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Teaching Assistant

 

Cardrew Court School Teaching Assistant

The School

Cardrew Court School is a brand new, Independent, SEMH special school opening September 2024, in Redruth Cornwall. We are looking for excellent practitioners, preferably with experience within upper KS2 to KS4, who want to focus their support in a fully inclusive, therapeutic environment, tailored to meet individual need.

It is an exciting time for us, at the start of our school journey, therefore we are looking for dynamic, adaptable Teaching Assistants who want to make a difference to the lives and outcomes of pupils with SEMH needs.

Pupils attending the school will have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) outlining their Special Educational Needs – EHCP’s of commissioned places will include needs such as high anxiety, social and emotional mental health needs and autism. Many of these pupils will have found life in a mainstream school very challenging and will have experience of anxiety-based school refusal and/or of short-term placements in a range of alternative provisions.

Cardrew Court School will provide these pupils with a permanent placement in a school that is able to personalise the curriculum and wider support offer to ensure that their specific special educational needs (education, health and care) are understood and met, enabling them to learn, apply and develop specific strategies to facilitate them in participating in learning and preparing for life beyond school.

Cardrew Court School will offer a pupil centred curriculum that meets pupils at their stage and not simply their age. Curriculum overviews will apply the National Curriculum where at all possible, using this as an aspirational baseline, whilst also offering spiral curriculum pathways that allow for individual, small step success the moment a pupil starts at the school.

Cardrew Court School will provide tailored accreditation pathways supporting pupils who may have spiky learning profiles to make academic progress as well as benefit from the therapeutically informed programmes.

Vision

At Cardrew Court School we strive for all of our pupils to be successful learners who reach their potential in all they do; confident learners, who develop resilience and show respect to others, via kindness. Learners who become responsible citizens, well prepared for life and work via a range of independence skills, that enable them health and happiness within their future lives.

Ethos

At Cardrew Court School we believe that that education should take place in a fully inclusive environment that provides equitable opportunities for all. We believe that learning is the process by which pupils gradually acquire knowledge, concepts, skills, and attitudes to enable them to make greater sense of the world. Teaching and learning is central to our work as educators and it stems from the school’s vision statement based on the principles that every pupil deserves and has the right to-

Belong – We aim to provide a safe, positive learning environment where everyone feels they belong, building kind and respectful relationships.

Believe – We support all of our learners to believe in themselves, developing their confidence and resilience. To empower our learners to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Achieve Together we support every learner to ensure they reach their unique potential. This includes supporting pupils to achieve the accreditations for the next steps they have chosen on their journey to adulthood. We aim to support pupils to identify what makes them happy and equipping them with the knowledge and skills to lead an independent life in the future.

 

Curriculum Core Offer:

Cardrew Court school will provide an accreditation pathway for all of our learners. We will offer a core curriculum that can include English Language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This may include additional GCSEs linked to pupil interest which will be delivered by the staff team, working in partnership with other local providers. We will also offer alternative accreditations including ASDAN qualifications, Functional Skills, Entry-Level and BTEC’s. Learners may follow a combination of the accreditations to suit their strengths and future aspirations. All learners will have the opportunity to follow BTEC level 1 and 2 (or equivalent) Home Cooking, Art, Humanities & R.E topics, Personal Development, outdoor education programmes and Physical Education curriculum.

Therapeutic Offer:

The curriculum offer will be supported by therapeutic interventions, therapy informed practice, trauma informed practice – delivered via trained staff as part of quality first teaching and specific group and individual interventions.

The Application

Please see the application pack below for more details about this exciting post.

Prospective candidates are very welcome to arrange a telephone conversation with the Headteacher.To do so, please call 07775 076 721

The closing date for applications is Midday on 10th of June 2024. Interviews will be held W/C 17th of June 2024 in Redruth. Employment start date: 1st of September 2024.                                                                                                                         

Please send your completed forms to the school for the attention of Honorata Austin; office@cardrewcourt.org Applications should address the items included on the person specification and only candidates who meet the essential criteria will be shortlisted. 

The Interview Process

Candidates who are shortlisted for the position will be contacted by telephone call and this will be followed up with an e-mail.

  • In line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023, as part of the shortlisting process, the school may carry out an online search on shortlisted candidates
  • All interviews will be face to face and will explore the candidate’s suitability for the position.
  • Applications will be scrutinised and discrepancies or anomalies in work related history, experience and qualifications will be discussed at the interview stage.
  • Successful candidates will be required to achieve a full enhanced DBS disclosure and 2 satisfactory references.

