4 days remaining to apply

  • Start date details


  • Closing date

    4 December 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    16 November 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£17,569.00 - £18,776.00 Annually (Actual) Term time plus inset days (39 weeks per year)

TA1 - Teaching Assistant Level 1 (TA2 may be available for suitably skilled staff to work in our LOFT or BASE provisions) job summary

Our Teaching Assistants (TAs) play a vital role working alongside our class teachers to support our amazing students to fulfil their potential and to develop their independence skills.

Staff may work with individual students or small groups to assist them to access our broad balanced, fun, relevant and functional curriculum.   Our students have a range of learning difficulties and needs, including some physical or sensory needs and sometimes students present with some challenging behaviours. 

Promoting good communication skills is a key element of the role; good spoken and written English skills are essential. 

Some of our students require additional support and assistance; this may mean assisting students with personal care, helping to implement physiotherapy programmes or supporting students to understand and regulate their emotions and behaviours.    

TAs supervise the students at lunch  time and break times and play a key role in ensuring that the students are safeguarded and their welfare promoted. 

Working in a special school is a unique and privileged opportunity for the right people.  We advise interested parties to ensure they have looked at the school website and our Facebook Page - Official Woodlands Secondary School,  in order to get a flavour of our school.    

Application form

When completing the letter of application, please ensure you address all the points in the essential column on the person specification.   The letter of application should not exceed 750 words. 

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is  Monday 4th December 2023


We will invite successful candidates into school to spend a day in classes as part of the interview process.

These visits will take place prior to face to face interviews in the week beginning 11th December 2023.

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

Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

This post meets the definition of ‘Regulated Activity’ as defined in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (as amended).

  Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for an enhanced DBS check to be undertaken. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare all unspent cautions and convictions; and also any adult cautions (simple or conditional), and spent convictions that are not protected as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2020). A person’s criminal record will not in itself prevent a person from being appointed to this post. Applicants will not be refused posts because of offences which are not relevant to, and do not place them at or make them a risk in, the role for which they are applying. However in the event of the employment being taken up, any failure to disclose such offence, as detailed above, will result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Authority.


PLEASE REFER TO ATTACHED POLICIES - Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy - Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

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About Woodlands Secondary School

School type
Special school, ages 11 to 18
School size
262 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

School location

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