Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)
Purpose of the job:
De Warenne Academy is looking to appoint a Higher Level Teaching Assistant to join our academy. You will compliment teachers’ delivery of the curriculum and contribute to the development of other support staff, students and academy policies and strategies. You will also work collaboratively with teaching staff and assist teachers in the whole planning cycle and the management/preparation of resources. Also, supervise whole classes during the short term absence of teachers. The successful candidate will provide support to students, teachers and the academy in order to raise standards of achievement for all, by utilising advanced levels of knowledge and skills when assisting with planning, monitoring, assessing and managing classes and to encourage students to become independent learners, to provide support for their welfare, and to support the inclusion of students in all aspects of academy life.
Here at De Warenne Academy we are on a journey of rapid improvement and are currently ranked as the 3rd highest performing school in Doncaster and 9th out of 55 similar schools nationally. We are the highest performing secondary school of the ten situated in our local area and are improving year on year.
We serve the villages of Conisbrough and Denaby Main, situated between Doncaster and Rotherham. We are a small but oversubscribed academy, with 700 students on roll, and we pride ourselves on knowing our students well and doing our best to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
We benefit from having a newly built academy situated in spacious grounds. Yet again students, parents and staff were celebrating record GCSE results at De Warenne this summer, with the year group having made more progress than any other year group in the history of the academy. The most able students did extremely well, picking up prestigious grade 9s across a range of subjects including maths, English, science, history and photography. Overall 60% of students gained a grade 4 in maths and English and 35% achieved a grade 5 or above, exceeding national expectations for students of a similar ability.
Our staff are talented and enthusiastic and have all contributed to the academy’s success story. We have a staff rewards budget and socialise both as subject teams and as a whole staff. We also have access to a staff benefits scheme.
At De Warenne, we value the continuous professional development of all our employees and recognise that our staff and students are most successful when they feel happy, valued, challenged and supported to achieve their very best.
Our senior leadership team, along with our dedicated teachers and support staff, are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for every child in our care. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a team within a high-performing multi academy trust with exciting career prospects for successful applicants. Come and visit us and see for yourself!
Visits to the academy would be warmly welcomed by appointment. Please contact Mrs D Ellor on 01709 864001 if you would like to arrange a visit.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- To plan and prepare lessons with teachers, participating in all stages of the planning cycle, including lesson planning, evaluating and adjusting lessons/plans
- To develop and prepare resources for learning activities in accordance with lesson plans and in response to student need
- To contribute to the planning of opportunities for students to learn in out-of-school contexts in line with academy policies and procedures
- To teach whole classes covering PPA, within an agreed system of supervision and within a pre-determined lesson framework
- To provide detailed verbal and written feedback on lesson content, student responses to learning activities and student behaviour to teachers and students
- To motivate and progress students’ learning by using clearly structured, interesting teaching and learning activities
- To be familiar with lesson plans, IEP targets and learning objectives
- To be aware of and support difference and ensure all students have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop
- To promote and support the inclusion of students, including those with specific needs, both in learning activities and within the classroom
- To use behaviour management strategies in line with the academy’s behaviour policy to contribute to a purposeful learning environment and encourages students to interact and work cooperatively with others
- To progress students’ learning in a range of classroom settings, in accordance with arrangements made by the Principal, including working with individuals, small groups and whole classes where the assigned teacher is not present
- To organise and safely manage the appropriate learning environment and resources
- To promote and reinforce student self-esteem and independence and employ strategies to recognise and reward achievement and self-reliance
- To assist the teacher in encouraging acceptance and integration of students with special needs, or from different cultures and/or with English as an additional language
- To support the role of parents in students’ learning and contribute to/lead meetings with parents to provide constructive feedback on student progress, achievement and behaviour, maintaining sensitivity and confidentiality at all times
- To work with teachers, to evaluate students’ progress through a range of assessment activities
- To assess students’ responses to learning tasks and where appropriate, modify methods to meet individual and/or group needs
- To monitor student participation and progress and provide constructive feedback to students in relation to their progress and achievement
- To contribute to programmes of observation and assessment as planned by the teacher and provide reports, evaluations and other information to assist in the provision of appropriate support for specific children
- To provide support for students’ pastoral needs
- To provide physical support and maintain personal equipment used by students at the academy
- To foster and maintain constructive and supportive relationships with parents/carers, exchanging appropriate information, facilitating their support for their child’s attendance, access and learning, and supporting home to school and community links
- To supervise students at times other than during lessons according to the academy’s duty arrangements
- To support teaching staff and students on visits, trips and out of school activities as required
- To assist teachers by receiving instructions directly from professional or specialist support staff involved in the student’s education. These may include social workers, health visitors, language support staff, speech therapists, educational therapists, educational psychologists and physiotherapists.
- To ensure strict confidentiality in all areas of work.
- To work and process personal and sensitive information in accordance with Data Protection Act 2018 including the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018.
- To ensure work is conducted in a way that protects the safety and security of information (e.g. strong passwords, reporting breaches, securing paper records, securely disposing of records).
- To understand and comply with the statutory guidance regarding safeguarding of children, ensuring the safeguarding and promotion of children’s welfare at all times, reporting any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Officer immediately.
- To comply with the Trust and academy’s policies and procedures at all times.
To undertake other reasonable duties (with competence and experience) as requested, in accordance with the changing needs of the organisation.
External: Contractors, suppliers, parents, external agency professionals, other government and local authority staff, other staff from academies and schools
Internal: Students, staff, AAB members, parents and other visitors to the academy
This job description may be subject to change, following consultation between the post holder and the Academy.
The Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of its students and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and checks of the relevant barred list / prohibition lists.
Experience and Knowledge
Key: A = Application, I = Interview And Assessment, R = Reference, C = Certificate
- A recognised and relevant vocational qualification (NVQ3) as well as having or working towards the Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualification and/or equivalent practical work experience
- GCSE grade C or above, or equivalent, in Maths and English
- Previous experience of working effectively with young people preferably in a school setting
- Basic knowledge of ICT
- Experience of implementing national curriculum and relevant strategies
- Working knowledge of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection
- Good communication skills both oral and written
- Can use ICT effectively to support learning
- Ability to build positive relationships with all stakeholders
- Ability to work constructively as part of a team
- Commitment to self and team development
- Work in ways that promote equality of opportunity, participation, diversity and responsibility
- A commitment to abide by and promote the Academy’s Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Child Protection Policies
- A professional responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people
- The post holder will require an enhanced DBS
- Understanding of local and national teaching strategies e.g. literacy