Education  2023-02-21 10:28:34

Contract

£100 – £120/day

Chesham

DO YOU WISH TO WORK WITHIN A PRIMARY, SECONDARY OR SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLS ACROSS BUCKINGHAMSHIRE?

Learning support assistants & Teaching Assistants Required for: Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Chesham and Beaconsfield

Start date: ASAP, April 2023 or September 2023

Salary: £80 to £120 a day depending on experience

Contract type: Full academic year

Working hours: 08.30 am to 3.30 pm

Full time or part time flexible (zero hour contracts) available now

Teaching assistants play an important role in supporting learning activities in schools and nurseries

As a teaching assistant (TA), you'll support pupils in their educational, emotional and social development either individually, in groups or as a whole class.

You'll also support the teacher by undertaking duties that will free up their time for teaching, such as preparing the classroom for lessons, making resources and creating displays of children's work.

Some TAs work exclusively with pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) or other specific needs.

Responsibilities

Your duties will depend on your experience, training and TA status. Generally, you'll need to:

make sure that the pupils you support are able to engage in learning and stay on task during the lesson or activity so that they can become independent learners
support the social and emotional development of pupils, reporting any issues when required
support the teacher in managing challenging pupil behaviour and promoting positive behaviour
listen to pupils read and read to pupils as a class, group or one-to-one
monitor and record pupils' progress and provide detailed and regular feedback to teachers
carry out administrative duties, such as preparing the classroom and clearing away after class to ensure effective teaching can take place
look after pupils who have had accidents, administering first aid where necessary, and those who need help dressing or are upset
make resources for use by teachers and pupils and create art displays of pupils' artwork
provide support outside of your normal classes, such as helping during exams, covering TA absences or going on school trips
help with extracurricular activity such as breakfast and after-school clubs, homework club, revision sessions or playtime and lunchtime duties.
What to expect

You'll be supporting pupils who may have a range of learning and/or behavioural difficulties.
You'll be busy with a variety of tasks on any given day, and may be asked to offer extra support at short notice. There is an expectation to get stuck in and provide help as and when it's needed.
Depending on your role you may need to provide personal care to pupils, and help with lifting or moving them where required.
The teaching assistant role can be challenging, but watching pupils progress can also be extremely rewarding.
The majority of your work will be in the classroom, but you may also be involved in lunchtime supervision, outdoor activities and school trips.
Skills

You'll need to have:

a positive approach to working with children and the ability to motivate, inspire and build rapport
a strong regard for pupil safety and well-being
respect for diversity, as you'll be working with pupils from a range of backgrounds
communication and interpersonal skills to build relationships with pupils, parents, teachers and governors
reading, writing and numeracy skills
excellent team working skills for working with other support staff, classroom teachers and professionals such as educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, social workers and external agencies
creative ability
patience
a flexible approach to work, as you'll be involved in a range of school-related activities such as cooking, art and science projects and forest school
organisational skills
a professional attitude to work
a willingness to keep up to date with educational policy and training related to your role.
Fluency in local community languages may be an advantage in roles supporting English as an additional language (EAL) pupils. Skills in areas such as first aid, Makaton and British Sign Language can also be useful.

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