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  • Start date details

    As Soon As Satisfactory Clearances completed

  • Closing date

    27 February 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    7 February 2023

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Full time: 37 hours a week, Term Time plus 5 INSET days

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

Grade D,SCP 9-17 (£23,194 - £26,845 p.a.) Actual Salary £20,607 - £24,470 p.a.

What skills and experience we're looking for

  • Can you inspire our students to reach for the stars?
  • Can you make a difference to the lives of our Special Needs/Complex Needs students?

To support the growing pastoral needs of the school, we are seeking to appoint an empathetic practitioner who can embody the principles of the school’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy. We are looking for someone who has skills and experience in working with young people with additional needs and are ambitious about developing their skills sets and practice.

You must have a proven background of successfully working with children. You must have good ICT skills and be innovative in your approaches to their deployment and use. You must be able to form good working relationships with students, be an excellent role model and have excellent skills in responding to and resolving complex behaviours. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and a passion and desire to work with pupils from a variety of backgrounds. They must be dynamic individuals who are able to respond to the changing demands of daily school life.

The successful candidate will be passionate about inclusion and improving outcomes for students with special educational needs and share our commitment to ensuring that all our young people are fully prepared and supported for life beyond education. This is an excellent opportunity to join our flourishing, supportive and highly-skilled staff team.

What the school offers its staff

Our school is a safe, happy and learning environment in which everyone is encouraged to achieve their full potential through high aspirations and a wealth of opportunities and experiences.

Our school caters for 238 pupils aged 7 -19 years with a wide range of special educational needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Development Delay and Moderate to Severe Learning Disabilities.

The School offers a comprehensive CPD programme and has been awarded the Investors in People Platinum Award. School occupies state-of-the-art facilities on a £23million Rowley Learning Campus.

Our school is led by a dedicated Head Teacher and senior leadership team who are supported by a committed Governing Board and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop within an exciting and creative curriculum and be part of a highly motivated team, which prides itself on its collaborative working practices, and are transforming the lives of our young people.

Our School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS clearance is required for this role. For more information about the School’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy go to the Policy Section of our website athttps://thewestminsterschool.co.uk/ofsted/statutory-policies/.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS clearance is required for all roles within the school.

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About The Westminster School

School type
Special school, ages 7 to 19
School size
231 pupils enrolled
Age range
7 to 19
Email address
Phone number
0121 296 3000

An outstanding special school for students with MLD + additional needs aged 7 - 19 years.

At The Westminster School we are looking for exceptional individuals to work as part our flourishing and creative staff team. You will have the support of our highly-skilled teaching and learning staff, a dedicated Senior Leadership Team and an enthusiastic Governing Board that considers continuing professional development for all staff an essential factor in achieving the best outcomes for all of our young people.
We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and cultivate an inclusive, diverse school community within which difference is celebrated. We are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, or race. The Westminster School is committed to ensuring equality of opportunity in employment for all and to taking action to avoid discrimination.

The Westminster School is recognised as a Disability Confident Employer. We play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better and reaping the benefits of inclusive recruitment and workplace practices. If you would like to discuss any accessibility requirements for the recruitment process, please contact the HR Manager on 0121 561 6884 or via e-mail to angela.gibson1@westminster.sandwell.sch.uk and we will be happy to discuss these with you.

The Westminster School has achieved the Investors in People Platinum Award and was the first school in the country to achieve this recognition.

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