Prepared by

  • Kerry Towers; Headteacher
  • Nicky England; School Business Manager

Cardrew Court School Teaching Assistant Job Description

Job title: Cardrew Court School Teaching Assistant

Salary: £20,104 (actual annual salary) pay award pending

Hours: Full Time

Contract type: Permanent

Reporting to: Headteacher / Senior Leadership Team; Class Teacher

Main Duties

 The Teaching Assistant will:

    • Work in partnership with class teachers to support the learning of a child with an Education, Health Care and Plan (EHCP), and other children as appropriate in line with National Curriculum, SEN code of practice and school policies and procedures.
    • Promote pupils’ independence, self-esteem and social inclusion
    • Give support to pupils, individually or in groups, so they can access the curriculum, take part in learning and experience a sense of achievement.

Duties and responsibilities

Teaching and learning

  • Demonstrate an informed and efficient approach to teaching and learning by adopting relevant strategies to support the work of the teacher and increase achievement of all.
  • Work in close collaboration with the class teacher, any specialist working with the child and the child’s parents/carer’s to ensure that the requirements of the child’s EHCP are met;
  • To be fully aware of the agreed outcomes, targets and agreed provision (as outlined in the child’s EHCP or other similar documents/reports).
  • Maintain any necessary records and collect evidence to track the effectiveness of provisions in place;
  • Review progress over time with the class teacher, any specialist working with the child/children and the child’s/children’s parents/carer
  • Ensure good links with other members of staff who are working to support the child/children;
  • Attend regular reviews and relevant school meetings as appropriate;
  • Promote, support and facilitate inclusion by encouraging participation of all pupils in all learning and extracurricular activities
  • Support the use of ICT in the classroom and develop pupil’s competence and independence in it’s use
  • To be fully aware of the pupil/pupils’ strengths, difficulties and barriers to learning working collaboratively with the Nurture Practitioner/s
  • Promote positive pupil behaviour in line with school policies and help keep pupil’s on task;
  • Participate in planning and evaluation of learning activities with the class teacher, providing feedback to the teacher on pupil progress, and behaviour,
  • Provide feedback to pupils’ in relation to attainment and progress under the guidance of the class teacher
  • To support learning by arranging/providing resources for lessons/activities under the direction of the class teacher
  • To attend where necessary personal needs including personnel care and help with social, welfare and health matters,
  • Support class teachers with maintaining good order and discipline among pupils, managing behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment
  • Organise and manage teaching space and resources to help maintain a stimulating and safe learning environment
  • Observe pupil performance and pass observations on to the class teacher
  • Supervise a class if the teacher is temporarily unavailable, also for limited and specified periods including break times
  • To assist with escorting pupils on educational visits
  • Undertake any other relevant duties, but not limited to Outdoor Education, Swimming, Educational visits

Planning

  • Contribute to effective assessment and planning by supporting the monitoring, recording and reporting of pupil performance and progress as appropriate to the level of the role
  • Read and understand lesson plans shared prior to lessons, if available
  • Prepare the classroom for lessons

Working with colleagues and other relevant professionals

  • Communicate effectively with other staff members and pupils, and with parents and carers under the direction of the class teacher
  • Communicate their knowledge and understanding of pupils to other school staff and education, health and social care professionals, so that informed decision making can take place on intervention and provision
  • With the class teacher, keep other professionals accurately informed of performance and progress or concerns they may have about the pupils they work with
  • Understand their role in order to be able to work collaboratively with classroom teachers and other colleagues, including specialist advisory teachers
  • Collaborate and work with colleagues and other relevant professionals within and beyond the school
  • Develop effective professional relationships with colleagues

Whole-school organisation, strategy and development

  • Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the school’s policies, practices and procedures, so as to support the school’s values and vision
  • Make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of the school

Health and safety

  • Promote the safety and wellbeing of pupils, and help to safeguard pupils’ well-being by following the requirements of Keeping Children Safe in Education and our school’s child protection policy
  • Look after children who are upset or have had accidents

Professional development

  • Help keep their own knowledge and understanding relevant and up-to-date by reflecting on their own practice, liaising with school leaders, and identifying relevant professional development to improve personal effectiveness
  • Take opportunities to build the appropriate skills, qualifications, and/or experience needed for the role, with support from the school
  • Take part in the school’s appraisal procedures

Personal and professional conduct

  • Uphold public trust in the education profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school
  • Have proper and professional regard for the ethos, policies and practices of the school, and maintain high standards of attendance and punctuality
  • Demonstrate positive attitudes, values and behaviours to develop and sustain effective relationships with the school community
  • Respect individual differences and cultural diversity

Teaching Assistants will be required to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and follow school policies and the staff code of conduct.

Please note that this is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the role. It is not a comprehensive list of all tasks that the teacher will carry out. The postholder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role, as directed by the headteacher or line manager.