The unsung heroes of the classroom tend to be the Teaching Assistants. By the Teacher’s side, offering crucial support, engaging brilliantly with even the most challenging young people, and helping to prepare them for the real world.
Here, we value that support just as much as we value the work of our Teachers – because the difference our Teaching Assistants make to the lives of our primary pupils is truly incredible.
That’s why we don’t pro rata your salary as a Teaching Assistant, but, pay you based on the Outer London NJC scale. Not to mention giving you one of the most stunning settings within which to work, overlooking Windsor Castle. Plus, you’ll have all the latest equipment at your fingertips, plus a range of specialist learning areas to motivate and inspire our young people.
Each class only has up to eight pupils, allowing you to focus your attention effectively on each individual. Yet you’re going to come up against some behaviours that will test your resilience and prove your passion for developing these young people.
How will you face that? With determination and the desire to make a difference. Assisting pupils with their learning, monitoring their work and raising their self-esteem – that’s what it’s all about. It means encouraging and showing how rewarding it can be for pupils to concentrate their efforts on the work, whilst raising their self-esteem through timely praise.
This is really a role for someone with a background as a Teaching Assistant already, as you’ll need to know what to expect of classroom life if you’re going to be effective in a SEN environment. You’ll need knowledge of welfare and safeguarding practices within education, an NVQ Level 2 (or equivalent) or above qualification and proven ability to really connect with young people in secondary education.
Emotionally strong, a true team worker and driven as much to develop your own skills as your pupils’, you’ll also be prepared to take part in occasional meetings outside of school hours to help drive team focus.
The benefit of doing a role like this is it feels good and gives you a sense of hard-won achievement and progress. There are also some outstanding rewards – in fact, our salary and benefits package is one of the best in the sector. It includes:
A highly competitive salary
- Full school holidays
- Contributory pension scheme
- A comprehensive, market-leading induction and on-going training
- Extensive Group staff benefits, such as a Medicash Health Plan/Employee Assistance and Cycle to Work Scheme
- Free lunches
- Free DBS Enhanced checks for all new employees
For a full job description and person specification please apply for role.
The Witherslack Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its young people. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community.