3 days remaining to apply

  • Job start date

    30 October 2023

  • Closing date

    29 September 2023 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    15 September 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4

Working pattern

Contract type


Pay scale

Salary Grade D

What skills and experience we're looking for

  • Experience of working with children
  • Experience of working with children in an educational environment
  • Experience of working with children who have a variety of educational needs
  • 5 GCSE’s with a minimum grade C or above in English and Mathematics, or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience
  • Working towards NVQ Level 2 or equivalent
  • NVQ Level 2 qualification or equivalent
  • Working towards NVQ Level 3 or equivalent
  • NVQ Level 3 qualification or equivalent
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Patience and commitment
  • Ability to remain calm and make decisions whilst under pressure
  • Good organisational and planning skills
  • Excellent evaluation and monitoring skills
  • Ability to work under own initiative
  • Ability to respond sensitively and flexibly to competing demands from pupils
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Ability to supervise and mentor others
  • Ability to cope with personal hygiene needs and respond sensitively to pupils’ needs
  • Ability to support children with Special Educational Needs
  • Ability to lead groups of children, applying a wide range of appropriate behaviour and learning strategies for the benefit of the pupil
  • Ability to lead whole classes
  • Ability to engage children in creative and innovative play
  • Understanding of the school’s health and safety policy
  • Understanding of basic first aid procedures
  • Knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum including literacy and numeracy strategies
  • Understanding of lesson plans
  • Excellent knowledge of the five outcomes of Every Child Matters
  • Understanding of Individual Learning Plans
  • Knowledge of school’s behaviour and management policy and procedures
  • Knowledge of Child Safeguarding
  • A commitment to developing children as independent learners
  • A commitment to developing yourself through continuing education and training
  • Enthusiasm
  • Empathy
  • Self motivated
  • Team player
  • A flexible and adaptable approach
  • Willingness to continue and maintain professional development
  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities
  • Enhanced DBS check

What the school offers its staff

Christchurch Learning Centre is a small maintained Pupil Referral Unit that offers support and educational packages for those pupils that are unable to sustain a place at a mainstream school. The Centre works in partnership with a number of schools and outside agencies with a goal to returning pupils back to their mainstream setting, where appropriate. Pupils study a full range of National Curriculum subjects to GCSE level, in addition to an adapted PE and PSHE curriculum.

Applicants need to be experienced in working with children with SEMH and SEND, they need to be flexible and adaptable as timetables and support can change at short notice to address the needs of the pupils. All staff participate in pastoral responsibilities and wider school strategies of support. The position can be demanding but extremely rewarding for an able, motivated and experienced Teaching Assistant.

This is a challenging and exciting opportunity for a qualified Teaching Assistant to work in a Pupil Referral Unit as part of a committed team, helping to develop the learning, behavioural and social skills of young people in BCP. Successful applicants will be delivering support predominantly at all levels up to GCSE, to pupils with a range of needs including emotional and behavioural difficulties at KS3 & 4. Further training will be offered as required.

The successful applicant will be required to demonstrate strong organisation, class and behaviour management skills. They will support pupils in the Centre predominantly but may be required to support at other approved venues as directed by senior leaders. Applicants will therefore require a full driving licence and a suitably insured vehicle.

Applying for the job

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About Christchurch Learning Centre

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 11 to 16
School size
19 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
Phone number
01202 471410

Christchurch Learning Centre is a pupil referral unit (year 7-11) for pupils who require alternative provision outside of a mainstream school setting.

Arranging a visit to Christchurch Learning Centre

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

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