Lead Teaching Assistant (Compass)
Start date: 02 January 2024
Location: Ark Alexandra Academy, Hastings, East Sussex
Salary: Ark Outside London Support Scale 6, Pay Points 8-19: £24,702 to £29,777 (pro rata)
Actual salary: £21,247.86 - £25,613.21 per annum
Hours: 36 hours per week, term time only (39 weeks per year)
Closing date: 9.00am, Tuesday 28 November 2023
The school reserves the right to close this advert early and interviews may take place before the advertised closing date. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early for this role to avoid disappointment.
Would you like to be instrumental in helping remove barriers to student progress and development?
This is a rare opportunity to join our hard-working, dedicated internal alternative provision team in our growing academy.
As a Lead Teaching Assistant, the successful candidate will provide specialist support for pupils, parents, TAs and teachers, to establish a supportive learning environment in which children make excellent academic progress. The successful candidate will be part of our internal alternative provision for students with social, emotional and mental health needs, working in class to support students and planning and delivering intervention programmes to address the student needs and to remove barriers to their progress and development.
We need someone who is proactive, has excellent communication skills, is experienced in establishing successful learning relationships with young people and adults and has a genuine passion for and belief in the potential of every student. The ability to remain calm and professional under pressure in a busy environment is essential.
To find out more about the role and responsibilities, please read the job description and person specification within the information pack available for download from here.
As the ideal candidate you will:
- Have a Teaching Assistant qualification or be willing to work towards this
- Have the ability to modify and adapt behaviour and approaches when dealing with challenging situations
- Have a helpful, positive and patient nature
- Be resilient, calm and professional under pressure
- Have experience in establishing successful learning relationships with young people, treating them consistently with respect and consideration
- Have experience in developing and implementing high quality programmes and interventions for students.
Ark Alexandra is a two-campus secondary academy with a Sixth Form provision in Hastings, East Sussex and is the largest secondary with 6th form in the Ark network. A popular school, we have grown to have over 1,600 students this year. We work across a split site which brings with it unique opportunities for growth and development. At our most recent Ofsted inspection in September 2021, Leadership & Management, Behaviour & Attitudes, Personal Development and Sixth Form were all judged to be Good.
Ark Alexandra works closely with our feeder primary schools, Ark Blacklands, Ark Little Ridge and Ark Castledown, all of which have exceptional leadership graded as Outstanding by Ofsted.
As a Church of England school, our values of faith, excellence and kindness underpin our ethos, culture and behaviour. We have an inclusive admissions policy that welcomes, without preference, students of all faith and none. Our vision is to create a truly great school for the young people in Hastings. We believe that everyone deserves to be accepted, included, and empowered to live a purposeful and fulfilling life.
What we offer:
- Local Government Pension Scheme with a generous employer contribution
- Subsidised gym membership
- Cycle to Work scheme
- Healthcare Cashplan
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Staff discounts (online and in-store) via instant vouchers or reloadable gift cards from the Ark Rewards scheme
How to apply:
Please click here to complete an online application form by 9am on Tuesday 28 November 2023, however we will be reviewing applications on an on-going basis and this advert may close earlier than advertised depending on the level of response. Early application is strongly encouraged. You will be able to pause, save and log back in to complete your application up until the vacancy closes.
If you have any questions about the role, please email ALEHR@arkalexandra.org
If you’re interested in further information about our school, please visit our website – www.arkalexandra.org
Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies. In order to meet this responsibility, its academies follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants.
Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment - this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred. To read more about Ark’s safer recruitment process, please click this link.
Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies.
Ark requires all employees to undertake an enhanced DBS check. You are required, before appointment, to disclose any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily debar you from employment - this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred.
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