Hours per week: 32.5 per week, Monday to Friday, term time only
Contract type: Permanent
Lozells And East Handsworth
Telephone number: 0121 809 2500
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Required from January 2024
Mayfield School is looking for skilled and experienced teaching assistants to join our growing team. Our school is a special school for 310 pupils aged between 2 and 19 with a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities including autism. Mayfield is a Unicef Rights Respecting School on a journey to achieve gold status.
The school is split across two sites - Wheeler Street in Lozells (co-located with Holte School and Lozells Junior and Infant School and Nursery) and Heathfield Road in Handsworth. Successful applicants can be asked to work at either site depending on the needs of the school.
At Mayfield School, teaching assistants are valued and appreciated as the largest workforce group in our organisation.
Teaching assistants have a key role in supporting pupils to access the curriculum and engage in learning. This is a joyful and rewarding job and one where you can really make a difference to the lives of young people and their families.
We are looking for people who are skilled communicators, are solution focused, can role model positive behaviours, have plenty of experience of working directly with children or young people in a special school setting and who are willing to work with others as part of a strong team. Experience of using Makaton, communicate in print and widget symbols is an advantage.
A recent welbee staff survey showed Mayfield as being in the top 20% of schools showing that risks of work-related stress and staff wellbeing are effectively managed and controlled. Our teaching assistants tell us that they value the in-house training offered by the school and welcome the professional development opportunities available to them.
This post could be based in any key stage class working with pupils who have persistent differences with social interaction, social communication and understanding emotions. Our pupils need clear boundaries and consistent support with engagement, learning, emotional regulation, sensory needs, and behaviour management.
Special school experience and a dedication to securing positive outcomes for all pupils is necessary for this post.
We are proud to be part of Education Impact Academy Trust where "better never ends".
In addition to the salary, we offer a benefits package for all employees through BSHF and regular opportunities for professional development and growth through the school and as part of the Trust.
This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English is an essential requirement of the role.
Closing date: 1 December 2023, 8:30am
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Shortlisting: Friday 1 December 2023
Interview: Thursday 14 December 2023
This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to necessary pre-employment checks, including: an enhanced DBS; Childcare Disqualification (where applicable); qualifications (where applicable); medical fitness; identity and right to work. All applicants will be required to provide two suitable references.
Applicants please note: This post is not part of the City Council and the successful candidate will not hold a Birmingham City Council Contract of Employment. Please use the contact details in the advert for information on actual employment conditions.
Rehabilitation of offenders: This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020. Which means that when applying for certain jobs and activities certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.
An online search will also be carried out as part of due diligence on all short-listed candidates.