Job Title: Teaching Assistant
Reports to: Vice Principal/ Assistant Head of School
We believe that the values that we embody empower young people to succeed, these are the values we are looking for when we seek staff.
We recognise that when we work together effectively we are stronger and more consistent.
Consider the consequences of my decisions, large and small on those around me.
Everybody in treated fairly and equally no one is marginalised or left behind.
We will ensure that we have due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others in every action we take.
It is our intention to stay constructive, optimistic and confident both for and with our young people and their families.
Main purpose of the Role:
To assist the delivery of outstanding lessons, leading to significant progression and attainment for all pupils.
To actively implement the school’s behaviour policy and systems in order to assist the delivery of outstanding education to our students.
Work with class teachers to raise the learning and attainment of pupils
Promote pupils’ independence, self-esteem and social inclusion
Give support to pupils, individually or in groups, so they can access the curriculum, take part in learning and experience a sense of achievement
Duties and responsibilities
Teaching and learning
Demonstrate an informed and efficient approach to teaching and learning by adopting relevant strategies to support the work of the teacher and increase participation and achievement of all pupils
Promote, support and facilitate inclusion by encouraging participation of all pupils in learning and extracurricular activities
Use effective behaviour management strategies consistently in line with the school’s policy and procedures
Support class teachers with maintaining good order and discipline among pupils, managing behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment
In collaboration with the Class Teacher, organise and manage teaching space and resources to help maintain a stimulating and safe learning environment
Observe pupil performance and pass observations on to the class teacher
Supervise a class if the teacher is temporarily unavailable
Where applicable, use ICT skills to advance pupils’ learning
Undertake any other relevant duties given by the class teacher, or Senior Leadership Team
Support pupils across the school
Encourage appropriate social behaviour, during school hours both in and out of school and cater for the general welfare of children;
Accompany children on educational visits under the direction of the Teacher;
Make, devise and maintain equipment as required, ensuring that the classroom is kept in a clean and tidy condition;
Contribute to effective assessment and planning by supporting the monitoring, recording and reporting of pupil performance and progress as appropriate to the level of the role
Read and understand lesson plans shared prior to lessons, if available
Understand the cohort and plan accordingly
Prepare the classroom for lessons
Working with colleagues and other relevant professionals
Communicate effectively with other staff members and pupils, and with parents and carers under the direction of the class teacher/ SLT
Communicate their knowledge and understanding of pupils to other school staff and education, health and social care professionals, so that informed decision making can take place on intervention and provision
With the class teacher, keep other professionals accurately informed of performance and progress or concerns they may have about the pupils they work with
Understand their role in order to be able to work collaboratively with classroom teachers and other colleagues, including specialist advisory teachers
Collaborate and work with colleagues and other relevant professionals within and beyond the school
Develop effective professional relationships with colleagues
Report behaviour or change to behaviour at Briefing/ Debriefing
Whole-school organisation, strategy and development
Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the school’s Five Year Plan, policies, practices and procedures, so as to support the school’s values and vision
Make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of the school
Health and safety
Promote the safety and wellbeing of pupils, and help to safeguard pupils’ well-being by following the requirements of Keeping Children Safe in Education and our school’s child protection policy
For lone working, ensure that you have read the appropriate policy
Keep yourself safe
Help keep own knowledge and understanding relevant and up-to-date by reflecting on own practice, liaising with school leaders, and identifying relevant professional development to improve personal effectiveness
Take opportunities to build the appropriate skills, qualifications, and/or experience needed for the role, with support from the school
Take part in the school’s appraisal procedures
Personal and professional conduct
Uphold public trust in the education profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school
Have proper and professional regard for the ethos, policies and practices of the school, and maintain high standards of attendance and punctuality
Demonstrate Wave’s Values, to develop and sustain effective relationships with the school community
Respect individual differences and cultural diversity
The Teaching Assistant will be required to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people, and follow school policies and the staff code of conduct.
Please note that this is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the role. It is not a comprehensive list of all tasks carried out. The postholder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role, as directed by the Principal, SLT or line manager.