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Teaching Assistants for Spring Term 2021


Experience is not necessary but we look for people with energy, enthusiasm and a positive attitude. Every day is different so we need people who are resilient and work well as part of a team.


For applicants with substantial experience we could offer a TA Level 2 position.


Usually applicants will be invited to spend a day in school. The day would be spent in three classes and will cover the range of students we have in the school. This is your opportunity to experience the role of a teaching assistant in a special school but also for our staff to evaluate how you work with students across the age and ability ranges. 


The next stage of the process is a formal interview and if you are successful the offer of a job subject to satisfactory references.


Please be aware that, at Woodlands, we take Safeguarding children very seriously and checking the appropriateness of potential staff to work with children is a routine part of our recruitment process.


Starting Salary for a TA1 - £13, 945


Closing date - Friday 8th January 2021

Visits to the school - Due to Coronavirus this may not be possible.

Interviews - will on on Tuesday 19th January 2021 via Zoom.

Midday Supervisory Assistants

for Autumn Term 2020

We are looking to recruit MDSAs to support in classes over the lunchtime period (11.45 - 14.00 Monday - Friday). The role involves supporting students over lunchtime, playground duty and supporting with personal care.


If you are interested please see the job description and complete the application in the section below. 


Please be aware that at Woodlands, we take Safeguarding children very seriously. Checking the appropriateness of potential staff to work with children is a routine part of our recruitment process.


Closing Date: Friday 25th September 2020

Visits to the school: Will not be possible due to Coronavirus

Interviews: Friday 2nd October 2020 by Zoom

Higher Level Teaching Assistant



Posts September 2020



For September 2020 we are looking to create a new tier within the TA structure. This will either be to support in class or for those with substantial additional responsibilities. These positions will be full-time permanent positions. Please address the job description and person specification below when completing the application.


PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:                                                                                      %



Take a lead role in developing and maintaining resources to assist in teaching through leading, supervising and coordinating individuals or teams of teaching assistants.  Manage, develop and communicate with the teaching assistants team.  Manage the teaching assistants’ induction programme.  Take a lead responsibility for appraisal and training this team.  Monitor performance and address any performance issues in the first instance. 




Contribute to the planning of teaching and learning for the whole classes and/or individual pupils on a short, medium and long-term basis.  Contribute to the planning of lessons and work programmes, the devising of activities and target setting.  Under the direction of class teachers, following agreed lesson plans, support the teaching and learning of individuals or groups of pupils, using support strategies appropriate to the needs of pupils, providing feedback and liaising over problems. Facilitate the intellectual and social development of pupils, working with the class teachers to support the achievement of literacy and numeracy targets and in other specific curriculum areas.  Prepare, develop, maintain and deploy appropriate learning aids, materials and equipment, including ICT, to assist in teaching.  Advise on the suitability of such resources including their appropriateness in the culturally and linguistically diverse classroom.




Co-ordinate the monitoring, recording and assessment of pupil progress, arranging and contributing to specialist assessments as required. Ensure there are detailed and reliable records of individual’s progress.  Assist teachers in the evaluation and revision of lessons and work programmes for individuals and groups of pupils. Assist teachers in writing reports and able to meet deadlines within the department.




Contribute to the development of a purposeful working atmosphere and implement and monitor the school’s behaviour and any related policies and procedures.  Supervise/teach whole groups/whole classes under the supervision of the class teacher for agreed periods when the teacher is not present.




Co-ordinate, initiate and develop liaison with parents, carers and outside agencies, ensuring effective communication throughout.  




Work collaboratively with other agencies and professionals, as necessary, including educational psychologists, health professionals in order to maximise the support for students.  Coach and train others in these strategies. 




As required, lead specific aspects of teaching, learning and delivering a curriculum that is appropriate to the individual child. Support colleagues to manage challenging behaviour and be solution focused if a child or young person needs additional interventions to support them to engage in learning.




Work with the class team to ensure the safeguarding of pupils and that all relevant information is recorded on CPOMS in a timely fashion.



Person Specification – Please ensure you cover the essential criteria in your letter of application.               



Essential Criteria


In-depth experience of planning, monitoring and assessment of pupils’ progress in an education setting.

Demonstrable experience of working with people with a range of special needs.

Substantial experience of working in a school environment is essential for this post.

Skills and Abilities

Able to lead and manage a team of teaching assistants.

Able to train, develop, inform and motivate others.

Self-motivated and able to use own initiative in working with parents/carers and related agencies within an agreed policy/procedure framework.

Able to devise and implement effective communication systems at a range of levels, e.g. with children, parents, other professionals, etc.

Able to establish comprehensive systems of record keeping and use these to inform judgements and decisions.

Able to support learning in the relevant Key Stage/Department. 

Able to use information technology skills for word processing, databases and spreadsheets.

Able to converse with ease with members of the public and provide effective help or advice in accurate and fluent spoken English    


Able to form appropriate relationships with young people.

Emotional resilience with working with challenging behaviours.

Able to demonstrate appropriate motivation to work with young people.

Appropriate attitudes to managing pupils who struggle to self-regulate in the school environment.

Equality Issues

Able to recognise and act upon common forms of discrimination.

Able to understand and champion equality for pupils in SEND.

Specialist Knowledge

In-depth knowledge of how pupils learn.

Demonstrable knowledge of curriculum requirements.

Good knowledge and understanding of policies and procedures in areas such as safeguarding and child protection, behaviour management. 

Education and Training

HLTA status or a commitment to commence the relevant course.

Commitment to continuous professional development.

NVQ in childcare Level 4, STAC, STA

Degree or enrolled on a degree course with a view to becoming a teacher.

Other Requirements

A good standard of written English.



Closing date: Friday 26th June 2020

Interviews (by Zoom): Week beginning 29th June 2020

Application Form for HLTA

Application Pack for Midday Supervisory Assistants

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