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Teaching Assistant

Pilgrim PRU, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Job details

Working pattern
Part-time only
£12,179.70 per annum pro rata(FTE 20,092)

Job summary

The Pilgrim PRU is an Ofsted registered outstanding medical needs provision that provides education across four hospital schools.

We are looking for two experienced teaching assistants who have a strong commitment to working with children to join our team.

• Do you have skills to help deliver KS3 and GCSE curriculum subjects?
• Do you have energy, ambition and resilience?
• Can you deliver warmth and a sense of fun?
• Are you flexible, creative and enterprising?

Our team of skilled and friendly practitioners are committed to providing high quality learning opportunities to young people during their time at the Pilgrim PRU. You will be supporting pupils within our residential Tier 4 centres who have complex mental health difficulties or eating disorders. Pupils are taught within small teaching groups or on a one to one basis.

You will need to have an unconditional and positive regard for the well-being of the young people, have a friendly and patient approach and promote the inclusion of all pupils ensuring they have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.

This is a unique opportunity to gain experience of working with young people with mental health difficulties as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Job Purpose:

• To take a proactive role in the support of the educational, social and emotional needs of the pupils.
• To work under the guidance of the teacher in charge to support teaching and learning at the Pilgrim PRU
• To provide general support for teaching staff in the management and organisation of the pupils in the classroom
• To promote the inclusion of all pupils ensuring they have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.
• To be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of the children and the young people within the Pilgrim PRU.
• To build nurturing and supportive relationships with hard-to-reach, vulnerable young people.


Support for the Pupils
• Establish and maintain supportive relationships with individual pupils, small groups and parents/carers to ensure they understand and can achieve the tasks.
• To deliver pastoral and learning support.
• To provide support for pupils to broaden and enrich their learning.
• Take responsibility for delivering learning activities to individuals and groups, tailoring the learning approach as agreed with the teacher in charge.

Support for the curriculum
• Support the school curriculum.
• Provide targeted support to enhance learning and improve attainment.
• Provide additional tuition for pupils who need extra support.
• Arrange and deliver special classes for pupils to improve the range or quality of subjects offered as agreed.

Support for the teachers
• Support with the administrative duties of the Teacher-in-charge.
• Support for all teaching staff in the preparation of materials.
• Actively promote nurture group principles.
• To keep the classroom and resources organised and help with displays of work.


• Work as a team member and identify opportunities for working with colleagues and sharing the development of effective practice with them
• Liaise with health staff on site as relevant

Professional Development:

• Regularly review the effectiveness of your teaching and its impact on pupils’ progress, attainment and well-being, refining your approaches where necessary, responding to advice and feedback from colleagues.
• Be responsible for improving your teaching through participating fully in training and development opportunities identified by the Pilgrim PRU or as developed as an outcome of your appraisal.

Other Specific Duties:

• To be aware of and comply with the policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, security and confidentiality, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person.
• To contribute to the overall ethos and vision of the Pilgrim PRU.
• Work effectively as part of a team.
• To undertake other duties appropriate to the grading of the post as require

Applying for the job

All relevant documentation has been attached to this listing. If you require any further information please contact the school office either on 01223 534472 or via email at office@pilgrim.cambs.sch.uk
Completed application form and letter of application needs to be submitted to office@pilgrim.cambs.sch by 9am on Monday 18 January 2021

Supporting documents

School overview

School type
Local authority maintained school
Education phase
School size
No information available
Age range
5 to 18
Ofsted report
View Ofsted report
Contact phone number

About Pilgrim PRU

The Pilgrim PRU is an outstanding alternative provision providing education for children and young people. Our dynamic learning environment offers a rich and broad curriculum to pupils from Primary through to Post-16. We provide a personalised, nurturing and supportive environment for both our students and their families. We have high expectations for all our students and adapt each child’s time with us to best meet their needs and ultimately achieve the best outcomes for all.

Every student has unique learning needs, interests and abilities so we aim to provide an individual programme for every student alongside support and encouragement to help them move on to the next stage in their education. Transition is also a key feature of our offer – both admission and discharge – and we work very closely with a wide professional network to ensure each child is supported at every milestone.

Our success is founded on the principle of having the highest of expectation in a nurturing and personalised way; from ourselves, from students and staff, and from parents and partners. By doing this we challenge everyone within our community to achieve more than they thought possible. This allows students to aspire for greatness in what life journey they may choose.

As our logo suggests, we aim to ‘build bridges’ between schools and colleges to allow for a smooth transition back to the students’ home school or the next phase in their learning. In addition to the subject curriculum, we offer a bespoke personalised development programme which aims to build students’ self-esteem and resilience and give them the tools to manage their future destinations. We firmly believe that all our students can achieve, regardless of their personal circumstance and journey thus far.

Our vision and ethos means that every child is placed at the centre and our specialist team of dedicate staff are here to support every step of the way.

Arranging a visit to Pilgrim PRU

Unfortunately visits to the school cannot currently be undertaken.
We advise that you arrange to speak with Miss Leah Miller, headteacher, who can give you further information about the role and the setting.
Please contact via email: head@pilgrim.cambs.sch.uk

School location

Block 19, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB21 5EE

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