Teaching Assistant, Amersham, Buckinghamshire

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The BeaconAmersham, Buckinghamshire

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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Part Time / Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent

Teaching Assistant

Thank you for your interest in the position of Teaching Assistant, and I hope that the notes below give you a flavour of life here. 

Our friendly and caring Teaching Assistants support our class teachers and work as a cohesive team. We have two vacancies for September as follows:

Pre-Prep Section (Reception – Y2)

The hours would be 08:15 – 13.00, Monday to Friday each week (and ideally to 15.45 on the Friday), term time only plus attendance at six INSET days across the year. 

Lower School Section (Y3 and Y4) 

Monday and Wednesday 8.00 - 12.45

Tuesday and Friday 8.00 - 15.45

All our teaching assistants are part of a happy and flexible team where they may move classes and may change/work across Sections from time to time. Please ensure when applying that you indicate in your covering letter which of the two openings you are seeking.

These positions involve caring for and nurturing boys in a class and assisting the teacher in the delivery of the curriculum. Applications would be welcomed from experienced Teaching Assistants but we will also consider candidates with little or no experience. More than anything you should enjoy working with young children. 

Please have a look at school’s website www.beaconschool.co.uk for more general information, including the Safeguarding, Recruitment and Equalities policies.    

The Beacon is a remarkable school, and we seek remarkable people.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Will Phelps


Job Description

Role:    Teaching Assistant x 2

Hours:  Term time only with attendance at 6 full days of INSET a year. Full time or a combination of part-time hours are available.

Job Summary: To assist the Teacher in the provision of the curriculum in Pre-Prep and Lower School (Reception to Year 4)

Teaching Assistant

The successful applicant would be expected to work in a friendly and cohesive manner with colleagues in Pre-Prep and Lower School, contributing positively to the improvement of the school. 

The main areas of responsibility are:


To assist the Teacher with the delivery of lessons in line with the agreed curriculum and schemes of work in Pre-Prep and Lower School;

To assist the Teacher in the assessments of boys work in Pre-Prep and Lower School;

To work with groups of children in the class under the direction of the Teacher;

To assist the teacher with daily reading and administrative tasks and ensure that the boys’ work is presented and maintained in an organised, appropriate and accessible format;

To work closely in a team with other Teachers and Teaching Assistants, the Head of Department, the Heads of Section, and all members of the School Management Team;

To liaise with the Teacher and the staff in the Learning Support Centre to ensure that the needs of all boys with SEN are met;

To encourage and stimulate the boys to achieve excellence in all their endeavours and to expect high standards;

To assist the Teacher to provide a comfortable, stimulating and well-organised classroom environment, with a high standard of display work on notice boards;


To assist the Teacher in looking after the well-being and pastoral needs of the boys in their classes;

To reinforce the aims of the school;

To monitor closely the behaviour of the boys in the classes and deal with any inappropriate behaviour, in consultation with the Teacher and Head of Section if necessary;

To encourage and reward the boys for good behaviour, using a variety of different and appropriate methods;

To communicate effectively and regularly with the Teacher and other staff;

To liaise with the Teacher, and the Head of Section, where necessary, and to liaise with the School Counsellor, where necessary;

To maintain notes on pastoral issues in the electronic profiling system.


To work with the Teacher to ensure that all departmental requirements are being met;

To keep the Teacher informed of any issues arising concerning boys in the class;

To attend staff meetings, INSET sessions and other occasional training sessions that are relevant to the Pre-Prep and the Lower School;

To liaise with other Teaching Assistants and Teachers in Pre-Prep and Lower School in order to ensure effective continuity at the end of the year;

To review resources and ensure that stationery stock items are not running short. 

Additional Duties

To undertake break time and lunchtime duties on a rota basis;

To supervise boys during Assemblies;

To assist with the organisation and running of trips and events when necessary;

In all areas of school life, staff are expected to lead by example and demonstrate and uphold the values that we wish the boys to learn.


The role is to start in September 2018, and will only be confirmed subsequent to receipt of satisfactory references and DBS checks.

The school has in the past supported staff who have displayed a willingness to undertake to study and pass exams relating to the CACHE levels of qualification. 

Job location

More about The Beacon
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Primary
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Boys
Age Range: 4 - 13 years
Denomination: Church of England
Address: Amersham Road, Chesham Bois, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 5PF, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1494 433654
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