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Level 2 Teaching Assistant

Birmingham City Council
The Heights Academy 604 Auckland Drive Solihull B36 0DD
FET Range D - £22,829 to £24,805(FTE) / £17,485 to £18,998 pa (actual) - plus SEN allowance
Closing date
3 Jul 2024

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Job Details

Start date: 2 September 2024

Hours per week: 32.50, Term time only

The Heights Academy
604 Auckland Drive
B36 0DD
Telephone number: 0121 809 0885

Contact email:

Contract type: Permanent  

“Pay award pending effective 1 April 2024”

Forward Education Trust is an established MAT of seven Special schools based in the West Midlands, covering areas in Sandwell, Birmingham and Solihull.
The Heights Academy opened in September 2023 in a brand-new build, and this is a unique and exciting opportunity to be part of the next stage of the journey. Initially we are open to 48 pupils in
Key Stage 2 and Year 7, but over time, will grow to cater for 116 pupils across Key Stage 2, 3 and 4.

All of our pupils have an EHCP with a diagnosis of Autism with possible associated SEMH.

The successful candidate will have:

  • previous teaching experience and skills of working with children in KS2, KS3 or KS4
  • previous experience of working with children in SEND settings
  • previous experience of working with children with Autism
  • all applications must be qualified to NVQ Level 2 for Teaching Assistants or equivalent and be able to evidence this

We can offer you:

  • a commitment to support you in developing new skills through a wide range of professional development opportunities and experiences
  • the opportunity to make a huge contribution to the education and lives of children who respond very positively to high quality teaching and support
  • a friendly and inclusive working environment

You will offer us:

  • your considerable skill as an outstanding teacher who has experience of working with children with special needs
  • your commitment to engaging and inspiring our pupils, and the ability to make a real difference to their learning and general well-being
  • your flexibility, commitment, and excellent interpersonal skills

Forward Education Trust is committed to recruiting and retaining the highest quality staff. To do this, we have an Employee Value Proposition offering a range of benefits to help our staff on a personal and professional level, which includes:

  • Teacher Pension or Support Staff Local Government Pension – Employer Contribution
  • FET HUB – information all in one place, access to a range of benefits
  • paid for Health Cash Plan – employee and dependent children benefit – option to add partner
  • employee questionnaire – Consultation with staff on a range of issues and ideas
  • salary sacrifice scheme – Cycle to Work Scheme
  • access to the NHS approved Thrive App – to support mental health & well-being
  • Comprehensive induction and probation support and an ongoing performance management & appraisal system
  • easy purchase scheme (salary deduction) – Smart Tech in association with Currys
  • Enhanced Employee Assistance Programme – free, totally confidential advice, with face-to-face consultations
  • personal & professional learning & development – including FLICK online learning and other resources
  • access to discounts and offers from Reward Gateway and My Perks
  • Occupational Health Service – accessible to support the needs of individual staff
  • staff recognition – e-cards to celebrate success among colleagues
  • Mental Health First Aiders
  • policies being developed to support positive health & well-being :Family Friendly Working, Special Leave of Absence, Flexible Working, Menopause
  • a commitment to develop new ideas to show we really value what you do for our children

The Trust may review applications upon receipt and may call applicants for interview prior to the advert closing date. Therefore, you are encouraged to make an early application for this role and we reserve the right to close the vacancy earlier than the advertised closing date.

Please note that only Forward Education Trust Application forms will be accepted; we will not read accompanying Curriculum Vitae (CV) or accept them in place of an application form.

Forward Education Trust is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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.

How to apply

Please visit our website.

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.



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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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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.
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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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