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Language Assistant

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3 Nov 2021

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Polam Hall School - Darlington

Languages Assistant (Specialism German).

Post is term time only.

Posted: 1st October 2021

Closing date: 1st November 2021

Interviews held: w/c 8th November 2021

Start date: to be arranged (subject to satisfactory checks)

Hours: 7hrs per week - over 3 days (0.15 FTE)

Salary: £ 3,211 per annum (FTE £20,903).

Polam Hall School wishes to appoint an enthusiastic and experienced candidate to the following post:

Languages Assistant - with a specialism in German (French as an additional subject is desirable).

The successful candidate will be based in the Secondary phase of the school however there may be an opportunity to work across the school with Junior aged children.

We require a fluent German speaker and excellent communicator committed to helping pupils to develop their spoken fluency and written language from initial stages as well as to support with preparation for GCSE.

The ideal individual will be fluent in both spoken and written German (and English) and skills in spoken and written French will be an added bonus.

We require flexibility as there is a requirement to work both in lesson time and undertake after school tutoring.

The post requires the Languages Assistant to work under the direction of the Languages and Literature Faculty and in line with the needs of the class teacher to:-
  • support the delivery of learning for each pupil to enable them to reach their potential, working with individual pupils or small groups or within a whole class setting to support the delivery of high standards of teaching and learning and pupil progress.
  • actively uphold the values and ethos of the school in all interactions with pupils, and to model the behaviours expected of pupils.
  • respond to the specific learning needs of the pupil(s).
  • be proactive in managing pupil behaviour
  • undertake tutoring at lunch and after school as required.(any after school tutoring in addition to normal hours is paid separately)
  • Work across all secondary key stages.

A Level 3 Teaching Assistant (or teaching) qualification is desirable but not essential.

Qualifications / experience in supporting spoken and written German is essential and in French is desirable and candidates ideally will have experience of supporting children of secondary school age.

This is a 1 year fixed term post (in the first instance).

Our School:

Polam Hall School is a 4 - 16 all-through academy and is part of Woodard Academies Trust. We have over 720 pupils on roll, with two forms of entry in our Primary Phase and are moving to four forms in our Secondary Phase. Polam Hall is a school with a unique and long history which today is proud to be a fully comprehensive school serving the young people of Darlington. Our mission is to educate the whole child, developing leadership, compassion, character and academic ambition, through the combination of our Academic and Concordia Crescimus curricula. We have high expectations and aspirations for every member of our school community.

Polam Hall is a community where staff and students work together for common goals. We make every effort to develop our staff team, offering professional development opportunities and the chance to be part of a wider Trust, yet retaining the friendly atmosphere of a small school. We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic people to join our team, who have children at the heart of their practice and who will help us to drive forward our aim: to deliver an outstanding education to every single one of our pupils.

Visits to the school are welcome. If you would like to visit or to discuss the post further please contact Elizabeth Roberts Assistant Head of Faculty.

Please note you should use the supporting statement section of the application form to clearly evidence your ability to meet the requirements outlined in the person specification. The information in this section will be used to shortlist applicants for the role and therefore it is important that you provide enough detail to give a full picture of your skills and experience and what you can contribute to teaching and learning at Polam Hall.

Polam Hall School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
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