Pre-Formal learners with complex autism or profound & multiple learning difficulties. These pupils are below Pre-Key Stage Standards and are working within the Engagement Model;

Ø Cohort 2: Pre-Formal learners who are in the Early Years. These pupils are also below Pre-Key Stage Standards and are working within the Engagement Model. For many of these children, joining the Millstead family will be their first experience of an educational setting;

Ø Cohort 3: Semi-Formal learners in Key Stage 1 and 2. These pupils are working within Pre-Key Stage Standard in English and Maths.

About the role:

We are seeking to recruit excellent practitioners with a sound knowledge and understanding of severe learning difficulties and early childhood development who are ready to step up to the HLTA role. HTLA postholders will be working within an allocated a cohort on one of our sites providing PPA & cover supervision, leading intervention activities with individuals / small groups of pupils and supporting subject (English & Maths) or aspect leaders (within the areas of physical, communication, behaviour or sensory) to develop provision across the whole school. HLTAs will also line manage identified Additional Needs Support Assistants and mentor apprentices.

At Millstead School no two days are ever the same. Some days are challenging, most days are fun, and every day is rewarding.

Further details about the role

JOB DESCRIPTION: Higher Level Teaching Assistant

RESPONSIBLE TO: Headteacher and Governing Body

All HLTA post holders should hold qualified HLTA status (or equivalent) or be committed to achieving Level 4 status within an agreed timescale.


v To complement the professional work of teachers by taking responsibility for agreed activities across the school or designated cohort.

v To plan, prepare and deliver learning activities for individuals and groups; monitor and assess pupils, recording and reporting on pupils’ achievement, progress and development with the support of the teacher.

v To be responsible for the line management of Additional Needs Support Assistants including the allocation and monitoring of work, appraisal and training.


Support For Pupils

‘Pupils’ includes working with individual pupils as well as groups and whole class.

Ø Deliver learning activities during any period where the teacher is absent from class.

Ø Develop and implement plans for individual pupils.

Ø Assess the needs of pupils and use detailed knowledge and specialist skills to support learning.

Ø Promote independence and employ strategies to enable pupils to become as independent in their learning and self-care as possible.

Ø Provide feedback to students in relation to progress and achievement.

Ø Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all students within the classroom showing respect and dignity regardless of social, cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Ø Establish productive working relationships with pupils, acting as a role model with positive values, attitudes and behaviour and setting high expectations to raise their educational achievement.

Ø Liaise with families, maintaining positive relationships with them, recognising the importance of information sharing and the role families play in pupils’ learning.

Ø Where appropriate, liaise with external professional colleagues, sharing knowledge and information to develop wider understanding of the specific needs of individual pupils.

Ø Encourage pupils to interact and work co-operatively with others and engage all pupils in activities.

Ø Support pupils consistently, recognising and responding to their individual needs.

Ø Liaise, when appropriate, with parents / carers in cases such as illness, mishaps, incidents etc. Ensure that communications are recorded on CPOMS.

Support for Teachers

Ø Organise and manage appropriate learning environments and resources that meet the diversity of pupils’ needs and interests.

Ø Within an agreed system of supervision, plan challenging teaching and learning objectives and to evaluate and adjust lessons/work plans as appropriate.

Ø Contribute effectively to the teacher’s planning and target setting. Monitor and evaluate pupil responses to learning activities through a range of assessment and monitoring strategies against pre-determined learning objectives.

Ø Design appropriate resources to ensure learning environment are effective and agreed strategies and approaches are consistently employed.

Ø Provide objective and accurate feedback and reports as required on pupil achievement, progress and other matters, ensuring the availability of appropriate evidence.

Ø Record progress and achievement in lessons/activities systematically and provide evidence of range and level of progress and attainment.

Ø Work within the agreed behaviour support policy to anticipate and manage behaviour constructively, promoting self-control and independence.

Ø Ensure management of behaviours of concern is in line with the school’s policy and procedures and follow behaviour plans of individual pupils.

Ø Supporting the role of parents in pupils’ learning and contribute to/lead meetings with parents to provide constructive feedback on pupil progress/achievement etc.

Ø Work closely with the class teacher to ensure consistent management of the class and staff is maintained.

Ø Direct the work of support assistants in supporting learning and development.

Support for the Curriculum

Ø Advance pupils’ learning in a range of classroom settings, including working with individuals, small groups and whole classes where the assigned teacher is not present.

Ø Deliver learning activities to pupils within agreed system of supervision, adjusting activities according to pupil responses/needs.

Ø Select and prepare resources necessary to lead learning activities, taking account of pupils’ interests, stage of development and physical limitations.

Ø Advise on appropriate deployment and use of specialist aids/resources/equipment.


HLTAs should:

§ actively contribute to and promote the overall ethos and values of Millstead School.

§ maintain consistent high standards of professional conduct, tact and diplomacy at all times in dealing with pupils, parents, staff colleagues, external agencies and any other visitors to the school.

§ maintain absolute confidentiality and exercise discretion with regard to staff / pupil information and the school’s business at all times.

§ act as ambassadors for the school within the local community and beyond, ensuring that the values and ethos of Millstead School are promoted and upheld at all times.

§ undertake any other reasonable tasks and responsibilities as requested by the Headteacher which fall within the scope of the post.

These responsibilities may be reviewed at any time with due consultation and will be reviewed as part of ongoing review of staffing and responsibility structures in keeping with the changing needs of the school.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment to keeping children safe. Any offer of employment will be subject to statutory pre-employment checks including satisfactory references and Enhanced DBS and Barred List checks. This post is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (as amended in 2013 & 2020) and shortlisted candidates will be required to disclose any relevant criminal history prior to interview.
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About Millstead School

School type
Special school, ages 2 to 11
School size
136 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 11
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Millstead is a primary special school with a community of fantastic children who have a wide range of interests, abilities and additional needs (including severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties, sensory impairments and autism).

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