Teaching Assistant

Mounts Bay Academy, Penzance, Cornwall, TR18 3JT

2 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    As soon as possible

  • Application deadline

    25 May 2022 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    9 March 2022

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type



£17189-£21584 pro rata

Teaching Assistant job summary

• To assist individuals and groups of children in developing knowledge, skills and attitudes as defined by the Curriculum. To take into account the learning support involved to aid the children to learn as effectively as possible.
• To establish supportive relationships with the student/s concerned and to encourage acceptance and inclusion of all students.
• To encourage social integration and individual development of students. To develop methods of promoting and reinforcing students’ self-esteem.
• To assist in preparing, using and maintaining relevant teaching resources, including wall displays and cleaning up classrooms after activities. To ensure that basic classroom materials are available for use.
• To assist with lunch and break time supervision of children on a rota basis in accordance with the Academy’s Policy for Playground Supervision.
• To accompany children on educational visits and outings as supervised by the Teacher.
• To assist with the assessment, monitoring and recording of children’s progress, health, behaviour and general wellbeing. To feedback any information (including concerns) regarding the well-being and educational needs of children to the Teacher or Principal as appropriate.
• To be aware of confidential issues linked to home/students/teacher/school work and to ensure the confidentiality of such sensitive information.
• To supervise an individual or small group of children within a class under the overall control of the teacher.
• To administer minor first aid (as trained), assist in the dispensing of medically prescribed controlled drugs (as per the approved procedure) and to assist with the personal hygiene and physical needs of children with regard to health and safety as required.
• To carry out administrative tasks associated with all of the above duties as directed by the teacher.
• To remain aware and work within all relevant academy working practices, policies and procedures.
• To attend staff meetings and academy-based INSET as required. To meet with the SENCO and/or other appropriate staff.
• The post holder is responsible for his/her own self-development on a continuous basis.
• To be aware of and work in accordance with the Academy’s child protection policies and procedures and to raise any concerns relating to such procedures which may be noted during the course of duty.
• To be aware of and adhere to applicable rules, regulations, legislation and procedures including the Academy’s Equal Opportunities Policy and Code of Conduct, national legislation (including Health and Safety, Data Protection).
• To undertake other duties appropriate to the grading of the post as required.
• To maintain confidentiality of information acquired in the course of undertaking duties for the department.
(Applicable to Teaching Assistants supporting students with specific special educational needs within a mainstream setting)
• To meet the mobility needs of the student, assisting in the use of a wheelchair/hoist, ensuring compliance with safe lifting procedures and associated training.
• To meet the needs of incontinent students.
• To meet the needs of students with emotional and behavioural difficulties. To control the students to prevent harm and disruption to the students or others, within the limits of the post holders training (eg: Team Teach) and school policies and procedures.
• To encourage acceptance and inclusion of all students.
• To develop methods of promoting/reinforcing the students’ self-esteem and to promote independence through the development of self-help skills.

Other Specific Duties
• To remain and adhere to the Trust’s Safeguarding Policy and child protection procedures.
• To play a full part in the life of the Academy community, to support its distinctive mission and ethos and to encourage staff and students to follow this example.
• To actively promote the Academy’s corporate policies.
• Be responsible for your own continuing self-development, undertaking training as appropriate.
• To be aware and adhere to applicable rules, regulations, legislation and procedures eg the Trust Equality and Diversity Policy, Staff Code of Conduct, national legislation and GDPR Data Protection Regulations.
• To comply with the Academy’s Health and Safety Policy and undertake Risk Assessments as appropriate.

As a restorative organisation we
• Apply the principles of mutual respect and responsibility in all our internal and external relationships.
• Actively work to prevent, address and repair harm.
Engage in continuous learning to further develop our communication and problem-solving skills.

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About Mounts Bay Academy

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 16
Education phase
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School size
1008 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 16
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Mounts Bay Academy is a caring and dynamic Academy where students are placed at the centre of everything we do. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum to all our students, who are set challenging academic and personal targets and given the inspiration to succeed. We are proud of the integrated and inclusive support we provide to students, in particular those with special educational needs or on pupil premium.
We are seeking to appoint an efficient and enthusiastic individual with excellent communication skills to work with young people in our busy academy. The successful candidate will be approachable, calm, caring yet firm, have good ICT skills and experience of working with and supporting students. A high standard of literacy and numeracy is essential for this post, as is the enthusiasm to help raise the achievement levels of students.
Mounts Bay Academy embraces the use of new technologies, providing 1:1 iPad devices for each child and an iPad Pro for each member of staff. We welcome applicants who are innovative in their use of IT and can develop their use as a strategy to raise standards across the curriculum.
In return we can offer:
• Excellent bespoke professional development
• Exceptionally well-resourced learning environment
• A friendly and caring whole academy community

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