Teaching Assistant Level 2
Purpose of the job:
Willow Green Primary Academy are looking to appoint a Teaching Assistant Level 2 to join our academy in December 2021 or sooner if possible. You will work under the instruction/guidance of teaching/senior staff to undertake work/care/support programmes, to enable access to learning for pupils and to assist the teacher in the management of pupils and the classroom. Work may be carried out in the classroom or outside the main teaching area.
We believe that Willow Green Primary Academy is an inspirational place to work and to learn. With a dedicated and talented team we strive for excellence in everything we do and we pride ourselves on our creative and innovative approach to education. Teamwork and collaboration are central to everything we do for our children; by sharing our ideas, developing our expertise and harnessing our passion, we are able to create a wonderful environment where everybody’s achievements are valued and celebrated.
Located in Ferrybridge, in the heart of Yorkshire, we are a primary academy entrusted with being the centre of learning for over two-hundred children who range in age from Nursery to Year 6. The building itself is modern in design and flooded with natural light, making our learning environments bright and vibrant places to be. It is a beautiful place for children to learn and never fails to impress visitors to our school. We have high expectations of all our children and we model this by having high expectations of ourselves.
Each and every person who steps through the door at Willow Green is treated respectfully and given the absolute best opportunities possible to realise their potential and become the greatest version of themselves they can be.
Visits to the academy would be warmly welcomed by appointment. Please contact the academy on 01977 722487 if you would like to arrange a visit.
Support the pupil by:
- Undertaking the activities with either individuals or groups of children to ensure their safety and facilitate their physical, emotional and educational development.
- Carrying out pre-determined educational activities and work programmes whilst promoting independent learning.
- Establishing good relationships with pupils and acting as a role model.
- Working to establish a supportive relationship with the children and parents concerned.
- Encouraging acceptance and inclusion of the child with special needs.
- Promoting and reinforcing the child’s self-esteem.
- Providing feedback to pupils in relation to their progress and achievement, under the guidance of the teacher.
- Promoting good pupil behaviour and dealing with conflicts and incidents in line with academy policies.
Support the Teacher by:
- Monitoring individual children’s needs and reporting these to their designated supervisor as appropriate.
- Being aware of issues around pupil progress and achievement and reporting to the teacher as agreed.
- Keep such records of the children’s development as are required by the Academy.
- Assisting teaching staff in the planning of work programmes for individuals and groups of children.
- Provide support to the teacher in delivery of local and national learning strategies.
- Supporting teaching staff in the carrying out of home visits.
- Assisting the teaching staff in the smooth transition between educational phases.
Support the Academy by:
- To be aware of confidential issues to home/pupil/teacher/school work and to keep confidence as appropriate.
- To assist with the supervision of pupils out of lesson times, which may include before and after school and at lunchtimes.
- 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.
Any special conditions of service
- There is a requirement to undergo an enhanced DBS check
- Term time working
- There may be a need occasionally to work outside of normal academy hours and/or off premises following appropriate consultation and notice.
To undertake other reasonable duties (with competence and experience) as requested, in accordance with the changing needs of the organisation.
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
- Working with or caring for children of relevant age (A/I)
- Understanding classroom roles and responsibilities and your own position within these (A/I)
- A minimum GCSE Maths and English grades C or above (or equivalent) (A/C)
- An understanding of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection (A/I)
- Participate in development and training opportunities (A/I)
- Previous experience of working with young people preferably in a school setting (A/I)
- Good communication skills both oral and written (A/I/R)
- Use basic technology – computer, video, photocopier (A/I)
- Ability to build positive relationships with all stakeholders (A/I)
- Ability to work constructively as part of a team (A/I/R)
- Commitment to self and team development (A/I)
- Work in ways that promote equality of opportunity, participation, diversity and responsibility (A/I)
- A commitment to abide by and promote the Academy’s Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Child Protection Policies (A/I)
- A professional responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people (A/I)
- The post holder will require an enhanced DBS with barred list (C)
- Appropriate knowledge of first aid (A)
- Completion of DfES Teacher Assistant Induction Programme or equivalent (A/C)
- Awareness of local and national teaching strategies (A/I)
- Completion of NVQ Level 3 Teaching Assistant (A/C)