Teaching Assistant

The Compass, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 0QU

Deadline is today

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    26 June 2022 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    13 June 2022

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type

Fixed term (Initially until 31.08.23 but could become permanent)


Grade 5, points 4-6

Teaching Assistant job summary

Compass Learning Centre are looking for an experienced Teaching Assistant for 1 September 2022 to join our team supporting students across Key Stage 3 and 4. This position is initially fixed term for 1 year until 31 August 2023, but could become permanent.

The hours of work are 37 hours per week over 5 days, term time plus INSET days.

This position is challenging but rewarding and will require you to work both alongside teachers and other education professionals as well as independently under teachers' direction, supporting the work of groups of children and individuals. Duties are varied, depending on the age and special needs of the students concerned.

The successful candidate will:

• Have achieved 5 GCSEs at grade 9 - 4 / C or above including English and Mathematics
• Ideally have experience working with young people with complex needs and challenging behaviours
• Promote the inclusion of all pupils
• Contribute to the safeguarding and protection of all pupils

The young people we educate have struggled in mainstream school and come to us with a variety of needs and difficulties. Our challenge is to help them build the confidence, knowledge and skills to unlock their potential. This role will suit someone who is caring, understanding and can demonstrate energy and enthusiasm with a strong positive behaviour management ethos. Class sizes are small and all of our students need bespoke individualised learning.

If you are a good team player, who is motivated, patient, resilient, understanding and have the ability to establish a rapport with young people in a busy and lively setting, this may be the job for you. You will be joining an outstanding, hardworking and friendly team of staff.

Compass Learning Centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people; this is a commitment which we expect all staff and volunteers to share. The successful candidate will be required to have a Disclosure & Barring Service check in line with the Governments safer recruitment guidelines. We value the diversity of our workforce and welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

Further details including a job description and person specification are included in the attached Information for Applicants, however if you have any questions or would like to visit the school please contact Michelle Nokes, Heads PA on 01305 – 206530.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 26 June 2022.

Applying for the job

To apply for this post please go to the Dorset Council website, jobs page - https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers/jobs-and-careers

Supporting documents

If you need these documents in an accessible format, please contact the school.

About The Compass

School type
Local authority maintained school, ages 5 to 16
Education phase
School size
46 pupils enrolled
Age range
5 to 16
Contact phone number
01305 206530

Compass Learning Centre is a ‘good school’ (Ofsted May 2019) and a successful Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), part of the Alternative Provision (AP) in education. It is fully supported by a committed Management Committee who work closely with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team. The Pupil Admission Number (PAN) is currently 64. The number of students on roll varies throughout the year dependent on the number of referrals from schools within the Weymouth and Portland area and from Dorset Council.

Students who attend Compass Learning Centre predominantly experience difficulties engaging in a mainstream school and come to us with a variety of needs and difficulties. The centre caters for students who have been permanently excluded from a mainstream school, individuals with medical conditions that prevent attendance at mainstream schools and a few pupils without access to regular education. A number of students are admitted with an Education Health Care Plan, a few are in the care of the local authority and others attend for a fixed period of time on a Dual Registration basis. We serve the wider West Dorset community, however the majority of students who attend Compass come from the Weymouth and Portland area.

Some students follow short-term, work-related social development or resilience building courses at Rylands Farm, Greenwood Carpentry, Max Events, A-Z and Weymouth Sailing Academy. All students are offered full-time programmes. However, the time spent in school is tailored to meet individual students’ needs.

Arranging a visit to The Compass

If you would like to see what we do, please contact Michelle Nokes to arrange a visit.

Email: m.nokes@compass.dorset.sch.uk

Tel: 01305 - 206530

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