Higher Level Learning and Teaching Assistant (SEMH) (The Discovery Academy)

The Discovery Academy, Discovery Drive, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 0GA
Level 7, Actual Salary (£20,171 - £22,271)
20 Apr 2021
26 Apr 2021
Job Ref
Contract Type
Fixed Term Contract
Working Pattern
Term time

Principal: Mr R Kelsall 

Required As Soon As Possible

Higher Level Learning and Teaching Assistant (SEMH)

35 Hours per week, Level 7, Actual Salary (£20,171 - £22,271)

Temporary whilst the child is at The Academy


The Discovery Academy is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic Higher Level Learning and Teaching Assistant to join our team of highly motivated professionals who are working collaboratively to raise standards and expectations at all levels throughout Key Stages 3 and 4. This is a fantastic opportunity for inspiring and aspirational individuals to join a creative, supportive faculty.


The successful candidate will have a good understanding of the education system; particular experience of working with learners with behavioural difficulties and sensory processing difficulties is essential. This will encompass understanding of behaviour management strategies and the ability to deliver personalised learning programmes to learners. Experience of SEMH, especially within a school or academy setting is essential.


The candidate must have excellent communication skills, and demonstrate patience and empathy in order to deal appropriately with sensitive or difficult situations with parents/carers.


The environment in which the role operates will demand that the post holder has the initiative and confidence to make decisions and solve problems themselves, but is able to effectively judge when to make decisions, consult with others or their line manager.


Our guiding principle is to‘expect excellence’ in everything that we do. Every student is encouraged to achieve their best in the pursuit of excellence. Our strong ethos of pride and mutual respect, together with high quality teaching, ensures our students understand our high expectations for behaviour and have opportunities to excel in learning. Discovery Academy’s students leave as aspiring, motivated and confident young adults.


The Academy boasts outstanding facilities, a state-of-the-art learning environment and was judged ‘Good’ following an inspection by Ofsted in January 2019.


The Alpha Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its employees and volunteers to share this commitment.  This post is exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced check by the Disclosure and Barring Service along with other stringent vetting and induction processes.


If you feel that the position is of an interest, you have the right experience and skills and are ready for fresh challenges, then we would love to hear from you.  For an application form and recruitment pack please see our website, https://alphaacademiestrust.co.uk/vacancies/  Should you need any further information regarding your application please contact our Recruitment Team by email at recruitment@alphaacademiestrust.co.uk

Visits to our Academy are warmly welcomed, please contact the Academy to arrange a mutually convenient appointment. 


The Alpha Academies Trust requires an application form to be completed, please note CV’s alone will not be accepted. Should you wish to apply, completed application forms should be sent to apply@alphaacademiestrust.co.uk quoting the job reference number detailed above.


Closing Date for this Post: Tuesday 4th May 2021 at 9:00am

Interview Date: To Be Confirmed

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