Teaching Assistant NCC Level 1 – 32.5 hrs/week, term time only (permanent)
GLPC-C SCP 4-5 (£18,426-£18,795 pro rata = approx £13,860-14,137 per annum)
Oak Field School is an Outstanding Special School (Ofsted 2018, 2014, 2011) for 168 pupils aged 3-19 with a wide range of learning and physical disabilities, broadly SLD (severe learning difficulties) and PMLD (profound and multiple learning difficulties). This also includes some pupils with challenging behaviours linked to SLD, some pupils with ASD, and some pupils with complex health needs. This is a permanent full-time post, to start as soon as possible, and there is also the additional possibility of a 1-year temporary full-time post.
We are seeking a proactive, enthusiastic, and committed Teaching Assistant with a strong background/interest in the field of SEN and Disability. A particular interest in supporting the learning of pupils with SLD/ASD who have challenging behaviours linked to their disability would be an advantage, as would experience of supporting the learning of children and young people with PMLD. The school would very much welcome applications from graduates with a degree in a relevant field, who have a strong interest in/experience of this sector, and/or who might be considering a teaching career. Similarly, although this is an unqualified post, we would welcome applications from strong candidates who have completed, or are currently enrolled on, an NVQ3 course in Supporting Teaching and Learning (STL), or who are thinking of doing this in the future, for career progression. If in doubt about your suitability for this post, please contact one of the Deputy Heads before you apply, as below.
The focus of a TA1 post at our school is to support personalised learning at all levels - this includes teaching, learning, assessment, behaviour management, and care; TA1s support especially the physical management and care of the pupils, alongside pupil/student assistants. The successful candidate will be expected to be proactive in seeking and developing their own CPD. The school provides training in areas such as Makaton, Physical Intervention (NCC Approach), Moving and Handling, and Personal and Intimate Care (see appendix) to maximise access to learning. We also ensure access to multi-disciplinary training in physical management, and health tasks such as gastrostomy feeds, as appropriate. Although TAs work in a specific class, candidates are appointed to the school, rather than to a specific KS, to a particular area of Learning Difficulty, or to a particular pupil (class placement changes annually, by negotiation), and are expected to participate actively in the wider life and enrichment activities of the school.
Working hours for this post are Mon-Fri 8.50am-3.50pm, with 30 minutes lunchbreak,
Since Oak Field is a unique specialised educational setting within the city of Nottingham, we strongly advise that before you apply for this post you arrange to spend some time at the school experiencing a couple of different classes – please allow up to 1 hour for this visit. This opportunity is available on:
- Tuesday 19th November at 9.30am or 1.30pm
- Wednesday 20th November at 1.30pm
- Thursday 21st November at 9.30am
Please telephone Alison Kane (Office Manager) to book your visit.
If you are unable to make one of these visits, we strongly suggest you book an informal conversation about this post with Laura Wyatt or Matthew Riley (Deputy Heads) before you apply.
Applications close on: Monday 25th November 2019 at noon.
Provisional interview date: Thursday 28th November 2019.
Interviews will include classroom observations, and skills tests.
A commitment to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people is essential, and the successful applicant will be required to have an enhanced DBS check carried out prior to commencing employment.