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Impington Village College

Teaching Assistant Level 3 (Literacy Specialism)

Required as soon as possible
Salary: Level 3: £19,554 - £21,166
(approx. £16,650 - £18,023 pro rata for term time working)

At Impington Village College we have a large and highly regarded SEND Faculty. We have students from 11-18 with a wide range of needs, some of which are very complex.  We also have a post-16 provision and Enhanced Resource unit for young people with EHCPs.

The successful candidate must have the skills and experience to enable students to become independent learners and make progress in literacy and to develop knowledge, skills and expertise to support the curriculum throughout the college.  The ability to share your expert knowledge and experience through training and CPD of other teaching assistants and teachers is essential.

This is a permanent and full-time position (32.5 hours) which is term time only + 5 training days. 

Our College is committed to Equal Opportunities and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. This position is subject to a satisfactory references and an Enhanced DBS check.  We do not accept CVs.

Closing Date:  Monday 10am 3 June 2019

Applicants must complete a College application form - we cannot accept CVs.  Applications to Valerie Hastings vhastings@ivc.tmet.org.uk

Job Description 

Job Title:  Teaching Assistant

Level:  3 - Literacy Specialism

Responsible to:  SENCO

Job Purpose

Teaching Assistants are appointed to work with students as part of Special Needs Faculty under the direction of the SENCO.  Teaching Assistants work is primarily to:

  • foster the participation of students in all areas of College life.
  • seek to enable student to become more independent.
  • help to raise standards of achievement and progress for all students.
  • To be responsible for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of students and to ensure that teaching and learning takes place in a safe environment.

The role will require a teaching assistant who has specific skills and experience supporting students with their literacy development and a keen interest in developing their expertise in this field in order to share experience and good practice with other teaching assistants and teachers. 

Principal Accountabilities:

  1. Support for Students
  • To use specialist skills, knowledge and training to lead on supporting identified pupils to develop as independent learners and to make academic progress.
  • To plan and deliver programmes of study/interventions to an individual, class or small group of students, in liaison with the English Faculty and other members of the SEN Faculty
  • To provide specialist care and support (requiring in-depth expertise, SEN knowledge and experience) to students with significant, long-term special educational needs and/or disabilities.
  • To take responsibility for delivering learning activities with groups as agreed with their class teacher.
  • To establish and maintain supportive relationships with individual students, small groups and parents/carers.
  • To liaise directly with specialist services on behalf of individual students by agreement with the SENCo.
  • To encourage and promote inclusion in the classroom, ensuring all students feel confident with tasks and activities that are appropriate for them.

2.  Support for Teacher

  • To work with students or groups within classes under the direction of the teacher
  • To contribute to the design and evaluation of plans for individual students and groups.
  • To provide feedback on learning activities and contribute to College review and development planning.
  • To organise the learning environment(s) and develop appropriate classroom resources as required.
  • To contribute to behaviour management within the College according to College policies

3.  Support for the Curriculum

  • To enable students to develop their literacy skills to improve attainment in all curriculum areas.
  • To plan, arrange and deliver additional or alternative support/intervention for students who need extra support with literacy, and/or to improve the range or quality of subjects offered.

4.  Support for the School

  • To contribute to reports or meetings regarding student progress
  • To keep accurate, up-to-date records in line with College policy and Faculty procedures, clearly reflecting targeted support for students, regularly monitoring progress, and including details of any specialist agency liaison.
  • To develop and maintain effective working relationships with other staff.
  • To contribute to the maintenance of a safe and healthy environment.
  • To contribute to the development and CPD of other teaching assistants and teachers.

This is not a complete statement of all the duties and responsibilities of this post.  The post holder may be required to carry out any other duties as directed, the responsibility level of any other duties not exceeding those outlined above.

May 2019

Person specification 

 

 

Qualifications

 

Essential:

Desirable:

1.

Good numeracy and literacy skills, GCSE English and Mathematics level C or above.

 

2

Relevant professional qualification in specialism 

 

 

 

Experience

 

Essential:

Desirable:

1.

Experience of supporting pupils  with special educational needs in a classroom environment 

 

2.

Knowledge and experience in the specialism to support student development and an understanding of the ways in which students (especially those with significant and complex needs) learn

 

3.

Knowledge and experience in this specialism to be able support and promote students to develop as independent learners

 

4.

Can demonstrate skills with this specialism in order to contribute to CPD and develop teacher/TAs knowledge and experience in this area

 

5.

An understanding of curriculum development, planning, evaluation and implementation

 

6.

The ability to develop high quality learning resources without substantial direction from the teacher

 

7.

The ability to accurately record and report on pupils’ progress

 

 

8.

Experience of using Information Technology to support pupils in the classroom

 

 

 

Personal Skills and Attributes

 

Essential:

Desirable:

1.

Passionate about the specialism and highly motivated to develop their knowledge in this area

 

2.

Behaviour management skills

 

3.

Ability to support the emotional, physical and educational development of pupils

 

4.

Patience and resilience

 

5.

Ability to plan effective actions for pupils at risk of underachieving

 

6.

Understanding of principles of child development and learning processes

 

7.

Ability to safeguard and promote the welfare of children

 

8.

Ability to maintain effective working relationships with work colleagues, parents, guardians etc

 

9.

Ability to relate well to and communicate effectively with children

 

10.

Good verbal and written communication skills

 

11.

Ability to work constructively as part of a team and be able to demonstrate initiative

 

12.

Good organisational skills

 

May 2019