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Specialist Teaching Assistant - Alternative Provision

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John Clifford School
Closing Date: 9am, Monday 6th June 2022


The White Hills Park Trust wish to appoint for September 2022 a
Specialist Teaching Assistant to manage the provision of our new Alternative Provision
based at John Clifford School
Fixed Term until August 2025 with a view to extending further subject to funding
32.5 hours per week, term-time only
JE Grade 4, Pt 8 - 14 | £20,852 to £23,484 Full Time Equivalent | Actual Salary: £17,776 to £20,020

Are you looking for a school where:

  • Children appreciate the care and nurture that talented staff provide.
  • The ethos, ‘Together we will be successful’ is shared by all.
  • There is great challenge particularly to consistently raise attainment and narrow gaps.
  • Community involvement is at the heart of the school’s mission.

John Clifford School is launching a new Alternative Provision Unit for a small cohort of children from our school and local partner schools.

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic, committed teaching assistant with experience of working with young people with specific needs in either a specialist or mainstream setting. This will be a new provision that seeks to lead on high quality teaching across the core areas as well as providing a focus on nurture, social and emotional skills and therapeutic supports.

We can offer you:

  • The chance to work with diverse groups of learners.
  • A wide variety of induction, mentoring and support.
  • Bespoke and individual coaching to meet your needs.
  • A vibrant staff and governor team who work hard but also have fun.
  • A close supportive partnership with our local community.

We are looking for an individual who can demonstrate:

  • The ability to work in a small team to make a positive contribution to the lives of children who find mainstream education a challenge.
  • The desire to forge and build trusting relationships with children, parents and carers, professional colleagues and outside agents.
  • A knowledge of a broad curriculum that will support bespoke packages offered to children.
  • The motivation and desire to learn and improve both independently and from others.
  • A commitment to make a difference to diverse learners from across our schools.
  • Consistent high-quality learning opportunities.

The APU is scheduled to open in January 2023, however the successful applicant will be appointed to John Clifford School from 1st September in order to immerse themselves fully within the school, its ethos and vision and to work alongside staff and children in the development of this exciting project. The appointee will work as part of a team to develop policy and create a curriculum in readiness for the opening of the APU. They will attend local meetings and meet with professionals in support of admission and providing bespoke needs.

This position is ideal for a qualified and experienced teaching assistant, looking for a unique opportunity to gain experience in supporting individual needs, working with professional agents and gaining a developing insight into management and leadership.

This opportunity is open to full and part time members of staff and will be paid on a pro rata basis.

If you would like to find out more about the position please contact Janine Waring (Headteacher): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visits to the school are essential and can be arranged with the School Office on 0115 9258057. 
Please note that school will be closed during the week commencing Monday 30th May 2022 for the half-term break.

All posts in our school, unless stated otherwise, are suitable for a job share arrangement.

The closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 6th June 2022
Interview date is to be confirmed.

Further details and forms for application are available to download via the attachments below:

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Please return all completed forms via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information about the school can be found on their website:

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The White Hills Park Trust welcomes applications from all; irrespective of gender, marital status, disability, race, age or sexual orientation for posts within Educational Settings.

The Trust is a Pathfinder for the Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education and expects all leaders in the Trust to embody these values in their daily work.

The Trust is an equal opportunities employer, committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children. Successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and checks will be made with past employers, on all vacancies.

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