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Vacancy Details - Oldham College

Apprentice Teaching Assistant

We educate and nurture every child ensuring they acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful in the future, enabling them to make a positive contribution to their community.
We are committed to ensuring the best possible care and education for our children and are continually looking for ways to improve and develop what we do, in order to make our Academy the best it can possibly be. We ensure that we work in close partnership with parents, South Pennine Academies (our Academy sponsor) and the local community in order to achieve this.

To work under the guidance of designated teaching/senior staff and within an agreed system of supervision, to implement agreed work programmes with individuals/groups, in or out of the classroom. This could include those requiring knowledge in particular areas and will involve assisting the teacher in the whole planning cycle and the management/preparation of resources. Staff may also supervise whole classes occasionally during the short-term absence of teachers. The primary focus will be to maintain good order and to keep pupils on task, responding to questions and generally assisting pupils to undertake set activities.

Vacancy description:
1. Establish rapport and respectful, trusting relationships with pupils, acting as a role model and setting high expectations.

2. Promote inclusion and acceptance of all pupils in the classroom by encouraging them to interact with each other and to engage in activities led by the teacher.

3. Supervise, assist and support pupils including those with special needs, to access learning activities, through your knowledge of the curriculum and knowledge of how pupils learn.

4. The role may include supporting and implementing pupils’ personal programme, including social, health, physical, hygiene, and welfare matters. The pupil may also need assistance to access different area of the school. Following appropriate training and in line with school procedures, to administer basis first aid and/or medication as required.

5. Support the effective use of ICT in learning and develop pupils’ competence and independence in its use.

6. Contribute to the development and implementation of Individual Education Plans and Behaviour Plans.

7. Promote self esteem and independence, and employ strategies to recognise and reward achievement of self-reliance.

8. Provide specific feedback in discussion with pupil on their progress and achievement, in line with school policy.

KEY TASKS – Support for teachers

9. Promote positive values, attitudes and good pupil behaviour. Deal promptly with conflicts and incidents whilst encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their own behaviour, in line with established school policies.

10. Liaise sensitively and effectively with parents and carers as agreed with the teacher within your role/responsibilities and participate in feedback sessions/meetings with parents under direction from a teacher.

11. Work with the teacher to plan and implement lessons/activities, evaluating and adjusting lesson work/plans according to pupils’ learning styles and individual needs and to meet pre-determined learning objectives.

12. Contribute to the setting up and on-going delivery of local and national learning strategies, e.g. literacy, numeracy, KS3, early years (define those required) effectively utilising all alternative opportunities to support extended development of pupils’ skills.

13. Monitor and evaluate pupils’ responses to learning activities through observation and planned recording of achievement against pre-determined learning objectives. Provide objective and accurate feedback and reports as required on pupil achievement, progress, and other matters, ensuring availability of appropriate evidence.

14. Undertake routine marking of pupils’ work and accurately record achievement/progress using an explicit mark scheme that does not require interpretation. Invigilate tests and examinations as required.

15. Be responsible for keeping and updating records in a format agreed with the teacher, contributing to reviews/systems of records and systems as necessary.

16. Collate pupil reports in liaison with the teacher, inputting data as required.

17. Create and maintain an appropriate learning environment in liaison with the teacher.

18. Assist with the display of pupils’ work

19. Determine the need for, prepare and maintain general and specialist equipment and resources.

20. Provide clerical support for teachers, e.g. photocopying, filing, record keeping, collecting money, checking of deliveries and placing goods in stock and maintain records of stock; administering coursework, production of work sheets for agreed activities.

Desired skills:
• To build & maintain effective relationships with all pupils & colleagues
• To work with children at all levels regardless of specific individual need and to identify and address learning styles as appropriate
• To adapt your own approach in accordance with pupil needs and respond to changing school priorities.
• To develop out of school activities for pupils (ie sports clubs, drama, art, cooking etc)
• To liaise sensitively with parents and carers
• To promote a positive ethos and good role model
• Effective use of IT to support learning including basic first line problem solving such as paper jams, equipment not printing etc.

Desired personal qualities:
Able to relate well to children and adults.
The ability to work as part of a team

Desired qualifications
Maths and English GCSEs grades 9 – 4 (A-C or equivalent)

Training to be provided (Qualifications to be gained):
Cache Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.
Functional Skills English L2
Functional Skills Maths L2

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