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  • Closing date

    17 July 2024 at 8am

  • Date listed

    8 July 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Part time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£15,662.42 - £15,926.01 Annually (Actual) Starting at Grade 4, progressing to Grade 6 on successful completion of 6 months probationary period (NJC 8 -13) £16,749.61 - £18,211.90 pro rata (FTE £24,702 - £ 26,873)

SEN Teaching Assistant job summary

We are looking for a Teaching Assistant to join a team of hard working friendly people within the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) department, supporting pupils with learning difficulties. An individual who has vision and a passion for bringing out the best in all children and can make a real difference in our school. Specifically, we would like someone who has the following qualities:

  • Calmness

  • Willingness to learn

  • Empathy

  • Enthusiasm

  • Flexibility

  • Initiative

  • A sense of humour

This job is 29.5 hours per week, term time plus 3 inset days, and the nature of the work is physically, as well as mentally demanding but extremely rewarding. Previous experience of working with children or vulnerable adults is essential and experience of working with children with SEND, though not essential, would be an advantage. We are able to provide full training and you will be welcomed into a team of hard-working, friendly and driven individuals who are able to enhance your experience here with us. Visitors comment on the warm atmosphere in the school where our children are friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming. We offer candidates the opportunity to join our supportive and motivated team of staff and governors with excellent opportunities for professional development.

What we can offer / about our school

We offer a positive and supportive workplace where staff go above and beyond to help students and each other. We provide excellent opportunities for career progression and advancement. Cheney School is committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and training.

The school reserves the right to consider and interview candidates ahead of the closing date if appropriate. An offer may be made to an exceptional candidate in this instance.

Education has the power to change lives, communities and society for the better. At RLT we believe that we can achieve more for our pupils, trainees, staff and communities by working together rather than alone. Schools in RLT are united by a common belief in the benefits of working together, and by our commitment to shared principles.

OUR VISION is for our schools and SCITT to improve rapidly, continuously and sustainably: to be better faster together.

OUR ‘WHY?’ is that children and young people ‘only get one go’ in school and therefore as part of RLT we aim to ensure the best possible ‘go’ for our pupils.

OUR ‘HOW?’ is through the highest support and challenge for our schools and each other, underpinned by our principles.

Our employees benefit from a wide variety of support including extensive continuing professional learning and development opportunities, wellbeing and staff networks and access to Defined Benefit Pension Schemes (TPS and LGPS) for all staff. For more information on what it is like to work for the Trust, and the benefits you could access, please see our “Working in RLT” guide.

This role includes regulated activity relevant to children.

If you would like to have a confidential conversation with Astrid Fox, about the role, prior to application, then please email afox@cheneyschool.org or telephone 01865 765726.

The River Learning Trust and Cheney School are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and preventing extremism. The Trust is required to conduct a variety of checks and online searches about you as part of their recruitment process in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance. It is an offence to apply for certain roles within schools if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.

For all RLT Safer Recruitment Documentation candidates should click on the following link RLT Safer Recruitment Documents for Candidates. Please see our website for up to date policies including our Child Protection and Behaviour Policies.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. For further guidance for applicants click on this link List of offences that are not filtered

Commitment to safeguarding

Cheney School and The River Learning Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and preventing extremism; all staff must ensure that the highest priority is given to following the guidance and regulations to safeguard children and young people. The successful candidate will be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and obtain any other statutorily required clearance. Employment will also be conditional on the receipt of at least two acceptable references (1 from current/latest employer) and evidence of the formal qualifications required for the role.

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About Cheney School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
1679 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Cheney School is a popular, high-performing school located in the heart of Oxford serving a diverse community of students. We are what a comprehensive school was designed to be; we are very proud of our inclusive ethos and the fact that we provide a liberal, outward-looking education to students from all backgrounds, and a caring and supportive community for staff.

We are committed to continuous professional development and have wide-ranging training and development opportunities.

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