An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Teaching Assistant/HLTA to join part of the Grace family. We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated, reliable and professional Teaching Assistant/HLTA to support students with additional needs. The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of general SEN needs and the needs of those children who are looked after. Along with being an excellent team player as we currently have a small SEND department who work closely as a team to support all of our students.
Key responsibilities of the role will include:
- Supporting students with a variety of needs to access the curriculum and raise their achievement; preparing and supporting the use of resources;
- Developing students' study and organisational skills;
- Supporting a positive culture for learning within the classroom;
- Offering in-class support and work flexibly on either a one to one basis or in small groups with students helping them carry out individual learning programmes.
We are a welcoming and caring community where our core values of limitless potential, intentional excellence, mutual respect, genuine integrity and amazing grace based on Christian values, run through all we do. It is central to our ethos, day to day curriculum, extra-curricular activities and pastoral structures. Here at Grace Academy we not only focus on the academic excellence of students but also work with students on supporting them to be the best human beings they can be.
We have high expectations for all those involved in the education of children. It is important that all students leaving Grace Academy have the qualifications they need in order to follow the path they have chosen; that students do not limit themselves and that staff and parents support them in raising their expectations and aspirations.
Our Academy is a vibrant and friendly; our students are happy and caring; our staff are experts in their field. Together we work together to make Grace Academy a place where we can all excel. We pride ourselves on our caring ethos with a strong and genuine focus on staff wellbeing, putting development and wellbeing at the heart of our work. We work hard to look after our pool of talented staff who are encouraged to grow, develop and work collaboratively.
We are part of Tove Learning Trust that which is a fast moving and exciting place to work. Teachers are supported by exemplary senior leaders and by a network of advisors. We have an outstanding Teaching School within the trust and can offer high quality professional development to support you at all stages of your career.
- A friendly, innovative and exciting community in which to work.
- Excellent support for NQTs, NQT training, Middle Leadership training and access to Senior Leadership courses.
- Subject specialist network groups via the SWAN Alliance Teaching School, providing access to shared resources, latest thinking, challenge and support.
- Access to an internal market for promotions within the growing group of TLT academies.
- A vibrant learning environment where students are ready and focused on learning.
- Teachers’ pension scheme and local government pension.
- Use the onsite gym and sporting facilities.
- Free lunch when on duty and refreshments in the staffroom to access throughout the day.
- Staff wellbeing/workload committees who help to support staff well-being and organise. social events
- Access to our performance management system where a bespoke career development plan will be discussed to help progression and development.
- Free eye care vouchers.
- Free work laptop and use of up to date IT equipment.
- Plenty of on-site parking.
Our shared vision and values focus on all aspects of school life to help students achieve to the best of their ability. We aim to provide an engaging and rewarding work environment with a high expectation culture where all staff are valued and equipped to meet the challenges associated with high quality teaching and learning.
Grace Academy Coventry is a secondary Academy with approximately 850 students. Grace Academy Coventry has been part of Tove Learning Trust (TLT) since April 2019. The role of a Teaching Assistant is to work under the direction of the SENCo in supporting students with educational needs by supporting them in lessons or through small group intervention.
- To assist students who require additional support through specific learning difficulties, a physical disability, or sensory impairment.
- Offer in-class support and work flexibly on either a one to one basis or in small groups with students helping them carry out individual learning programmes.
To assist teaching staff, as required, including helping individual students and groups with the full range of curriculum activities and use of information technology, as appropriate.
- Working with catch-up students across literacy and numeracy.
- Prepare, display and mount work, set out equipment/materials and record television and radio programmes for educational use under the direction of class teachers.
- Make and maintain teaching aids and equipment, for example, undertake simple repairs of books and equipment.
- Provide physical care and attention for personal needs, including care of students who are sick, and escorting sick students home where necessary.
- Liaise with teachers and other staff at the school to obtain, exchange and record information on individual students.
- Attend staff meetings, as necessary.
- Attend planning meetings and participate as appropriate.
- In collaboration with class teachers, ensure classrooms and other teaching areas are kept in a tidy state with equipment and materials stored correctly.
- Assist with tasks in respect of classroom activities, as required, including maintaining library book records, collection and recording of monies, e.g. school outings, book club, maintaining classroom supplies and general classroom duties, such as photocopying, filing, etc.
- Assist class teachers in preparing and supervising outings and visits and, if required, helping to organise out of school functions, such as outings, summer fairs and open evenings.
- Assist class teachers in supporting volunteer helpers and students in the classroom.
- Assist class teachers in supporting Home School Links initiatives, such as accompanying teachers on home visits.
- Assist supply staff with the daily classroom routine as determined by the class teacher.
Undertake any other duties and responsibilities within the range of the salary grade.
How to apply
Please read through the information in the pack carefully and do not hesitate to contact the Academy if you would like to arrange a pre application visit – we strongly welcome this. If you cannot make a visit, then please feel free to phone us to talk about the post.
Visits to the school or an informal confidential discussion with the can be arranged with Rhiannon Spear (SENCo) by contacting the Academy office on 02476 589 000.
You should ensure that you have completed all sections of the application form. Please submit your supporting statement with no more than one side of A4, plus your application form to Nicole Chapman via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 4th February 2022. The academy is committed to safeguarding children. The successful applicant will require an enhanced DBS check.