Read Write Inc. Phonics Lead TA
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Read Write Inc. Phonics Lead TA


Isaac Newton Academy, Redbridge

Interim Principal: Jo Spencer

Head of Primary: Tam Broadway


Lead TA RWI Phonic Leader

Required for Immediate Start


All-through mixed 4-18 comprehensive in Redbridge


Start date: ASAP   

Salary: Ark Support Band 7(£23,577- £29,241)

Location: Ilford, London

Nearest train station: Seven Kings

Deadline: Wednesday 13th February 2019

Ofsted: Outstanding in all areas (October 2018)


Visits to our school are encouraged; to arrange, please call 0208 911 6666.


In September 2012 Isaac Newton Academy opened with its inaugural cohort of 180 year 7 students. It has grown year on year to its full capaicity of 1554 11-18 year olds with specialist status in mathematics and music. In 2014 the primary phase opened, welcoming 90 reception-aged pupils. This will continue to expand each year until full in 2020.


In October 2018 the school was judged to be outstanding in all categories by OFSTED.



We are looking to appoint an exceptional Lead Teaching Assistant to ensure outstanding teaching and learning of the RWI programme across the school.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience and evidence of establishing successful relationships with a variety of stakeholders including staff, parents and pupils
  • Experience and evidence of the role of a TA and in particular classroom organisation and management
  • Experience and evidence of teaching the Read Write Inc. programme to a very high standard over a significant period of time
  • Experience and evidence of developing and working as part of a high performing team
  • Vision aligned with Ark and the Academy’s high aspirations and high expectations of self and others

If you are seeking a challenging and highly rewarding position, enriching the lives of the young students who attend Isaac Newton Academy and members of the local community, then we are keen to hear from you.


To apply, please  visit Please complete your application by 12:00pm on Wednesday 13th February 2019. 


If you have any technical issues with the application form please contact our recruitment team on 0203 116 6345 or 


To request a candidate information pack or to discuss the roles please contact our HR Office, on 020 8911 6656 or


Ark is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Job Description: Read Write Inc. Phonics Lead

Reporting to: Primary Headteacher
Start date: ASAP

Hours: 36 hours/week, 40 weeks per year
Ark Support Band 7(£23,577- £29,241)
Disclosure Level: Enhanced     


The Role

To lead and manage the Read Write Inc. phonics programme ensuring outstanding teaching and learning across the school.

Whilst the role is essentially non-classed based during the teaching of phonics each day, allowing for time to support colleagues and pupils, the successful candidate will be required to cover some NQT and PPA classes across the Primary phase.

Key responsibilities    

  • To lead and manage the organisation of the RWI programme across the school
  • To plan and provide model lessons for RWI and cover as necessary
  • To lead and manage the training and coaching of staff in the teaching of the phonics programme
  • To lead and manage regular assessments of the RWI children
  • To liaise with the Head of Primary on a regular basis
  • To contribute to the effective working of the academy
  • To support pupils in the acquisition and development of learning dispositions and positive character traits
  • To be accountable for student progress and attainment levels in phonics across the school           



Academy Culture

  • To help create a strong academy community, characterised by consistent, orderly behaviour and caring, respectful relationships by maintaining a presence around the academy
  • To help develop an academy culture and ethos that is utterly committed to achievement
  • To demonstrate a commitment to equality of opportunity for all members of the academy’s community
  • To actively promote the academy at all times
  • To contribute to discussions at meetings and any staff training sessions
  • To be active in issues of student welfare and support
  • To support and work in collaboration with colleagues and other professionals in and beyond the Academy, covering lessons and providing other support as required.



  • To undertake other various responsibilities as directed by the Deputy Headteachers or Headteacher
  • To meet the expectations of all INA staff as laid out in the Staff Expectations Policy
  • To uphold all academy polices with consistency and diligence
  • To undertake, and when required, deliver or be part of the appraisal system and relevant training and professional development.
  • To attend and any required CPD to glean good practice

  • Person Specification: Read Write Inc. Phonics Lead

Qualification Criteria

  • Maths and English GCSE or equivalent at grade C or above
  • Qualified to degree level (desirable)
  • Full Read Write Inc. training
  • ·Right to work in UK


  • Experience and evidence of delivering consistently outstanding lessons  
  • Experience and evidence of raising attainment of all pupils
  • Experience and evidence of implementing behaviour management strategies consistently and effectively
  • Evidence of continually improving the teaching and learning of phonics


