Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship
Our Academy VIAT (Valley Invicta Academies Trust) consists of an exceptional cluster of primary and secondary schools at the heart of our local community, based in the Maidstone and Malling area of Kent. The Trust was legally established as a Multi-Academy Trust on 10 March 2011.
VIAT believes in benefits of cross-phase education, whereby all pupils, regardless of background, have a broad curriculum by specialist teachers across all ages; thereby enabling children to master the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their full educational and personal potential.
DESCRIPTION OF VACANCY
This vacancy is to work within a Specialist Resource Provision (SRP) with a designation of ASD. It will be to support children to access the mainstream classroom and the SRP within a stable and secure team.
- Support with the planning and implementation of appropriate routines and structures to support children ASD within the Specialist Resourced Provision.
- Work with individuals or small groups of pupils in the Specialist Resourced Provision classroom under the direct supervision of the HLTA and SRP teacher.
- Provide support for pupils to access mainstream integration opportunities.
- Liaise with the SRP HLTA and teacher to plan and deliver specialist interventions suitable to the needs of children in the SRP, and to include children with similar needs from the main school context as appropriate.
- Create and maintain a purposeful, orderly and supportive environment, in accordance with daily plans;
- Support pupils to understand instructions and develop independence in learning.
- Support staff in behaviour management and keeping pupils on task;
- Support pupils in social and emotional well-being, reporting problems to the teacher as appropriate;
- Prepare and clear up learning environment and resources, including photocopying, filing and the display and presentation of pupils work and contribute to maintaining a safe environment;
- Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person;
Teaching Assistants in this role may also undertake some or all of the following:
- Record basic pupil data
- Support children’s learning through play
- Assist with break and lunch-time supervision including facilitating games and activities
- Assist with escorting pupils on educational visits
- Support pupils in using basic ICT
- Assist with pupils’ personal needs including toileting, hygiene, dressing and eating, as well as help with social, welfare and health matters, reporting problems to the teacher as appropriate. Physically assist pupils in activities (may involve lifting, where mobility is an issue
- Assist with pupils on therapy or care programmes, designed and supervised by a therapist/teacher
VIAT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
The Trust is committed to valuing diversity in employment, service delivery practices and its general environment. An expectation of all leadership posts within the Trust is that each individual will take responsibility for promoting inclusive and accessible service provision, staff development and a culture that values and respects difference.
Term Time Only
Monday – Friday
8.00 am – 4.00 pm (half hour lunch)
Numeracy and Literacy Skills
Basic IT skills
Have the ability to relate well to children and adults understanding their needs and being able to respond accordingly
Work as part of a team
Calm, friendly and mature
Professionally discreet and able to respect
GCSE Grade 4 to 9 or higher in English and Maths or equivalent qualifications in these subjects.
On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship and Functional Skills if appropriate.
Regular work based assessments/observations carried out by Kent Training & Apprenticeships Tutor Assessor, to determine competency and meet with Awarding Body standards