Teaching Assistant Level 3 (TA3)

Newfield Secondary School, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S8 9JP

3 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    5 July 2022 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    17 May 2022

Job details

Contract type

Fixed term (1 year in the first instance)

Annual or full time equivalent salary

£20,444 to £22,571

Actual salary

£17,486 to £19,305 (with under 5 years’ service)

Teaching Assistant Level 3 (TA3) job summary

Post:  Teaching Assistant Level 3
Contract term: Temporary (for 1 year in the first instance)
Salary: Grade 4 (£20,444 - £22,571
(actual £17,486 - £19,305 under 5 years’ service)
37 hours per week/39 weeks per year
Commencement Date: September 2022

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Teaching Assistant at Newfield School. Whilst this is a full-time role, part-time applicants would be considered.

Newfield School are seeking to appoint an outstanding Teaching Assistant to join our dynamic Learning Support department. We are looking to recruit someone with a child centred approach and excellent interpersonal skills to support students effectively in order for them to fully participate in learning.

Newfield School is part of Mercia Learning Trust, one of the most successful Trusts in the Yorkshire and Humber region, changes the lives of over 3000 children and young people in Sheffield and is continuing to grow.

The post will include in-class support and leading specific interventions either one to one or in small groups (Flower 125, Play Therapy, Circle of Friends, Zones of Regulation and Life skills). The successful candidate will have experience in supporting young people with Social, Emotional, Mental Health (SEMH) needs. The role is based within the Learning Support Team, led by our SENCO and Assistant Headteacher.

You will be passionate and committed in supporting young people both in and out of the classroom and have a robust knowledge of how special educational needs can impact young people. You will have an understanding of the Curriculum and be enthusiastic in supporting the rapid progress of all students.

You must have experience of working with children in education and be willing to support with their communication, learning and development skills. Applicants should be resilient, fast thinking and able to work independently. Most importantly, applicant will be passionate in supporting young people to achieve and thrive.

This is a challenging position that requires a very disciplined and organised applicant. Each day will bring new challenges and hurdles but should provide immense satisfaction. Initially for one year there could be the opportunity for this to be extended for outstanding members of staff.

If this excites you and you believe you have the necessary skills for this role, we would welcome your interest and application.

To apply please submit a Trust application form to recruitment@merciatrust.co.uk
Please note we do NOT accept CV’s or Council application forms.

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 5 July 2022
Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 11 July

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring check in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 and the Police Act Regulations.

Applying for the job

The Application Process

All candidates must complete the following application process.
• All applicants must submit a Trust application form. We do not accept CVs or Council Forms. The application form can be found under ‘Careers’ at www.merciatrust.co.uk
• Email your completed application to recruitment@merciatrust.co.uk or post it to:
MLT Recruitment Team
Mercia Learning Trust
79 Glen Road
Sheffield, S7 1RB
After your application has been submitted:
• In all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers BEFORE the final selection stage.
• All applications that have been submitted via email will receive an email confirming receipt.
• An email and/or letter will be sent to shortlisted candidates with details of the interview process.
• If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion, your application has been unsuccessful.
Further information:
• Take a look at www.merciatrust.co.uk/careers for more on what it’s like working for the trust, what we offer you, and what we’re looking for.
• Should you require any additional information about the role or the school, or would like an informal discussion or out of hours visit, please contact us on 0114 2557331 or enquiries@newfield.sheffield.sch.uk.
• For more information about the application process, please email recruitment@merciatrust.co.uk.
Key dates:
• Closing Date Tuesday 5 July 2022
• Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 11 July

The small print
Mercia Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. If you are shortlisted, your suitability to work with children will be explored, and this will include disclosing convictions. The information you disclose may be discussed with you during the interview.
The successful candidate will therefore be required to complete a DBS check in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 and the Police Act Regulations.
We are an Equal Opportunities employer. Our staff are recruited and promoted on the basis of their merits and abilities and no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of racial group, origin or nationality, sex, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation, political or religious beliefs or trade union activity. Please indicate whether there are any reasonable adjustments or access requirements you would need to help you to attend an interview. If you wish to discuss your requirements prior to submitting your form, please contact the Recruitment Team on 0114 349 4230. Alternatively, please give details on a separate sheet and return with your application form.

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About Newfield Secondary School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
1048 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16

Dear Colleague

Thank you for your interest in Newfield School. This is an excellent opportunity to join our great school and to play role in shaping the provision of education and lifelong learning opportunities for our students. We believe that ‘Achievement Leads to Opportunity and Choice’ and our three core values underpin and drive all that we do for our students;
• We are high performing because we are curious and have a thirst for knowledge;
• We are considerate and value our community;
• We succeed through commitment and relentless ambition.

Irrespective of starting point, family background or ability, each and every child that walks through our school doors deserves quality first education. Therefore, we lead a high functioning school that gives children true social justice and the opportunity to make the best of their education ensuring no doors are closed in their future. Achieving qualifications alongside our commitment to exciting and engaging extra-curricular offer means our students have opportunity and choice following their rich education at Newfield School.

Newfield School is a truly special place to work. The core business of teaching and learning is at the heart of all we do. We have high expectations of our staff but we also value and look after them. We balance hard work with meaningful and tailored professional development, great practice every day with a manageable workload. Our school has a proven consistent record of success and we will continue to make exceptional progress with our students this year and into the future.
We believe that our students are future scholars in their chosen fields and that teachers are the experts in the classroom who should impart their knowledge to students. We use the best evidence to lead our approach to learning and teaching and follow approaches that are supported by cognitive science. As a result, lessons are structured around the explicit teaching and assessment of knowledge. They are characterised by rapid progress, whole class drills, repetition of facts, teacher led instruction and high performance.

The climate for learning in our school is very positive and this is underpinned by very high expectations of behaviour, dress and attitude to learning. Our students are well-behaved and ambitious. All staff are consistent in their high expectations and approach to discipline and the Senior Team have a high presence day in day out in our school.
Our Ofsted report of March 2022 highlighted the excellent relationships, high expectations and pride in our school.
“This is an inclusive school with a diverse and happy community. Pupils are polite and courteous and typically treat people with respect”.
“Leaders are ambitious for all pupils at this school. They have high expectations for pupils’ work and behaviour. Pupils and staff are proud to be members of the school community”.

Ofsted March 2022

Newfield School is a valued partner and driving force within Mercia Learning Trust, a local and ambitious Trust that is dedicated to improving the life chances and careers of its students and those professionals working within it. The Trust is one of the most successful Trusts in the Yorkshire and Humber region and changes the lives of over 3000 children and young people in Sheffield and is continuing to grow.
This is an exciting time for us as we move towards being a truly exceptional school. Our reputation is growing and our challenge now is not just to sustain but to surpass our recent GCSE performances, to lead the way on pedagogy, to deliver effective and exciting learning at the highest level and to become a beacon school for training, research and professional development.

We support applications from candidates who understand and support our approach to teaching and learning. Imaginative and committed, you will have a passion for your subject, high standards of professionalism and high expectations of students.

For an informal and confidential discussion, please contact Ruth Cressey, PA to the Headteacher on 0114 255 7331 or email rcressey@newfield.sheffield.sch.uk .

If this excites you and you believe you have the necessary skills for this role, I would welcome your interest and application.

I look forward to meeting you.

Yours faithfully

Emma Anderson
Headteacher

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