  • Passion for Primary education
  • High expectations for accountability and consistency
  • Vision aligned with Ark’s high aspirations, high expectations of self and others
  • A firm and constant belief in the unlimited potential of every student and a commitment to inclusive educational provision
  • Motivation to continually improve standards and achieve excellence
  • Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all students and providing equality of opportunity
  • The ability to enthuse and inspire others
  • The ability to consistently deliver outstanding lessons
  • Effective and systematic behaviour management, with clear boundaries, sanctions, praise and recognition
  • Excellent communication, planning and organisational skills
  • Resilience, motivation and commitment to driving up standards of achievement
  • A role model to staff and students
  • Commitment to regular and on-going professional development and training to establish outstanding classroom practice.
  • The ability to develop positive relations with students and adults
  • The ability to work effectively alone and as a part of a team
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and ICT skills
  • Strong time management skills
  • The ability to take personal responsibility, a readiness to reflect and self-evaluate, and the ability to change, develop and improve
  • Confidence and self-motivation
  • The ability to work well under pressure
  • High levels of honesty and integrity
  • A sense of humour and desire to have fun.

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies.  In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Dear Colleague,

Thank you for your interest in a Read Write Inc. Lead TA post at Isaac Newton Academy, an Ark School. We are delighted to have this opportunity to introduce ourselves, to give some details about our school and to describe the kind of teachers we hope to appoint to the positions.  

Isaac Newton Secondary Academy opened in September 2012 in Ilford, East London, in brand new, purpose-built accommodation. The Academy has been carefully designed with ARK’s philosophy in mind and has facilities and resources to support a rich and diverse 21st century curriculum. The secondary school has the capacity of 1,550 students (900 11 – 16 year olds and 350 sixth formers).  In 2014 the primary phase of the Academy opened to 90 reception-aged pupils. This will continue to grow year on year, until full in 2020. It is housed in purpose built primary accommodation next door to the secondary phase. The Academy benefits from joining a number of successful primary and secondary schools in the diverse Redbridge community as well as being part of the Ark network.

We feel both privileged and excited to have been appointed as Isaac Newton Academy’s Principal and Head of Primary. The chance to create a new and outstanding school from scratch, designing the curriculum, policies and procedures, structuring the school day and year and appointing the staff, is a rare and golden one. 

We are looking to appoint an outstanding primary teacher at Isaac Newton Primary Academy as soon as possible to play a vital role in setting up and establishing the ethos, high standards and expectations commensurate with an outstanding facility.

First and foremost, we are looking for individuals who are committed to Ark’s six pillars (see details in pack) and feel as passionately as we do about the school’s vision (outlined in the prospectus found on the Academy website). You will read that at Isaac Newton Academy we have extremely high expectations of ourselves and of each and every pupil.  It is important that the post holder believes unswervingly that, regardless of background or prior attainment, every student entering the school has the potential to leave with a set of qualifications that will enable them to pursue their education at a top university. We are setting ourselves very ambitious goals, and the post holders will play a central role in ensuring that Isaac Newton becomes a truly great school.  You will require determination, resilience, optimism and creativity in order to ensure that effective and efficient systems are in place to support every pupil to achieve their target grades.

It is our vision that Isaac Newton Academy will be at the centre of the local community, with opportunities for the students’ parents, siblings and neighbours to attend classes and benefit from the amazing facilities.  We are looking to appoint an exceptional teaching assistant who shares this desire to enrich the lives of residents of Ilford and make the school a true community school.

And what you can expect from us? We will be committed to providing you with the environment, support and resources necessary to carry out your role to an outstanding level. We will prioritise your professional development needs. We will ensure that you receive supportive and developmental line management and coaching.

If what you have read about Isaac Newton Academy chimes with your personal educational philosophy, we very much hope that you will consider applying for the post. This is a key role in the Academy and a challenging yet highly rewarding opportunity. 

If you have any technical issues with the application form please contact our recruitment team on 0203 116 6345 or

To request a candidate information pack or to discuss the roles further please contact Florentina Smintinica, Recruitment/ HR Administrator  on 020 8911 6656 or


Yours faithfully,


Jo Spencer                                                     Tam Broadway

Interim Principal                                      Head of Primary