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Level 3 Teaching Assistant

Birmingham City Council
Cherry Oak School, 60 Frederick Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B29 6PB
£25,119 to £31,364 pro rata Subject to formal evaluation under the Pay Equity Review
Closing date
12 Jan 2025

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32.5 hours per week, term time only

Cherry Oak School is a Primary Special School for pupils with cognition and communication difficulties. The school has recently had an increase in pupils with Autism as their primary need, and as such we are developing and adapting our provision to meet our new demands. Federated with Victoria School and Victoria College, Cherry Oak School provides pupils with a bespoke curriculum for all pupils with two learning pathways; Explorers pathway and Connectors pathway. Rudimentary, the differences in pathway approaches relates to a more formal style of learning for Connectors and a more sensory style of learning for Explorers. The school is preparing for an exciting new chapter and are seeking to appoint outstanding teaching assistants to our vacancies. We are looking for the best. We want individuals with a strong mindset who want to develop. In return; you will be in a school who will help you achieve, and progress in your career e.g. this year we have already created several new internal roles, this gives clear progression pathways for all staff. As an integral part of the wider School team, you will support the development and assessment system. You will need to have excellent written and oral skills and can communicate/liaise with students and class teachers on a regular basis with regards to promoting their achievements.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate:

  • flexibility to work across the school
  • the ability to work using your initiative, and as part of a team
  • clear and effective communication with pupils and colleagues
  • have initiative and the desire to take ownership of tasks
  • you must be confident in supporting the learning of small groups of students working
  • with training, can deliver Read, Write, Inc. phonics and writing to a small group
  • a recognised Level 3 Teaching Assistant Qualification AND GCSE Maths and English at Level 4 or above or recognised equivalent qualifications


This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent spoken English is an essential requirement for this role. 

Please download an application pack or visit our school website


Contact Email:     This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to all necessary pre-employment checks, including:   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.   An online search will also be carried out as part of due diligence on all short-listed candidates.   BCC is a Living Wage employer.   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.  




Working for Birmingham City Council is more than just a job; it's about making life better for the 1 million plus people who live and work in the city.

We welcome people from diverse and underrepresented communities and encourage applications from, those with caring responsibilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, neurodivergent, disabled and LGBT+ people. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, we are committed to promoting and supporting the physical and mental health of all our staff and removing barriers to improve inclusion.   We are making significant strides to understand and continuously improve our employees’ experience and we are committed to implementing progressive diversity talent management.

Information for applicants with a disability

We are a proud Disability Confident Employer.  We encourage applicants to disclose disabilities, so we can support them fully during our recruitment process and make any necessary reasonable adjustments. Please contact: 0121 675 7070 option 3 (lines open between 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Friday).

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The Council is a fantastic place to work. You will find an organisation that is both challenging and supportive; with a leadership impatiently adventurous in its pursuit of excellence. 

There is a clear vision which is ensuring that the Council is working for communities today and building for tomorrow, we focus our resources on five key priorities:

  • A Prosperous Birmingham: through a focus on inclusive economic growth, tackling unemployment, attracting inward investment, and maximising the benefits of the Commonwealth Games.
  • An Inclusive Birmingham: through a focus on tackling poverty and inequality, empowering citizens, promoting diversity and civic pride, and supporting and enabling all children and young people to thrive.
  • A Safe Birmingham: through a focus on making the city safer, safeguarding vulnerable citizens, increasing affordable housing, and tackling homelessness.
  • A Healthy Birmingham: through a focus on tackling health inequalities, encouraging physical activity and healthy living, supporting mental health, and improving outcomes for adults with disabilities and older people.
  • A Green Birmingham: through a focus on street cleanliness, improving air quality, continuing the route to net zero, and becoming a city of nature.

We see the Council’s role as providing strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of services for all, so we can support those least able to support themselves by working with partners and putting citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

We are always looking for people who put the customer at the centre of their approach, with a commitment to excellence to help us achieve our vision.  We will support you to develop and thrive in your role, building a pathway for long-term success, with lots of development opportunities, such as apprenticeships.

In return, we offer you excellent terms and conditions, generous annual leave, a great pension scheme, well-being support, annual travel passes and discounts at a number of city centre establishments.

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0121 675 7070
Birmingham City Council
West Midlands
B2 2XU
United Kingdom

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