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Graduate Teaching Assistant

Birmingham City Council
Billesley Primary School, Trittiford Road, Birmingham, B13 0ES
Grade 3 P9-22, Salary Range: £25,119-£31,364
Closing date
19 Jun 2024

Job Details

Hours: 32.5 (Term time only)

Contract Type: Permanent

Billesley Primary School

Trittiford Road


B13 0ES

Start Date: 02 September 2024

Join our team

Are you interested in becoming a teacher but want to gain more experience working with children? We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and skilled Graduate Teaching Assistant to work throughout the school.

In our most recent Ofsted Inspection in May 2019, we were judged Outstanding in all areas and continue to thrive as an organisation.

‘The curriculum provides pupils with rich and meaningful learning experiences.’

‘The provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is outstanding’

‘Teaching assistants have a very positive influence on pupils’ learning’.

Ofsted 2019

You will:

  • be passionate about supporting children across the school
  • display warmth, care and sensitivity in dealing with children
  • be open minded, self evaluative and adaptable to changing circumstances and new ideas
  • be able to enthuse and reflect upon experience
  • have ability to work flexibly
  • demonstrate drive, energy, enthusiasm.
  • have the ability to prioritise and organise self
  • have good interpersonal/communication skills
  • like children and want the very best for them, being prepared to put their needs first.
  • you must have a degree in a relevant area and have some experience of working with children.

Main Purpose of Job:

  • to work under the guidance of the class teacher to support teaching and learning in the classroom
  • to provide general support to the class teacher in the management and organisation of the pupils and the classroom
  • to assist the teacher in creating and maintaining a purposeful, orderly and supportive learning environment
  • to promote the inclusion of all pupils ensuring they have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop
  • to be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people within the school

Main Responsibilities

  • support for the Pupils/ Families
  • to deliver pastoral and learning support
  • to provide feedback to pupils in relation to progress and achievement
  • to establish and develop productive working relationships with pupils acting as a role model and developing 1:1 mentoring arrangements and providing support for pupils in need
  • to work with pupils, understanding how to motivate and encourage them to develop and achieve.
  • to provide support for pupils to broaden and enrich their learning
  • to work with the SENCO and other teachers to develop and implement individual education plans, target sheets and behaviour plans
  • to understand the individual needs of children and be responsible for supporting them in terms of their healthy development
  • to promote the inclusion and acceptance of all pupils within the classroom. Encourage pupils to interact and work co-operatively with others and engage in all activities
  • to read with individual children and groups and complete reading records as directed by the class teacher
  • to work with small groups of children and to take responsibility for their learning
  • to support children with disabilities or special educational needs
  • to support children in mixed ability groupings ensuring that they understand tasks and learning objectives
  • support for the Teachers
  • within an agreed system of supervision, to work with the teacher to develop lessons, work plans and the classroom environment
  • to assess, feedback and record the achievements and progress of pupils through agreed monitoring systems
  • to establish and maintain constructive relationships with parents/carers by:
  • supporting their role in pupils’ learning
  • providing constructive feedback on pupils progress and achievements
  • facilitating their support for their child’s attendance
  • support home - school community links
  • to develop behaviour management strategies. To be proactive in managing behaviour and promote self-control, independence and integration
  • to support pupil transition and attend parents evenings as appropriate
  • to accompany teachers and classes on educational visits
  • to work with the class teacher to complete administration tasks and prepare displays

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

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. 

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.

Closing date: Wednesday 19 June 2024, midnight

How to Apply

We hope that the information provided is useful and informative.

Further details can be found via our website and a full candidate pack can be obtained here 

Interviews: Mon 24th June 2024

Please apply online

If you wish to arrange a visit to Billesley Primary School in relation to the specific role, please do not hesitate to contact Kevin Smyth the School Business Manager. We have the following dates booked in for visits:

Monday 3 June at 4.15pm
Monday 10 June at 4.15pm
Monday 17 June at 4.15pm

A full application pack can be viewed at the following link



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).

If you require an application in an alternative format, such as Braille or you are unable to complete an application form via WMJOBS, please contact When you have completed your application form this can be returned to or for Braille applications these can be posted to, Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor, 10 Woodcock Street, B7 4BG.

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.

Birmingham City Council is a Foundation Living wage employer - known as the Birmingham Living Wage. The Birmingham Living Wage, is determined by the Living Wage Foundation on an annual basis by the Centre of Research in Society Polity at Loughborough University. The current rate can be found at:   

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West Midlands
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