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LEVEL 3 Teaching Assistant - TV76423

Short Heath Federation
Walsall, West Midlands
Grade G5 £27,044 - £30,695 Pro-Rata to hours worked.
Closing date
26 Feb 2024

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Short Heath Federation
Lane Head Nursery, Rosedale C of E Infant School, Short Heath Junior School
LEVEL 3 Teaching Assistant, Term Time Only
32½hrs a week
Grade G5 £27,044 - £30,695 Pro-Rata to hours worked.

At Short Heath Federation, we are looking for some really special people to work in our schools with some really special children and staff. As our schools continue to grow, as our numbers increase, and as we further develop the specialisms that we offer in school for our children, we are looking to recruit more dynamic staff to join us!

We have two posts. We are looking for someone who can lead a family group at our Nursery school (of up to 13 children aged 3-4 yrs). We are also looking for someone to lead our new “twos” groups. Recent and relevant experience of working within the 2-4 age range is essential.

Applications for full or part time (daily) work will be considered.

We are in an exciting phase in our Federation’s development, as we are West Walsall’s Nurture Hub, leading in schools on developing restorative practice, active members of the attachment research community – amongst other things. Our practice is recognised as exceptional. Our staff are too. We are very much a team and working that way is important to us. It benefits everyone. Our motto, ‘Every Day, in Every Way, Everyone Matters’ explains perfectly who we are and what we do.

We have a very high proportion of children with a wide range of Special Educational Needs, both at SEN Support and with EHCPs. The highest proportion in Walsall in fact. We can only do that with highly skilled and specialist staff who care desperately about doing what’s right for our children, who will always be curious and thinking about what else could work for a child if the current strategy isn’t working, who firmly believes that children sometimes communicate their love in the most unloving of ways, and will be there for them through the great times and the harder times. That’s what they deserve – no less. We have recently opened a formal Specialist Resource Provision at one of our schools, but we operate these specialist provisions in all of our schools so that children’s needs can be met in a mainstream setting, or until a time where that is no longer appropriate for them. It’s a tough job and we have recently redesigned how we train new staff, so that no one is thrown in at the deep end.

We welcome applications from people who:

Hold a full and relevant level 3 qualification (please contact school for further advice if required)


  • have GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English and Maths
  • use playfulness, acceptance, curious and empathy as an approach to working with children
  • have working knowledge and experience of working with children with ADHD, ASD, SLD and MLD
  • love working as part of an experienced team
  • are able to use their own initiative, thinking creatively
  • will support children to become independent learners
  • want to learn and grow in their careers
  • are imaginative, energetic, enthusiastic and hardworking and can have fun with it
  • believe that all barriers to learning can be overcome in some way

We can offer

  • Enthusiastic, highly motivated, happy children and families!
  • A strong dedicated team, who have high expectations of what our children can achieve whilst still having fun!
  • A structured programme of CPD, working closely with colleagues in our federated schools.

If you can see yourself being part of our team, you can download an application pack from our website - . If you want more information, please contact Mrs Deb Walton, our Head of School at Lane Head Nursery School, at Visits are encouraged.

Closing date for applications is midday on Monday 26th February with interviews being held shortly after. Application forms should be returned to: as a word document.

Short Heath Federation is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, keeping children safe in education and promoting British Values in school and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to an Enhanced DBS disclosure check and a completed Disqualification by Association form, along with relevant pre-employment checks, including two suitable professional references.


Our mission statement is:

Every day,
In every way,
Everyone matters.

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Short Heath Federation was formed in 2006 when Lane Head Nursery School, Rosedale Church of England Infant School and Short Heath Junior School joined forces under one governing body. Since then, we haven’t looked back!

Each of our schools is led by a Head of School – they are in charge of the day to day running of their school, as well as working together with the Executive Headteacher on the strategic improvement of all of our schools. All three of them are amazingly talented school leaders - specialists in their field. The Executive Head takes responsibility for the development of the federation (with a primary focus on continually improving the quality of teaching and learning in our schools), as well as supporting other schools in an advisory role and carrying out Ofsted Inspections in schools in the West Midlands Region.

We never stand still andshort heath since we federated, we have gone from strength to strength. Lane Head is an outstanding nursery school and Rosedale and Short Heath are both good schools. Across all schools we have an incredibly talented team of staff – every single one of them. We have more Specialist Leaders of Education than we have ever had before – we see ourselves as lifelong learners and are constantly researching effective practice and implementing even better teaching practices in our schools. Our leading practitioners enjoy using action research to further improve what we do.

We are very proud that we are able to support other schools in Walsall. We have a rapidly growing reputation as a centre of excellence and others are always keen to learn from what we do. We aspire to provide the very best possible education that we can for our children. It’s important to us that we support every aspect of a child’s development – personal, social and emotional, as well as academic.

One of our many particular strengths, and one that we are especially proud of, is that we focus on the very specific needs of every child – we really do mean it when we say ‘Every Day, in Every Way, Everyone Matters’. All staff believe that every single child has the potential to be exceptional – we do our very best to make sure we give them all of the opportunities that they need.  Our children deserve the best!

Although we are a federation, each of our schools has its own unique character and it’s always been important to us that we keep it that way. You can find out much more about each school on their individual website.

Lane Head Nursery School

Short Heath Junior School

Rosedale C of E Infant School

Another strength, and something that makes our federation unusual, is that one of our schools is a Church of England School. From the beginning it has been important to us all that we have a strong Christian ethos across all of our schools and we are extremely fortunate to have Furzebank Worship Centre on site as well as an extremely supportive vicar and church community. Without doubt, our outstanding Christian distinctiveness makes our settings extra special.

The future is exciting. We are looking forward to being able to welcome 90 children into our Reception classes from 2019, instead of the 60 we can currently take. We are looking forward to continuing to develop the extensive range of support that we give to our families beyond.

I am extremely proud to lead Short Heath Federation. Our children are amazing and make every single day fulfilling. We love what we do and we know that you will love it too.

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Cathy Draper
Executive Headteacher
Short Heath Federation

Short Heath Federation and your future

Our federation is very proud of what we can offer to you as an employee. We are fortunate to have a really talented team of staff who are there to support your professional development.

We have specialist leaders of education, leading practitioners and a structured programme of professional development for everyone, whatever your role.short heath

We love that we are able to offer opportunities in our school and beyond to learn from others and also to support others as part of your development. We have a strong track record of recognising talent and growing future leaders.

Many of our staff trained with us and have been successful in gaining employment with us after their training – in all sorts of roles and at all levels.

We try to keep our website up to date with vacancies, but it’s always worth emailing us to ask if there is anything available.

We offer:

  • a tailor-made induction programme (whatever your career stage) including opportunities for developing practice in our own and other schools in Walsall;
  • a personalised professional development plan;
  • a career coach;
  • Local Authority staff well-being programme;
  • an exciting opportunity for extensive professional development across a federation of schools, working with good and outstanding teachers in all phases;
  • laptop and iPad;
  • discounted childcare;
  • an annual spend of more than £15,000 on training and development for our staff;
  • the support of two leading practitioners and 6 specialist leaders of education spread across all phases;
  • wonderful children and families;
  • opportunities to shadow other colleagues;
  • supportive, dedicated, creative and talented colleagues;
  • an exceptionally strong Governing Body;
  • part time opportunities for the very best candidates
Company info
01902 368499
Pennine Way
West Midlands
WV12 4DS

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