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Job Ref No. ECC2015-149 Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: Scale 3
Position Start Date: 01/09/2022 Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 04/07/2022 Midday Date of Interviews: w/c 11th July  

Job Description

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Brightside Primary School lives and breathes our 6 values; Teamwork, Determination, Enthusiasm, Individuality, Respect and Honesty.

Are you kind, caring and committed to supporting pupils to flourish? Do you believe that all pupils have the right to achieve their potential whatever their need or ability? Then we would love to hear from you!

At Brightside Primary School, our Teaching and Learning Support Assistants are valuable members of our support staff team. Directed by the class teacher and/ or SLT, they are responsible for supporting and facilitating learning in 1:1 or small group sessions to help children make progress towards their targets based on their needs.

This role requires excellent relationships with the children you work with, as well as a flexible approach to ensure that identified children are supported in the way most appropriate for their needs under the direction of the class teacher or Inclusion team.

Hours of work

Monday - Friday AM, 15hrs per week

Scale3 point 4

Closing date:4th July 2022

Shortlisting:6th July 2022

Interviews to take place:w/c 11th JUly 2022

For further information or to arrange a visit to our school, applicants are encouraged to contact the school's business manager Diane Gardner on 01277655995 or

The school is committed to safeguarding and promotes the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to support this commitment.

JOB DESCRIPTION - Teaching Assistant / Learning Support Assistant

Responsible to: Inclusion Manager(s) / Deputy Headteacher / Headteacher

Purpose of Job:

To work in partnership with class teachers to support learning in line with the national curriculum, codes of practice and school policies and procedures.
To provide support to pupils in a particular curriculum area across the school or support pupils with severe learning, behavioural, communication, social, sensory or physical difficulties.


· Take an active role in the preparation, maintenance and control of stocks of materials and resources

· Working with individuals or small groups of children under the direction of teaching staff

· Understand specific learning needs and styles and provide differentiated support to pupils individually and within a group

· Implement planned learning activities/teaching programmes as agreed with the teacher, adjusting activities according to pupils' responses as appropriate

· Establish positive relationships with pupils supported

· Provide feedback to pupils in relation to attainment and progress under the guidance of the teacher

· Support pupils with activities which support literacy and numeracy skills

· Support the use of ICT in the classroom and develop pupils' competence and independence in its use

· To be involved in planning, organising and implementing Statement plans or EHCPs, including attendance at, and contribution to, reviews

· Promote the inclusion and acceptance of children with special needs within the classroom ensuring access to lessons and their content through appropriate clarification, explanation and resources

· Promote positive pupil behaviour in line with school policies and help keep pupils on task

· Participate in planning and evaluation of learning activities with the teacher, writing reports and records as required

· Monitor and record pupil responses and learning achievements, drawing any problems which cannot be resolved easily to the attention of the teacher

· Support learning by selecting appropriate resources/methods to facilitate agreed learning activities

· Attend to pupils' personal needs including help with social, welfare and health matters, including minor first aid.

· Liaise with staff and other relevant professionals and provide information about pupils as appropriate

· To assist with the display and presentation of pupils' work

· To supervise pupils for limited and specified periods including break-times when the postholder should facilitate games and activities

To assist with escorting pupils on educational visits


To understand and apply school policies in relation to health, safety and welfare
Attend relevant training and take responsibility for own development
Attend relevant school meetings as required
To respect confidentiality at all times
To participate in the performance and development review process, taking personal responsibility for identification of learning, development and training opportunities in discussion with line manager.
To comply with individual responsibilities, in accordance with the role, for health & safety in the workplace
Ensure that all duties and services provided are in accordance with the School's Equal Opportunities Policy
The Governing Body is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.

Other Activities

To carry out any other duties reasonably requested by the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher.

The duties may be varied to meet changed circumstances in a manner compatible with the post held, at the reasonable direction of the Headteacher.

This job description does not form part of the contract of employment. It describes the way in which the learning support assistant is expected and required to perform and complete the particular duties as set out above.

Person Specification - Teaching Assistant/Learning Support Assistant

Essential Criteria:

Qualifications, Training and Experience

· Successful experience working with children in a school/early years environment

Educated to NVQ Level 2 in learning support/early years, NNEB or equivalent qualification/experience

· Completion of DCSF induction programme

· Basic knowledge of First Aid and understanding of the School

· Good speaking, reading and writing skills

· Good numeracy skills

· Knowledge of basic ICT to support learning


· Ability to write basic reports

· Ability to use clear language to communicate information unambiguously

· Ability to listen effectively

· Overcome communication barriers with children and adults

· Consult with children and their families and carers and other adults

Working With Children

· Understand and implement the school's behaviour management policy

· Ability to understand and support children with developmental difficulty or disability

· Good understanding of the school curriculum

· Knowledge of literacy/numeracy strategies

· Good understanding of the general aspect of child development

· Ability to assess progress and performance

· Understand and support the importance of physical and emotional wellbeing

Working with Others

· Understand the role of others working in and with the school

· Understand and value the role of parents and carers in supporting children

· Ability to establish rapport and respectful and trusting relationships with children, their families and carers and other adults

· Ability to work effectively with a range of adults

· Know when, how and with whom to share information

· Ability to follow instructions accurately


· Good organisational skills

· Ability to remain calm under pressure

· Ability to support the work of volunteers and other teaching assistants in the classroom

· Ability to manage own time effectively

· Demonstrate creativity and an ability to resolve routine problems independently


· Awareness of and commitment to equality

· Basic understanding of Health & Safety

· Understand and implement child protection procedures

· Understand procedures and legislation relating to confidentiality

· Be prepared to develop and learn in the role

Desirable Criteria:

Willingness to participate fully in the life of the school

Information about the School

Brightside Primary school lives and breathes our 6 values; Teamwork, Determination, Enthusiasm, Individuality, Respect and Honesty. If you believe you can live these values and be a part of our team we cant wait to hear from you

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.

Information about the school

Contact Information

Diane Gardner
Brightside Primary School
Brightside, Billericay
Essex, CM12 0LE
Telephone: 01277 655995

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