We are looking for a Higher Level Teaching Assistant to complement the professional work of teachers by taking responsibility for agreed activities under an agreed system of supervision.
This may involve planning, preparing and delivering learning activities for individuals/groups or short term for whole classes and monitoring students and assessing, recording and reporting on students' achievement, progress and development. Responsible for the management and development of a subject area within the academy and/or management of other teaching assistants including allocation and monitoring of work, appraisal and training.About Us
This is a very special time for our academy. In September 2019 we joined the Harris Federation which runs nearly 50 successful primary and secondary academies in London and Essex. The vast majority of Harris academies inspected by Ofsted have been rated 'outstanding'.
We always tell our students to 'enjoy being the best you can be'. At Harris Academy Ockendon, 'being the best' is neither a destination nor a moment in time, but it is a journey towards a consistent pattern of behaviour and attitudes which result in constant progress and achievement. We approach each day with determination and are relentless in our pursuit of excellence for our students and staff. We believe we have the power to transform our students' lives regardless of their ability, background, social status and life opportunities.
We have huge ambition and aspiration for every student, and our commitment to their success is combined with exceptional support. We strive to develop resilience in our students and the ability to be tenacious in their quest to 'Enjoy being the best they can be'. We draw out their individual talents and celebrate their personal achievements at every opportunity. We enable our students to explore interests beyond the classroom, develop a social conscience and create opportunities to allow them to have a broad understanding of the world.
Our values are deeply rooted in a belief that all students can succeed. To achieve this, learning and teaching, is at the heart of everything we do. Our staff are experts and focus on how students can be challenged and supported to achieve the very best they can academically, and to help them develop the transferable skills needed to build successful futures.
When you visit Harris Academy Ockendon you will notice that it is a welcoming, ambitious and creative place to learn, where students feel secure and happy. Harris Academy Ockendon is a place of high expectations. We create a culture and ethos that facilitates success. We aim for excellence and expect our students and their families to do the same.Main Areas of ResponsibilitySupport for Students
Support for Teachers
- Assess the needs of students and use detailed knowledge and specialist skills to support students' learning
- Establish productive working relationships with students, acting as a role model and setting high expectations
- Develop and implement IEPs
- Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all students within the classroom
- Support students consistently whilst recognising and responding to their individual needs
- Encourage students to interact and work co-operatively with others and engage all students in activities
- Promote independence and employ strategies to recognise and reward achievement of self-reliance
- Provide feedback to students in relation to progress, achievement, behaviour, attendance etc
Support for the Curriculum
- Within an agreed system of supervision and within a pre-determined lesson framework, teach small groups or whole groups.
- Provide detailed verbal and written feedback on lesson content, student responses to learning activities and student behaviour, to teachers and students.
- Motivate and progress students' learning by using clearly structured, interesting teaching and learning activities.
- Organise and manage appropriate learning environment and resources
- Within an agreed system of supervision, plan challenging teaching and learning objectives to evaluate and adjust lessons/work plans as appropriate.
- Monitor and evaluate student responses to learning activities through a range of assessment and monitoring strategies against pre-determined learning objectives.
- Provide objective and accurate feedback and reports as required on student achievement, progress and other matters, ensuring the availability of appropriate evidence.
- Record progress and achievement in lessons/activities systematically and providing evidence of range and level of progress and attainment.
- Work within an established discipline policy to anticipate and manage behaviour constructively, promoting self-control and independence.
- Supporting the role of parents in students' learning and contribute to/lead meetings with parents to provide constructive feedback on student progress/achievement etc.
- Administer and assess/mark tests and invigilate exams/tests.
- Production of lesson plans, worksheet, plans etc.
- Deliver learning activities to students within agreed system of supervision, adjusting activities according to student responses/needs.
- Deliver local and national learning strategies e.g. literacy, numeracy, KS3, early years and make effective use of opportunities provided by other learning activities to support the development of students' skills.
- Use ICT effectively to support learning activities and develop students' competence and independence in its use.
- Select and prepare resources necessary to lead learning activities, taking account of students' interests and language and cultural backgrounds.
- Advise on appropriate deployment and use of specialist aid/resources/equipment.
Qualifications & Training
- Experience working with children of relevant age
- Experience of working with students with additional needs
- Experience of delivering literacy and reading/writing recovery programmes
Knowledge & Skills
- Provide evidence of fulfilling the Higher Level Teaching Assistant standards and or ability and potential to fulfil them within the first 6 months of the role.
- Relevant qualifications that help demonstrate evidence towards the above
- Excellent numeracy/literacy skills - equivalent to at least NVQ Level 2 in English and Maths
- Hold relevant qualifications at A level or equivalent to at least NQF Level 3
- Evidence of specialism in specific curriculum areas or areas of particular learning difficulty
- Qualifications relevant to subject area they will be based in
- Meet Higher Level Teaching Assistant standards or equivalent qualification or experience
- Training in relevant learning strategies e.g. literacy
- Specialist skills/training in curriculum or learning area e.g. bi-lingual, sign language, ICT Qualifications and experience relevant to the subject area they will be based in
- Full working knowledge of relevant polices/codes of practice/legislation
- Working knowledge of national curriculum and other relevant learning programmes
- Understanding of principles of child development and learning processes and in particular, barriers to learning
- Ability to plan effective actions for students at risk of underachieving
- Understand range of support services/providers
- Ability to self-evaluate learning needs and actively seek learning opportunities
- Ability to relate well to children and adults
- Work constructively as part of a team, understanding classroom roles and responsibilities and your own position within these
- Shows a personal commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and rights of young people.
- Appreciates the significance of safeguarding and interprets this for all individual children and young people whatever their circumstances
- Can demonstrate an ability to contribute towards a safe environment
- Excellent interpersonal skills both in working relationship with young students and in forming effective professional relationships with a wide range of contacts including parents and families
- Enthusiasm, drive and a love for the job
- Committed to high personal standards at all times
- Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact us via e-mail, or call to arrange a conversation.
Before applying, please download the Job Pack for full details on the job responsibilities and person specification. You will need this when completing your application.
Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received and we reserve the right to offer to a candidate prior to the closing date. We only accept applications submitted online via our careers website and which are completed before the closing deadline. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible and advise you check the job information as per the listing on our careers site.Professional Development & Benefits
Our people are at the heart of our success. We have developed a strong culture of collaboration and best practice, with professional development and career planning at its centre. We invest in our staff with support, coaching, mentoring, and a wide range of top-quality training programmes delivered at every level to senior leadership.
We look for talented individuals who share our vision for creating exceptional places of learning, and are committed to ensuring that every child in London has access to the best possible education.
In addition to the opportunities for career progression, training and development, we also offer a competitive rewards and benefits package which includes our Harris Allowance, a Performance and Loyalty Bonus, Pension Scheme, a Wellbeing Cash Plan and many other benefits.Safeguarding Notice
The Harris Federation and all our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check will be completed for all applicants. Before applying, please review our Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders.Equal Opportunities
The Harris Federation is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates.
As a provider of employment and education, we value the diversity of our staff and students, and all our staff are equally valued and respected. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff.