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Parkfield School

Hurn, Christchurch

Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
Apply by:
1 December 2017

Job overview


Job Description – Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) 

Job Title:   Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) English (KS4)

Reports to:  SENDCo 

Purpose of the Job   

· To work under the direction of the SENDCo as part of the Learning Support Team in supporting and including students with specific learning needs. 

Key responsibilities 

To be the Teaching Assistant (TA) supporting departments as required: 

· assist with the planning and preparation of lessons for English at KS4

· prepare resources for learning activities in accordance with lesson plans in response to students’ needs within English 

· support students in lessons, small groups and 1:1, enable students with specific learning needs to access their curriculum 

· monitor and evaluate students’ progress within English department and suggest interventions as required 

· assess student responses to learning tasks and, where appropriate, modify tasks to meet the students’ needs and advise the teacher 

· use specialist knowledge and experience to support students’ learning 

· undertake administrative tasks at the direction of the SENDCo, including assisting with routine student testing 

· promote student independence and develop students’ confidence and self-esteem 

· act as reader/scribe/invigilator for students with exam access arrangements 

· be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection; and report all concerns to an appropriate person. 

Supporting the school

· Where appropriate, to foster links between home and school

· To liaise, advise and consult with other members of the SEN team

· To contribute to Annual Review meetings, as appropriate

· To participate in relevant professional development

· To be aware of/follow school policies and procedures

· To maintain confidentiality about home-school/pupil-teacher/school matters

· To attend meetings with staff and parents, e.g. weekly after-school meetings, parent evenings, curriculum nights, in-service training days and school-related trips.

Other duties

· Play a full part in the life of the school community; support the school’s priorities and ethos and encourage staff and students to follow this example.

· Undertake personal professional development activities, as agreed with the

· Assistant Principal (CPD).

· Undertake any other responsibilities as reasonably requested by the Principal.

General Accountabilities:

The governing body is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all young people and expects all staff to share that commitment. The post will be dependent on a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) record check and acceptable


Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities for the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified, especially in the context of a new and growing school which requires flexibility in all of its employees.

Knowledge, experience and training 

· Experience of working with or caring for young people of the relevant age 

· Good numeracy and literacy skills

· Ability to work as part of a team. 

Please Note: 

The duties and responsibilities listed above are not exhaustive and the postholder may be requested to undertake other tasks on occasion. The postholder is expected to accept any reasonable alterations that may from time to time be necessary.


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About Parkfield School

Parkfield School is an all-through (age 4 to 16) co-educational school offering a fresh approach and choice that allows pupils to discover learning, unlock their potential, find their place in their community and play their part in society.

Parkfield School offers a positive, safe learning environment for its community, in which everyone has equal and individual recognition and respect. We celebrate success and are committed to the continuous improvement and fulfilment of potential in every student regardless of their ability.

We encourage increasing independence and self-discipline amongst the students helping them to develop the skills that they need to become lifelong learners. Everyone within the school has an important role to play in sharing responsibility for the development of positive behaviour and attitudes.

We will prepare them for a successful transition into further education, training or employment when they leave school. The school has a PAN of 784.

Reach South is a young and developing Trust which operates across the South West of England with the aim of delivering all through 3-19 education. We operate 14 academies in Plymouth, Bournemouth, Dorset and Wiltshire. We are building this Trust on a clear set of values, behaviours and curriculum principles. At the heart of those values and principles is a belief in our young people and a determination to support them to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become the successful citizens for today and all of their tomorrows.

Our core business is delivering exceptional education for children and young people with a mission to help all pupils aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others put on them. We do this through the development of a talented and committed workforce. In order to deliver exceptional opportunities for learning, we need highly motivated staff across all parts of the organisation.

Teachers within Reach South belong to a national community of professionals, and benefit from a wide range of networks and development opportunities across the Trust. In time, our best teachers are able to work across schools, develop specialisms and step up to leadership roles within and beyond their own academy. The Trust provides a strong culture of collaboration and support, together with high expectations for staff and pupils alike.

Those we recruit are able to demonstrate that they share our values, are highly motivated to work with colleagues, within and beyond their school, to continuously develop their skills and pursue professional excellence.

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