Teaching Assistant (with Class Cover)
Ark Castledown Primary Academy
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Teaching Assistant (with class cover)

Ark Castledown Primary Academy


A rare opportunity has arisen to join our innovative and ambitious support team.


Ark Castledown Primary Academy is a popular school in the heart of Hastings.  Since transitioning to Ark in September 2017, the school has seen significant improvement in all areas.

We have a dedicated staff team committed to providing the best possible education for our pupils. We require dynamic and resilient individuals who are ready to make a real impact in transforming pupils’ lives.


We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated Teaching Assistant on a permanent basis. This role will involve helping to implement work programmes for groups of children, assisting in planning and the management/preparation of resources, which could include some specialist knowledge in particular areas.  The successful applicant will also provide cover for whole classes under a system of supervision for 30% of the employed time throughout the school year, and lunchtime cover.  We can offer you a friendly, supportive school and opportunities for professional development.


The successful candidate will:

·         have experience of working with primary aged children
·         have good literacy and mathematical skills
·         be hard working and adaptable to change
·         ideally have a secure understanding and knowledge of observing children’s learning.

If you have a passion for education, we can offer you support and challenge to develop further. By joining the Ark schools network you will gain access to an exclusive range of benefits including comprehensive CPD, training and best-practice sharing opportunities, reduced gym membership, large retail discounts as well as the unique opportunity to apply for international exchanges and other scholarship prospects.

Interested in this exciting opportunity? If you have any questions and would like to arrange a visit please contact Ms Bowles on 01424 444046, or email office@arkcastledown.org to arrange a visit to the school.

To apply please go to
http://arkcastledown.org/vacancies or complete an application form found on our website and email to finance@arkcastledown.org.
 The closing date for applications is 10 am on 5th November 2018.


Location:                            Hastings
Start date:                          December 2018

Contract:                             Permanent
Hours:                                  23 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Salary:                                 £15,669 pro rata, £8.35 per hour (Actual Salary £8,572)

Closing date:                     10am on 5th November 2018

Interviews:                         8th November 2018



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



Job Description:  Teaching Assistant


Reports to:  Assistant Headteacher

Start date: As soon as possible  

Contract: Permanent

Hours:  23 hours per week, Monday to Friday

The Role

To support pupils, parents, teachers, and the school to establish a supportive and nurturing learning environment in which children make good academic progress

To provide lunchtime provision which ensures pupils engage in safe and productive play during lunchtime periods

Key responsibilities

To support individuals and groups of pupils to help them learn

To support teachers, parents and other colleagues to help create an effective and purposeful learning environment.

To provide cover for whole classes under a system of supervision for up to 30% of employed time throughout the school year.

Engage in purposeful play activities with the pupils whether indoors or outside in accordance with the instructions of the Assistant Headteacher.

Provide positive and firm control by implementing the school behaviour policy.

Deal with cases of inappropriate behaviour by pupils or report the incident immediately to the Assistant Headteacher.

Ensure that any injury or sickness of pupils is reported immediately to a First Aider or the office. (Where appropriate, administer basic first aid and record all details in the first aid book.)

Ensure that a healthy and safe environment is maintained for pupils at all time and ensure the hall, playground and surrounding areas are left orderly and clear for school afternoon activities to take places

Outcomes and activities

 Learning Support

Promote inclusion and acceptance of all pupils in the school, including those with physical, learning and behaviour difficulties

Work with teachers to assess the needs of individual children

Work with the SENCo and other teachers to implement Education Health Care Plans and develop resources for pupils who have: English as a second language, speech or language impairments, or behaviours that interfere with learning and/or relationships

Plan and facilitate small group teaching

Plan and undertake direction for one to one teaching and intervention

Observe, record and feedback information of pupil performance

Assist in creating materials for curriculum delivery and display boards

Assist with whole class teaching

Assist with behaviour management within and outside the classroom.

Provide off-site community based opportunities for pupils, if appropriate to the job assignment.

Assist pupils' achievement outside of the classroom, e.g., library.

Other support

Supervise pupils in playgrounds, lunchrooms, etc.

Assist with follow-through for related services, e.g., speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy

Maintain pupil and family confidentiality

Attend regular meetings and training, as required



Undertake other various responsibilities as directed by the Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher.


Person Specification: Teaching Assistant


 Qualification Criteria

Certified teaching assistant course or training (desirable)

Maths and English GCSE or equivalent at grade C or above (essential)

Right to work in UK.


Experience of establishing successful learning relationships with a variety of pupils at the relevant age

Experience of the role of a TA/INA and in particular classroom organisation and management

Experience of supporting the planning and delivery of the curriculum.


 Personal characteristics

Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every pupil

Helpful, positive, calm and caring nature

Able to establish good working relationships with other Teaching Assistants, Individual Needs Assistants and Teachers

Able to follow instructions accurately but make good judgements and lead when required.

Able to use initiative and imagination to devise games and play activities for children

Highly organised and efficient: capable of multi-tasking and working at pace

Positive commitment to pupil welfare

Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every pupil



 Specific skills

Good communication skills, including written and oral

Good numeracy and literacy skills

Competent with computers and other technology

Good administrative and organisational skills

Able to lead intervention sessions for pupils after receiving comprehensive training

Able to understand and implement particular strategies and methods to help pupils to improve their learning and enjoyment of learning

Able to help implement the necessary routines and patterns to establish good behaviour management within the school

Able to deal with minor incidents, first aid, and the personal health and hygiene of the pupils

Understands the importance of confidentiality and discretion.

Have specific strategies to combat attention seeking

Able to help implement the necessary routines and patterns to establish good behaviour management within the school

Able to contribute to overall school behaviour records and provide feedback

Ability to work in a team

Excellent interpersonal skills


 Other desirable training and skills

First Aid training

Training and practice in Ruth Miskin’s ‘Read, Write Inc.’



Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils

Willingness to undertake training

This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.






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.