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  • Closing date

    31 May 2024 at 8am

  • Date listed

    19 April 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Full time: 5 days a week 8.15am – 3.15pmTerm time only (38 weeks)

Contract type


Pay scale


What skills and experience we're looking for


Job profile


Supports the teacher with their responsibility for the development and education of pupils with special needs. Uses routine supervision and care skills to support pupils, including those who have physical, emotional or educational needs. Under the direction and supervision of the teacher:

 Assists in the delivery of individual work programmes for pupils with statements of special educational needs.

 Monitors progress and contributes to future planning.

 Works with small groups of pupils as required.

 Organises and maintains the learning environment.

 Works as part of a team to ensure that the well being, behaviour and personal development of the pupil(s) enhances learning opportunities and life skills



To assist an individual teacher, or teachers, with classroom organisation and to undertake directed work, such as hearing pupils read or helping with computer skills with individual pupils or small groups. To prepare resource materials as required.


To assist in meeting the pupil’s need for encouragement, reassurance and comfort and to foster the development of his/her self-reliance, powers of concentration and sense of individual responsibility.


The postholder will have the opportunity to play a significant role in helping to develop the self confidence and independence of individual pupils through a close and developing relationship, and in helping them to integrate with other pupils and achieve the maximum possible personal and academic benefits from their period at the school.


These tasks serve to indicate the range of duties and level of responsibilities involved. It is not exhaustive and it is not intended that every Special Needs Assistant will undertake the full range of tasks.


  • to participate, with teaching staff, in the planning and evaluation of learning materials and equipment.
  • to assist in the preparation and adaptation of teaching materials, worksheets etc as necessary
  • to assist with instruction in the use of specialist equipment (eg computer) and, where appropriate, the correct and safe use of tools and equipment.
  • to supervise children undertaking potentially dangerous equipment in-group activities such as craft work or cookery.
  • to assist pupils individually or in small groups in developing their reading and numeracy skills in accordance with the principles of good learning practice adopted by the school.
  • to assist in supervising tests and recording scores.
  • to participate in staff development activities and, where required, to contribute to any discussion of curriculum development and the progress of individual pupils.
  • to accompany the class on school visits and be aware of difficulties encountered in unfamiliar surroundings. The timing of such visits may overrun the normal school day.


  • to make sure that pupils are in appropriate working positions and have access to required equipment and materials.
  • to attend to pupils’ personal requirements and provide physical care on a daily basis, for example supervising movement around different areas of the school site as necessary: assisting younger children with changing out of and into outdoor clothing for example.
  • to work with pupils in developing their study and organisational skills
  • to work with pupils to build their self-confidence, self-reliance and social skills.


  • preparation of resource packs and first aid box for school visits
  • mounting work for display
  • classroom resource management, informing the school office of shortages and recording the receipt of replacement stock.
  • supervision and safe return of artefacts brought into the classroom by pupils to illustrate current topic work.
  • to prepare and, where appropriate record on video or audio tape, resource materials as requested by staff.
  • assist with the daily setting up of the classroom and tidying up after lessons.


  • To supervise and maintain positive behaviour of pupils during the midday break, in dining areas, about the school premises and in play areas.
  • To assist and direct pupils in the dining areas and elsewhere, dealing with incidents of unacceptable behaviour and referring matters to the Senior Midday Supervisor when necessary.
  • To assist as directed with the maintenance of orderly arrangements both for taking of the school meal and the use of the buildings and other areas by pupils.
  • To organise play activities as directed by the Senior Midday Meals Supervisor.
  • Such other minor and/or non-recurring duties, appropriate to the post, as may be directed.
  • To take your lunch break when directed.

What the school offers its staff

We can offer you:

  • A friendly team of colleagues who will make you welcome and support you within a learning culture;
  • A total commitment to a work-life balance whilst continuing to maintain standards
  • Bespoke professional development focused on Good / outstanding teaching
  • Pension Scheme

Further details about the role


Person Specification



 Good level of written and spoken English.

 Numerate.

 Basic IT skills.

 Able to follow instructions.

 Able to plan and prioritise regular and irregular tasks.

 Able to clarify and explain instructions to pupil(s).

 Able to communicate effectively with pupils.

 Able to motivate pupils to learn.

 Able to assist with the organisation of the learning environment.

 Able to undertake routine tasks under the direction of the teacher or supervisor.

 Craft skills.

 Able to maintain records and pupil files.

 Able to work effectively with adult team members.

 Able to maintain confidentiality

Good general education. Grade C GCSE Maths and English.

Ideally - The core National Occupational Standards for Supporting Teaching and Learning and certain optional standards are relevant to this role. Support Work in Schools Vocational Qualification at Level 2 NVQ Level in Supporting Teaching and Learning at Level 2

Commitment to safeguarding

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Applying for the job

If you're interested in teaching or training to teach in England as an international citizen, we can help you understand your next steps.

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to astone@burstow.surrey.sch.uk

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About Burstow Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
437 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11
Phone number

Burstow Primary School

Arranging a visit to Burstow Primary School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email astone@burstow.surrey.sch.uk.

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