Contract type: 1-year fixed term contract, part time, term time only (36 weeks per year).
Salary: £18,135 pa/£9.30 per hour
Days/Hours of work: Monday to Friday
Accountability: This post is accountable to the Deputy Head of the Junior School
Start date: 1st September 2021
The school day, including after school club, runs between 07.45-18.00 TA hours may vary within this time frame.
Guildford High Junior School is a lively, vibrant place where girls blossom personally, intellectually and socially. Open any classroom door and you will find happy pupils who are fascinated by the topics they are learning. We welcome girls from the age of four to eleven (when they progress naturally to Senior School) and provide a nurturing, stimulating environment as they take their first exciting steps into school life.
The Teaching Assistant team works closely with form and subject teachers in assisting to provide a caring and stimulating environment for the girls in the school.
The responsibilities will vary according to the needs of specific pupils or the form you are working with. These are full time positions during term time, Monday to Friday.
During lessons, the Teaching Assistant’s time will be spent assisting teachers as directed and agreed with individual teachers, according to the needs of the children. This is an interesting and varied position, and you can expect your core role to include:
* Supervision of girls as they arrive at school from 7.45am
* Assisting the teacher as directed: this will include listening to pupils read and supporting the learning of individual and small groups of pupils
* Assisting the teacher with the observation and assessment of children and assist with record keeping as appropriate
* Discussing the welfare of the children in the form and help devise strategies for providing help where needed
* Assisting the teacher with the preparation of materials and resources for lessons and maintain resources in good order
* Assisting the teacher with the planning and compilation of displays and the provision of resources for creative activities
* Supervising girls during break and lunch times
* Accompanying girls on school visits and to be responsible for a small group of these girls.
There is the opportunity for the role to extend beyond the school day, with the after-school club, where you will:
* Prepare the after-school care area and keep tidy
* Supervise girls for the duration of their time in ASC, ensuring they are safe
* Maintain a register of girls attending
* Help serve and clear tea and support constructive play and pupil leisure time
* Ensure the collection of girls is by an authorised adult.
This is a great chance to apply the skills you have learnt during your own education in a ‘live’ role and learn new ones. You will participate in training opportunities, witness outstanding classroom practice and be supported in helping to deliver a vibrant and caring environment for our pupils.
Whether you are already a TA or looking for somewhere to provide you with fantastic grounding for a future career in teaching or looking for something positive to do with a GAP year (and still benefit from the school holidays!), it will give you the chance to work in one of the most successful prep schools in the country, alongside hugely talented teachers and support staff. The work will bring you into contact with staff, parents and pupils throughout the junior school, so you will be constantly developing your interpersonal skills.
If you accept the challenge you will have the opportunity to inspire and be inspired!
We are seeking applicants who are keen to contribute to providing an inspiring education. You will be flexible, energetic and passionate about providing the best educational experiences. You will be keen to take advantage of the learning opportunities available to you and relish the chance to take part in all aspects school life, both curricular and extra-curricular. Above all you will want to be that TA the girls will never forget … for all the right reasons!
The following academic achievements will be necessary:
GCSEs: English Language and Mathematics GCSE Grade C/level 5+
In terms of experience we will be looking for evidence of a positive child-centred ethos and/or some experience of working with young people.
You will already have great skills in oral and written English, be good at listening, confident in the use of ICT and possess great organisational skills. You will have the ability to communicate warmly, confidently and professionally with pupils, staff and parents. You must have a commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and we will provide you with training in this.
Applicants will already need to have the legal right to work and reside in the UK and, if short-listed, be able to attend an interview at the school subject to the current social distancing measures.
A range of benefits are offered including discounted cinema tickets, retail discounts, staff development, contributory pension scheme, cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers, car lease scheme, discounted gym memberships, health and dental plans.
Applicants selected for interview will be informed within 10 days of the closing date for application. We do endeavour to respond to all applications; however, applicants who have not heard from the School by this time must assume that, on this occasion, their application has been unsuccessful.
Short-listed candidates will need to bring proof of their qualifications and their right to work in the UK to interview and be aware that references will be requested prior to interview.
Closing date: 09.00 on Friday 14th May 2021 Interview date: Thursday 20th May 2021
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