Teaching Assistant, Wakefield

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Meadowcroft SchoolWakefield

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £17,510.00
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

No two days are the same here at Meadowcroft, so if you want to be part of a great team that works at pace to turn “can’t do” in to “want to” and are flexible to meet the challenges of working with children with complex needs then we have the role for you!

We are an independent specialist day school for boys and girls aged from 5 – 19 catering for children with a wide range of needs across two sites, Bar Lane and The Gallery located in the heart of Wakefield Town Centre.

The Role

Due to continued growth we require a qualified Teaching Assistant with the relevant experience, to support access to learning for students and provide general support to the class teacher and other education staff in the management of pupils and the learning environment.

Occasionally, work may be carried outside the main teaching area including off site locations.  It would be an advantage to have experience in planning and leading parts of lessons within the classroom setting.  The ability to contribute to the development of our school is essential and we believe that energy, passion and a commitment to high standards are key characteristics required.  We are looking for a special individual who is able to help re-engage the young people that we serve.  This is an opportunity for the successful candidate to develop their skills and experience in a challenging, motivating and highly rewarding environment.  

Purpose of the Job

To work under the direct instruction of an assigned teacher, usually in the designated learning environment with a teacher, to support access to learning for students and provide general support to the teacher in the management of pupils and the classroom.  Work may sometimes be undertaken outside the main teaching area - this may include off site locations including college settings. To lead small parts of lessons with a small number of students. To share the school’s responsibility to support and promote the learning, personal development and well-being of all students.

Key Result Areas 

To work under direct supervision/instruction to support access to learning by:

• Attending to the welfare and learning needs of students

• Working with and leading small groups or one to one


Hours for this position are 42.5 per week to be worked between 8:00am and 17.30 Monday to Friday and includes Staff Meetings, but you are expected to work on other days or at other hours when the volume and nature of your work demands this and as are reasonably necessary for the proper performance of your duties and proper functioning of the school.

It is essential that you have a deeply held conviction that every child can achieve to their highest standard and that you show a commitment to ensuring that the students will achieve their full educational potential. Additionally, you will need to be able to establish fair, respectful, trusting, supportive and constructive relationships with the students, interact with them according to their individual needs and ensure equality of opportunity for all.

When you join our team, you become part of something very special. The Acorn group is a family of outstanding fostering, residential care and special educational services which provides to some of Britain’s most vulnerable children and young people. We can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Meadowcroft is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and vulnerable people in our care. Successful applicants will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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More about Meadowcroft School
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 5 - 19 years
Address: 24 Bar Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 4AD, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1924 366242
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Meadowcroft School is a unique special educational needs provision dedicated to ensuring successful outcomes for the most reluctant & troubled learners. The dedicated staff team work tirelessly with pupils who arrive with a distorted view of...