Ashford, Kent
£4.30 per hour minimum
07 Jan 2022
04 Feb 2022
Job Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Employer Description

Goldwyn School is a KCC Foundation Special School for children and young people with an EHCP for SEMH needs from age 11 to 18.  Students who are admitted to the school have complex and wide ranging difficulties and come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds and a wide geographical area.

The Goldwyn leaders and all our staff are inspirational, committed to providing a happy, secure and stimulating school in which students enjoy their learning.  We provide an education that develops the whole child academically, socially and emotionally. We focus our energies on ensuring that all children aim for excellence in their work and are able to achieve the very best that they can.

Goldwyn School is an Outstanding School for students with SEMH needs, and consists of:

  • Goldwyn Ashford in Great Chart, Ashford (TN23 3BT)
  • Goldwyn Folkestone in Parkfield Road, Folkestone (CT19 5BY)
  • Goldwyn Sixth Form in Leacon Road, Ashford, Kent (TN23 4FB)
  • Goldwyn Plus in Beaver Lane, Ashford (TN23 5NX) (our alternative curriculum programme)                    

Travel Information:

Due to the location of the school, car driver is essential.

Description of vacancy

An Apprentice Teaching Assistant is required at Goldwyn School.  This post offers a unique opportunity to make a difference to students who are likely to have experienced little previous success within a school environment.  Goldwyn Students are of mixed and high ability (NC level 3-4 on entry) and as such are capable of achieving GCSE and other Level 2 qualifications in Year 11.

Purpose of job:

  • To support the class teacher in the teaching and welfare of children to ensure they attain the targets set under their individual educational programmes.
  • Assist teacher with learning activities ensuring health and safety and good behaviour of students.
  • Support the students in accessing learning activities as directed by the teacher to enable students’ progress towards their targets. Be aware of and support differences to ensure all students have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop.
  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety, security and confidentiality reporting all concerns to an appropriate person to ensure students’ wellbeing.
  • Ensure the maintenance of a clean, orderly and safe working environment making sure that equipment/resources/materials are set out on time and as per instructions received and used safely to enable students meet their learning targets.
  • Provide clerical/admin support (e.g. photocopying and display etc.) and undertake basic recording keeping in respect of student learning, behaviour management, child protection etc. as directed in order to support the teacher deliver the specific learning programmes set for each child.
  • Undertake training and other learning activities and attend relevant meetings (within contracted hours) as required to ensure own continuing professional development.
  • Contribute to the overall work/aims of the school and appreciate and support the role of colleagues and other professionals to enable the school fulfil its development plans etc.

Necessary Experience:

  • Previous experience of working with children.
  • Use basic technology (computer, video, photocopier)
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety, security, equal opportunities and confidentiality.

Scope for impact:

  • Teaching Assistants provide support to teachers and schools allowing qualified teachers to make even more effective use of their time, professional knowledge, skills and understanding.  TAs contribute to students’ learning and emotional well-being which will have a significant impact on students’ achievement.

Job context:

TAs will be expected to work effectively with individual students and/or small groups under the direction and supervision of a class teacher.  They will contribute to, and need to:

  • Demonstrate skills in, planning, monitoring, assessment and class management. TAs would also be expected to work as part of the school team and contribute to plans to ensure the school meets its aims.
  • The post holder must work within the relevant policies, codes of practice and legislation reporting any concerns to the relevant person.
  • The post holder must have good communication skills to be able to inform, persuade, inspire and motivate students and provide feedback to other professionals and parents as required.

Our offer is subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure and barring check, pre-employment health check and receipt of 2 satisfactory references. Good standard of general education together with good numeracy and literature skills.


£4.30 per hour minimum


37 hours per week, term time only (39 weeks per year)

Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm (includes half hour unpaid lunch break)

Time will be allocated during these working hours to complete learning from 3.00pm-4.30pm Monday to Friday .

20% paid time during working hours is given to complete training, referred to as “Off the Job Training”

Skills Required

  • Special Educational Needs experience would be preferable.
  • Good standard of written and spoken English.
  • Understanding of child protection and safeguarding.
  • Computer literate.

Personal Qualities

  • Calm
  • Understanding
  • Patient
  • Sense of humour
  • Resilience

Qualifications Received

Formal qualifications are not essential for this role, however, the post holder should have the ability to communicate effectively with children and adults, be able to empathise with children and work as part of a team.

Essential for the post holder to have GCSE grade 5 or above, (or equivalent) in Maths, English and Science or equivalent level of competency.

Training Provided

On the job training with the employer whilst working towards the Apprenticeship Standard – Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress.

Regular work based assessments/observations carried out by Kent Training & Apprenticeships Tutor Assessor, to determine competency and meet with Awarding Body standards.

Important Information

The employer has asked that you do not contact them direct. Doing so could jeopardise your application. You will be responsible for your travel expenses to and from your place of work. Therefore, you must have the means to get to your place of work on a daily basis whilst waiting for your first wages to be paid.

KT&A: Kent Training & Apprenticeships are part of Kent County Council and are a leading training organisation with nearly 30 years successful experience. KT&A specialise in high quality work-based training, delivered by qualified staff with personal experience of working in the skill area they teach.

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