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Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Paxman AcademyEssex



Pay Range: Local Government Scale 5, Point 8

Actual Salary from: £16,544

Start Date: As soon as possible

The Role:

We are seeking to appoint an HLTA to complement the professional work of teachers by taking responsibility for various programmes under an agreed system of supervision.

This may involve planning, preparing and delivering learning activities for individuals/groups or short term for whole classes and monitoring students and assessing, recording and reporting on students’ achievement, progress and development.

This post is 35 hours per week, 39 weeks per year – Term time (38 weeks) plus 1 week non-pupil days.

The daily working hours will be 08.30am-16.00pm Monday to Friday.

Safeguarding Responsibilities:

Demonstrate a commitment to keeping children and young people safe

• Report any disclosure made to the appropriate person

• Report any safeguarding concerns in the workplace to the appropriate person

• Maintain an awareness of the Trust policies in relation to safeguarding

The Sigma Trust is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our schools.

Key Responsibilities:

Support for Students

• Assess the needs of students and use detailed knowledge and specialist skills to support students’ learning

• Establish productive working relationships with students, acting as a role model and setting high expectations

• Promote the inclusion and acceptance of all students within the classroom

• Encourage students to interact and work co-operatively with others and engage all students in activities

• Provide feedback to students in relation to progress and achievement

• Develop and implement IEPs

Support for Teaching Staff

• Organise and manage appropriate learning environment and resources

• Provide objective and accurate feedback and reports as required on student achievement, progress and other matters, ensuring the availability of appropriate evidence

• Record progress and achievement in lessons/activities systematically and providing evidence of range and level of progress and attainment

• Work within an established discipline policy to anticipate and manage behaviour constructively, promoting self-control and independence

• Support the role of parents in students’ learning and contribute to/lead meetings with parents to provide constructive feedback on student progress/achievement etc.

• Produce lesson plans, worksheet, plans etc.

• Administer and assess/mark tests and invigilate exams/tests

Support for the School

Comply with and assist with the development of policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting concerns to an appropriate person

• Be aware of and support difference and ensure all students have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop

• Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school

• Establish constructive relationships and communicate with other agencies/professionals, in liaison with the teacher, to support achievement and progress of students


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

• Help students access specialist learning resources as required

• Keep up-to-date knowledge of the range of external agencies and opportunities that can be used to provide extra support for students


• To participate in the performance and development review process, taking personal responsibility for identification of learning, development and training opportunities in discussion with line manager

• To comply with individual responsibilities, in accordance with the role, for health & safety in the workplace

• Ensure all duties and services provided are in accordance with the trust’s Equal Opportunities Policy

We're looking for you if you have:

Successful recent experience working with children in a learning environment

• Working knowledge of general school policies and procedures

• Full working knowledge of ICT to support learning

• Good numeracy and literacy skills

• Excellent understanding of child development and learning processes

• Good time management and organisational skills

(The full details can be found in the attached Job Outline and Person Specification).

Why work for The Sigma Trust, Paxman Academy?

We Can Offer You:

A Competitive Salary

• Robust school CPD training programme that enables you to flourish

• Opportunities to work with colleagues across the Trust to share resources, ideas and build collaborative relationships

• Employee Benefits: Employee Assistance Programme, Pension Scheme, Cycle to Work Scheme and Discounted Gym Membership at selected local gyms

Additional Information:

For additional information about the Trust and this school, please visit our website

To Apply:

To apply for this post, please complete an application form, available from The Sigma Trust/this website and return it to quoting reference 707. Please read the Notes for Applicants document attached.

Closing date:  Midnight, Sunday 19th September 2021

Information about the School:

Paxman Academy opened in September 2019 and admitted 180 Year 7 students in the first year.

Paxman Academy is committed to providing an ordered, stimulating learning environment in which all students are encouraged to achieve their best. It is determined that all students should be valued through the provision of a broad, relevant, balanced and challenging curriculum that caters for individual needs; this is encouraged within an atmosphere of mutual respect. The Academy recognises its role within the broader community. It is determined to maintain a STEM focus throughout the curriculum and across extended learning opportunities. It identifies learning as a lifelong process and values the contribution made by parents and others to the creation of a partnership. Within this partnership, and through learning opportunities provided, students will develop skills, attitudes and values that prepare them to accept the challenges and responsibilities of adult life.

Paxman Academy embraces the values of The Sigma Trust to ensure that all students will fulfil their potential and transform life chances for all.

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