Apprentice Teaching Assistant

Apprentice Teaching Assistant

Post Location Aspire Academy Bexley

Position Status 18 month fixed term contract

Contractual Hours: 37 hrs

Contractual Weeks: 39

Closing Date: Monday 3rd October

London South East Academies Trust

London South East Academies Trust currently comprises eight schools, providing high quality education for 5-19-year olds across the boroughs of Bromley and Bexley. Our schools, all rated Good by Ofsted, include a mainstream primary alongside special and alternative provision.

Formerly known as Bromley Educational Trust, our expanding multi academy trust was renamed in 2016, reflecting our aim to develop excellent education across the wider region.

The Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Teaching Assistant to work as part of the whole staff team in managing and modifying the behaviour of children and young people and supporting them in their learning. Modelling appropriate social skills and supporting students in making the right choices, resolving conflict and developing thinking skills. Working collaboratively in the classroom with teaching staff to promote good learning habits and develop literacy and numeracy skills. Supervising pupils and engaging positively with them in both structured and unstructured times. Maintaining professional boundaries at all times and observing / upholding the values and ethos of the Trust whilst contributing to the overall vision of the organization.

Aspire Academy is a special school catering for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs aged 5-11 years. All pupils at aspire have an Educational Health Care Plan.

The Aspire Team is made up of Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Higher Level Teaching Assistants, Behaviour Learning Mentors, a drama therapist, attendance and safeguarding lead, office staff and Site Manager. All staff work together to ensure the school is a safe and happy learning environment where pupils feel supported, valued and receive the best possible education. The team is also supported by an external Speech Therapist, an Occupational Therapist, and not forgetting the school therapy dog 'Loki'.

Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will be looking to experience working effectively with disaffected pupils who display emotional and behavioural difficulties and/or on the autistic spectrum and to evidence progress and outcomes for those pupils in relation to academic and behavioural progress.

Benefits

The benefits package includes generous annual leave of 24 days (excluding bank holidays). There are excellent pension schemes, including employer contributions (Teachers' Pension Scheme, Local Government Pension Scheme or Nest). Staff also have access to employee assistance programme, free onsite parking, salary sacrifice cycle to work/ bike loan scheme, lease car scheme and annual season ticket loan.

As the Trust supports a number of children and vulnerable adults, all staff are exempt from Section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Accordingly, all staff will be subject to an 'Enhanced' DBS (formerly CRB) check, along with a Children's Barred List check if in regulated activity. Any offers of appointment may be withdrawn if these checks prove to be unsatisfactory to the Trust. Self-disclosure will be required as part of the recruitment process. If you fail to make a full disclosure or provide sight of your DBS certificate then your offer of employment is likely to be withdrawn. The Trust's DBS policy covers the recruitment of ex-offenders which is available upon request.