46 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    1 September 2024

  • Closing date

    31 August 2024 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    26 June 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

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Key stage

Early years, Key stage 1, Key stage 2

Working pattern

Full time: 30

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary


What skills and experience we're looking for

Drake Primary School has a unique opportunity for an excellent practitioner to work alongside our Specialist Education team within our Autism Specialist Resource Base (SRB) as a Specialist Teaching Assistant.

At Drake, we have a 16-place autism specialist provision, catering for pupils from Reception to Year 6. We have a KS1 classroom called Thunberg Class and a KS2 classroom called Arday Class. Our SRB is led and supported by a specialist provision lead, alongside two specialist class teachers and an experienced team of support staff. Pupils who have a placement in the SRB have access to an individualised, specialist package of provision, to ultimately enable them to thrive within their year group classrooms.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed practitioner to develop and share their skills in working with children with social communication differences. You will be joining an innovative, trail-blazing SRB team and will facilitate the success of our pupils both within the specialist and mainstream classrooms across school. You will support the implementation of specialist approaches within our wider school setting, modelling high standards of inclusive practice.

We believe that strong, secure relationships are the key to pupil success, with an attitude of ‘unconditional positive regard’ for all of our pupils. We are looking for a resilient and nurturing professional to implement our trauma informed, holistic approaches and to work collaboratively with our SRB and Pastoral Team to deliver provision to meet the needs of all pupils

We are looking for a practitioner who:

  • Has a passion for working with neurodivergent pupils
  • Is committed to contributing to the development of our specialist provision, creating a centre of excellence for autistic pupils
  • Has knowledge of children with a profile of autism and social communication differences
  • Is resilient, consistent and supportive of all pupils and staff members
  • Will play a full part in the life of Drake Primary School’s community and support the ethos, aims and mission statement of the school and encourage others to follow this example
  • Will implement and deliver a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum for pupils and support a designated curriculum area
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of what constitutes outstanding teaching and learning
  • Shows commitment to ensuring equality of opportunity for all learners
  • Is reflective, open to feedback and driven to be outstanding
  • Is a dedicated team member, working collaboratively to achieve high standards for all
  • Demonstrates optimism and an unconditional positive regard for all children

The main responsibilities are;

  • Supporting the SRB team as a Specialist Teaching Assistant within both the specialist and year group classrooms.
  • Engaging pupils in their learning to ensure SRB pupils make progress
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the school
  • Enabling SRB pupils to grow in their independence and autonomy
  • Supporting pupils during less structured times of the school day
  • Responding to incidents of pupil dysregulation, considering a proactive approach at all times
  • Delivering and assisting the delivery of effective specialist interventions e.g. Zones of Regulation, Attention Autism, Colourful Semantics
  • Working collaboratively within the Pastoral Team to ensure SEND, Relationships and Behaviour are regularly monitored and reviewed
  • Working collaboratively with parents to build trusting home/school relationships

What the school offers its staff

We can offer you:

  • A passionate, driven and successful school where you will feel well supported in your role by the leadership team, pastoral team and the wider warm and friendly staff team
  • The opportunity to work with the most wonderful students and families
  • A caring ethos with enthusiastic and skilled staff who are highly aspirational and committed to pupil welfare, progress and life-chances
  • Wellbeing support using a range of tools
  • Excellent professional development and career enhancement opportunities.
  • Up to date training opportunities from the SRB hub and Specialist Provision Lead
  • Well-resourced facilities for ICT and Music with 4 musicians in residence
  • On-site childcare (from 12 weeks old to 4 years)
  • Parking, soon to include electric charging points

Informal visits to the school are recommended and can be arranged by contacting the school office on 01842 762055. We may interview and appoint before the closing date so please apply quickly if you are interested.

Closing Date: 31.08.2024. Early applications are recommended as we will interview candidates on a rolling basis.

Please contact Drake Primary School for an information and application pack.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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 office@drake.norfolk.sch.uk

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About Drake Primary School

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
417 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11
Phone number
01842 762055

Arranging a visit to Drake Primary School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email office@drake.norfolk.sch.uk.

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