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  • Start date details

    1st September 2024

  • Closing date

    23 May 2024 at 12:59am

  • Date listed

    26 April 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

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Working pattern

Part time, full time

Contract type

Fixed term

Full-time equivalent salary

£23,308.00 - £23,893.00 Annually (FTE) Grade D Point 8-11, £23308 - £23893 (FTE)

Teaching Assistant (SEU) job summary

We are seeking an enthusiastic Teaching Assistant to join our experienced team in our SEN unit.

You will be working to support to a variety of students one to one, in small groups or whole classes.

The successful applicant will be friendly and flexible with a willingness to help students reach their full potential.

Ideally you will be confident in supporting children with social and communication difficulties.

The successful candidate(s) will:

  • Work alongside the teacher to create an effective environment for maximising pupil progress and learning;

  • Take responsibility for leading the learning of individuals and groups;

  • Explain things to pupils clearly and concisely, adapting key messages to individual learning needs including: literacy, language and communication skills;

  • Think ahead - predict where the child/group/class will need your help as the lesson continues so that you can show readiness and forethought in planning for your support in the session;

  • Confidently give feedback to pupils during the learning activity to encourage their participation and development of skills for independent learning;

  • Provide appropriate feedback to the teacher on key issues;

  • Be aware of supporting pupils’ ownership of the task rather than creating over-dependency;

  • Take responsibility for modelling and rewarding good and courteous behaviour in accordance with the school’s behaviour policy;

  • Constantly reinforce the values of good behaviour for learning in support of the teacher’s aims for the lesson and the class/group, as well as at breaks and lunch times;

  • Demonstrate, by your actions and expectations, that you value good relationships between pupils, accentuate positive behaviours, and exercise appropriate authority by acting to correct when necessary;

  • Foster a trusting environment so that pupils feel you are open to listening to them and helping them solve their problems;

  • Ask open and constructive questions to gain understanding about what the teacher needs pupils to achieve;.

  • Be watchful and observant about circumstances where pupils’ pace of learning or attention could be an issue and take appropriate action to address this;

  • Work constructively with the teacher to differentiate appropriately between the relative strengths of pupils so that they can be supported effectively.

  • Provide personal care when necessary.

    Fixed term until 31st August 2025

    We only accept applications submitted online via MyNewTerm, our chosen applicant tracking system, and which are completed before the closing deadline. Active Learning Trust reserves the right to interview and appoint prior to the advert closing date. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.​

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Sidegate Primary School

School type
Academy, ages 4 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
655 pupils enrolled
Age range
4 to 11

Sidegate is a vibrant three-form entry primary school in the north of Ipswich. The school hosts a 25 place Specialist Education Unit for pupils with moderate learning difficulties, giving approximately 655 pupils on roll. The school boasts large grounds, an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and good ICT provision. We pride ourselves in the broad and engaging curriculum we offer our pupils; sport and culture

feature highly and are used to enhance the curriculum in all areas. The school received a “Good” Ofsted rating in October 2022. We were the first primary school in Suffolk to be awarded the prestigious Platinum Artsmark in November 2019; we also hold quality marks in RE, Science and Sport.

Sidegate became an academy in May 2014 with The Active Learning Trust (ALT). ALT encourages each of their schools to develop a curriculum that meets the needs of the pupils in the school. They work closely with the school, providing specialist advisory support as necessary. We work closely with other schools in the ALT Ipswich Hub and the Northgate Pyramid of Schools. ALT offers a comprehensive package of professional development opportunities for teachers at all levels, to support career progression

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