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Teaching Assistant- Secondary Phase

Closing date
1 Nov 2021

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Salary Band
Annual, £10,000 - £14,999
Contract Type
Full Time
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Teaching Assistant- Secondary Phase

Ark John Keats is an exceptional school looking to hire exceptional people.

We are looking for ambitious and committed Teaching Assistants to join our Secondary team. In this role they will be responsible for:
  • Delivering small group interventions across the four broad areas of need.
  • Supporting pupils with learning and reaching personalised targets
  • Supervising pupils during breaks and ensuring that they are all safe and cared for
  • Supporting pupils to follow our high behavioural expectations
  • Working 1:1 with some pupils with additional needs, and lead on running interventions
  • Understanding the responsibility of safeguarding pupils and reporting any concerns to the safeguarding lead

In recruiting for a Teaching Assistant, we are seeking the following from applicants:
  • Good GCSEs and A Levels or the equivalent
  • Understanding of and alignment to our six pillars
  • High standards of professionalism
  • Courteousness
  • Showing initiative and the ability to be part of a team
  • Previous experience or desire to learn about working with vulnerable students and/or those with SEND and an understanding of the SEND Code of Practice (2015)

Our approach to pupils reaching their full potential with endless possibilities is deeply embedded into our school's ethos: every pupil will have the opportunity to achieve their goals, and this will enable them to attend any university, or pursue the career of their choice. For this to happen all staff are responsible for teaching, motivating, and supporting every pupil, regardless of their ability.

Amongst other monitoring and moderation methods, we use a data-driven approach whereby pupils are supported on a universal and/or more bespoke level by teachers and teaching assistants. We also ensure that some pupils are supported by external professionals' advice and suggestions where appropriate. Our teachers, as well as teaching assistants, all have an important role and responsibility in delivering high quality teaching and support, raising standards and expectations for all pupils in the school. As part of continuous professional development, all our teaching assistants receive appropriate training and guidance to enable them to develop confidence and skills.

We aspire for all our children to have the academic knowledge necessary to enable them to progress to university, for pupils to have a love of learning and a curiosity about the world, and for them to be polite, well-mannered young people who take responsibility for their choices and drive their own destinies.

Ark John Keats is part of Ark Schools, a hugely successful network serving pupils from deprived communities. Our network shares a belief in our six pillars:

High expectations: we have high expectations of ourselves and for what our children can achieve

Excellent teaching: great teaching is what transforms children's attainment and opens doors for the future.

Exemplary behaviour: children can and should be taught to behave well, following instructions first time, every time, without question.

Depth for breadth: with a curriculum that encompasses the best of what has been thought and said ensuring our pupils have the knowledge and cultural capital to thrive in the classroom and beyond.

Knowing every child: we get to know and care deeply about each of our pupils as individuals.

Always learning we expect pupils to always learn, but also for our staff to continually develop their professional expertise, supported by Ark's broad professional development offer.

At Ark John Keats, we believe in rigour - our curriculum is full of challenge, and we know that our children are intellectually resilient and capable of learning lots in every subject no matter what their starting point.

We believe in exemplary behaviour - we have sky high standards and support all children to reach these, by focusing on developing pupils' self-regulation, explicitly teaching pupils how to behave, and by working closely with families.

We believe in the limitless potential of all children - if children work hard, there are no limits to what they can achieve.

Joining Ark John Keats means being part of a kind and supportive team, who are always working hard to be even better. As a school, we make more time for professional development: 14 days of training across the year, dedicated CPD every Wednesday afternoon and regular individual coaching. As part of the Ark network, we also have access to training programmes to develop staff at all levels.

To apply please submit your application by 9am Friday 29th October 2021. In advance of applying please do explore our website and see our relevant phase briefings. For further information, technical queries regarding the application system or to arrange to discuss the role please contact us at or call us on 020 8443 311

For further information or to arrange to discuss the role please contact us at or call us on 0208443 3113

Closing date: 9am Friday 29th October 2021

Start Date: Asap

Salary: Ark Support Band 4, point 3 (Outer London) ranging from point 3 - 7: £21,408 - £22,992
Working Hours: 7.35am - 5pm or 8am-5.30pm (42 hours per week), 39 weeks per year

We value diversity and are committed to safeguarding and promoting child welfare. The successful candidate will be subject to DBS and any other relevant employment checks.
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