4 days remaining to apply

  • Start date details

    ASAP

  • Closing date

    1 March 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    1 December 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Key stage 3, Key stage 4, Key stage 5

Working pattern

Contract type

Fixed term - 1 year

Pay scale

BCAT 3 - £21,293 (pro rated to £13,451)

What skills and experience we're looking for

  • Good standard of Education (Level 3) together with good numeracy and literacy skills (GCSE English and Maths or equivalent).
  • At least 2 years’ experience of working closely with SEND.
  • Good ability to use technology (computer, email, photocopier etc.)
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety, security and confidentiality.
  • Ability to relate well with children and communicate diplomatically and tactfully with adults (e.g. parents)
  • Must be motivated and be able to work independently with minimal supervision

A Teaching Assistant should be:

• Proactive and dynamic

• Approachable

• A good listener

• Non-judgemental

• A role model

• Positive and reliable

• Realistic

• Patient

What the school offers its staff

The School has excellent facilities. All rooms are equipped with state-of-the art electronic interactive whiteboards. There are excellent specialist facilities for sport, hospitality, engineering, dance, drama, music and art. We offer and value a broad curriculum aimed at promoting talent beyond traditional academic subjects. Our significant investment in professional development drives colleagues’ continuous improvement. This is a place where everyone improves regardless of their career stage.

Further details about the role

The School requires a Teaching Assistant for an immediate start to support a number of SEND students. This role is suitable for someone who wishes to pursue a career in teaching and wishes to gain further experience in the workplace or someone who enjoys enabling students to learn and wants to play an integral role in supporting teaching and learning in a school thereby raising the standard of achievement for all students.

Candidates must be excellent communicators, motivated, able to work independently and have good ICT skills. You will be liaising with teachers regarding planning and differentiation of work, support the provision plans of students with EHCP's and in particular those with High Needs Funding. At least 2 years' experience of working closely with SEND students is required.

Hours of work are 08.40am-15.10 Mon-Fri. These hours include a 20 minute break and a 40 minute unpaid lunch break. This is a term time only post + 1 Staff Development Day.

This role is fixed term and based on a one year contract.

Commitment to safeguarding

In line with KCSIE 2022 guidance, part of the shortlisting process, the Trust reserves the right to conduct an online search on shortlisted candidates as part of our due diligence and any relevant information found concerning a candidate's suitability to work with children will be discussed at interview stage.

The Charles Dickens School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application via the Disclosure & Barring Service and check against the ISA Barred List for Children.

Applying for the job

If you're interested in teaching or training to teach in England as an international citizen, we can help you understand your next steps.

Please download the application form using the link below, and once completed send to recruitment@bartoncourt.org

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About The Charles Dickens School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1111 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

The Charles Dickens School is a rapidly-improving, non-selective 11-18 school located in Broadstairs, Kent. We have a vision and a determination to provide our community with an excellent school and we are making great strides towards this. Our results in 2022 identify us as the most improved school in Kent (out of 101 secondary schools) and one of the most improved schools in the country. The School achieved a "Good" rating in their Ofsted inspection in March 2023.

To work here is to embrace the challenges of an economically-diverse community and understand the influence education has in addressing social immobility. There are few schools in the country where a teacher’s ability to change lives is so evident. Without hyperbole, this is a career-defining mission. We’re looking for brilliant people to join us on our journey.

The School has excellent facilities. All rooms are equipped with state-of-the art electronic interactive whiteboards. There are excellent specialist facilities for sport, hospitality, engineering, dance, drama, music and art. We have a Specialist Resource Provision for visually-impaired children. We offer and value a broad curriculum aimed at promoting talent beyond traditional academic subjects. Our significant investment in professional development drives colleagues’ continuous improvement. This is a place where everyone improves regardless of their career stage.

The Charles Dickens School is part of Barton Court Academy Trust, a small, ambitious Trust which also comprises a high achieving grammar school and another non-selective school which opened in September 2022.

Arranging a visit to The Charles Dickens School

To arrange a visit and increase the chance of a successful application email recruitment@bartoncourt.org.

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