Teaching Assistant Level 1 Job at Delta Academies Trust – in Leeds
Purpose of the job:
Garforth Academy are looking to appoint a Teaching Assistant to join our academy team in October 2021 on a temporary basis.
As a successful and dynamic Academy, Garforth is an exciting place to learn and a great place to work. If you choose to come and join us, you will become part of a well-established, talented and committed team of staff.
With nearly 2000 students aged between 11 and 18 Garforth Academy is a busy and vibrant place. The academy serves a predominantly urban catchment area, which includes Garforth, Kippax, Aberford, Micklefield, Swillington and Colton among others. We are a large and oversubscribed academy, and we pride ourselves on knowing our students well and doing our best to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
In your new role you will work under the direct instruction of teacher/support staff, usually in a classroom with the teacher. To support access to learning for pupils and provide general support to the teacher in the management of pupils and the classroom.
If you feel you have the necessary skills and experience required for this position then we would very much like to hear from you.
Why join our academy?
Our staff are talented, enthusiastic and strive to deliver innovative learning experiences to our young people. They also enrich, guide and support our students to ensure they are fully prepared and equipped to enter the competitive world of work or further studies. We pride ourselves on providing our students with the knowledge, skills and resilience to achieve the highest possible standards academically, socially and personally.
We have a staff rewards budget that encourages staff to socialise both as subject teams and as a whole staff. We also have access to a staff benefits scheme. At Garforth, we value the continuous professional development of all our employees and recognise that our staff and students are most successful when they feel happy, valued, challenged and supported to achieve their very best. We have a comprehensive CPD programme for all our staff.
In 2020 our outcomes at both KS4 and KS5 were again well above national expectations in both attainment and progress and a huge variety of extra-curricular activities were available to our students from after school clubs to day trips, to sports/musical events, Duke of Edinburgh weekends to week long residentials abroad.
We are confident our Academy provides a fantastic teaching environment, whether you are beginning your career or looking to further develop it, and we would encourage you to come and see for yourself! This is a fantastic opportunity to join an outstanding team within a high-performing multi academy trust with exciting career prospects for successful applicants.
Please contact the academy on 01132 127127 if you would like to discuss this role.
Support the pupil by:
- Undertaking the activities with either individuals or groups of children to ensure their safety and facilitate their physical, emotional and educational development.
- Carrying out pre-determined educational activities and work programmes whilst promoting independent learning.
- Establishing good relationships with pupils and acting as a role model.
- Working to establish a supportive relationship with the children and parents concerned.
- Encouraging acceptance and inclusion of the child with special needs.
- Promoting and reinforcing the child’s self-esteem.
Support the Teacher by:
- Monitoring individual children’s needs and reporting these to their designated supervisor as appropriate.
- Being aware of issues around pupil progress and achievement and reporting to the teacher as agreed.
- Keep such records of the children’s development as are required by the Academy.
- Assisting teaching staff in the planning of work programmes for individuals and groups of children.
- Provide support to the teacher in the delivery of local and national teaching strategies.
- Supporting teaching staff in the carrying out of home visits.
- Assisting the teaching staff in the smooth transition between educational phases.
Support the Academy by:
- To be aware of confidential issues to home/pupil/teacher/school work and to keep confidence as appropriate.
- To ensure strict confidentiality in all areas of work.
- To work and process personal and sensitive information in accordance with Data Protection Act 2018 including the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) 2018.
- To ensure work is conducted in a way that protects the safety and security of information (e.g. strong passwords, reporting breaches, securing paper records, securely disposing of records).
- To understand and comply with the statutory guidance regarding safeguarding of children, ensuring the safeguarding and promotion of children’s welfare at all times, reporting any concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Officer immediately.
- To comply with the Trust and academy’s policies and procedures at all times.
Any special conditions of service
- There is a requirement to undergo an enhanced DBS check
- Term time working
- There may be a need occasionally to work outside of normal academy hours and/or off premises following appropriate consultation and notice.
To undertake other reasonable duties (with competence and experience) as requested, in accordance with the changing needs of the organisation.
This job description may be subject to change, following consultation between the post holder and the Academy.
The Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of its students and the successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service certificate and checks of the relevant barred list / prohibition lists.
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Experience and Knowledge
Key: A = Application, I = Interview And Assessment, R = Reference, C = Certificate
A good standard of education particularly in Maths and English (A/C)
- To be aware of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection (A/I)
- Participate in development and training opportunities (A/I)
- Good communication skills both oral and written (A/I/R)
- Use basic technology – computer, video, photocopier (A/I)
- Ability to build positive relationships with all stakeholders (A/I)
- Ability to work constructively as part of a team (A/I/R)
- Commitment to self and team development (A/I)
- Work in ways that promote equality of opportunity, participation, diversity and responsibility (A/I)
- A commitment to abide by and promote the Academy’s Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Child Protection Policies (A/I)
- A professional responsibility to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people (A/I)
- The post holder will require an enhanced DBS with barred list (C)
Working with or caring for children of relevant age (A/I)
- Understanding classroom roles and responsibilities and your own position within these (A/I)
- Appropriate knowledge of first aid (A)
- Previous experience of working with young people preferably in a school setting (A/I)
- Completion of DfES Teacher Assistant Induction Programme or equivalent (A/C)
Job Type: Full-time
Company: Delta Academies Trust –
Company Location: Leeds