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  • Start date details

    April 2024

  • Closing date

    23 April 2024 at 12:59am

  • Date listed

    28 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

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Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£17,569.00 - £17,863.00 Annually (Actual)

Teaching Assistant Level 1 job summary

We are looking to expand our team of TAs here at Woodlands Secondary School. We offer an interesting and relevant curriculum which aims to support our students to develop their independence skills and to be successful in their lives beyond school. You will be working alongside a great team of staff who are motivated to support our students in all areas of their learning and development.

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.

Benefits of working at Woodlands Secondary School

  • An extensive induction training programme over a 12 month period. The training programme covers: safeguarding

  • Free access to Employee Assistance provided by Spectrum - this is confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week

  • Enhanced pension, employers’ contribution and death in service payment

  • Opportunities to progress and develop your career

  • Free tea and coffee

  • Access to our on site cafe 3 days per week - sit in or take away, Loyalty cards available.

  • Opportunity to be entered into a half termly draw to win a cafe voucher - based on good attendance

  • Access to onsite gym

  • Discounted membership rates at Active Luton

  • Free eye tests and contribution towards glasses (for those who work on computers

Application form

When completing the letter of application, please ensure you address all the points in the essential column on the person specification when answering the questions. Please do not use the assistance of AI (artificial intelligence) to generate your answers. Please refer to your own understanding and experiences to answer the questions.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is 22nd April 2024


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 29th April. Interviews will be in the week beginning 6th May

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

Commitment to safeguarding

Woodlands Secondary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its children.

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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

Woodlands is a large secondary special school located in the north of Luton. Our mission statement is to 'Empower our young people to become successful adults.'

Our students have severe or profound learning difficulties, some have additional learning needs.

We have developed and refined our ambitious curriculum offer to meet the needs of the different cohorts of learners to ensure that learning is interesting, relevant and functional.

We have great facilities on site and aim to enrich learning by accessing the community and applying learning beyond the classroom.

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