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Higher Level Teaching Assistant

New Barn SchoolWest Berkshire

Job Title: Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Salary: £18322.08

Location: New Barn School, Newbury, Berkshire.

Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30-4.30

Contract: Permanent


If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We’re looking for Higher Level Teaching assistants to join our team at New Barn School based in Newbury, Berkshire. Someone who is motivated by helping others, patient and resilient would be perfect for this role.


About the School

The New Barn is an Ofsted ‘Good’ rated School. It offers a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum to boys and girls, aged 16 – 19 years who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health complexities. New Barn School takes full advantage of its beautiful settings and fosters a love for using the outdoor curriculum including forest school, farm experiences and horse riding.  The School is within a commutable distance of Swindon, Oxford, Andover, Basingstoke and Reading and other surrounding towns and villages. 

Outcome First Group Children’s Services is a national provider of specialist therapeutic children’s homes and schools for boys and girls with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH). Our services offer a stable, secure and supportive environment, in which the children and young people we care for can develop the skills and confidence necessary to help them fulfil their potential.


Who are we looking for?

Do you want a rewarding Career? To make a positive difference to young people and their lives? Are you patient, empathetic, resilient and supportive? If you have answered yes - we want you!

We have an exciting and challenging opportunity for a Higher, Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) to join the supportive team.

We want each young person at New Barn School to achieve their own ambitions and to live fulfilling and productive lives. Therefore, you will be required to use your specialist knowledge and experience to support and assist the class teacher, whilst referring to agreed individual development plans. You will teach and encourage each individual to achieve their potential, despite of any challenges you or they may face.

You will also be responsible for safeguarding the young people and ensuring they are healthy, safe and as comfortable as possible. This can be achieved by assisting with the physical, emotional and personal care needs for each individual.


About The Role

New Barn School needs a responsible, friendly and caring individual who has a passion for caring for and ultimately, making a difference to young lives. It will be a challenging yet rewarding role with the opportunity to see the young people progress and develop over time.

We need someone who can manage a team, plan and deliver lessons when needed, has great communication skills and can manage their workload and be prepared for the varying difficulties the role may present.

A current HLTA or equivalent qualification, along with a grade C or above in a Maths and English GCSE or equivalent, is essential. It would be ideal if you have had previous experience in a SEN School and you know about the Autistic spectrum.


Key responsibilities

  • You will support the Class Teachers in delivering agreed learning activities to ensure each individual child meets their discrete learning needs
  • You will manage a team of learning support assistants on a day-to-day basis
  • You will support the development of the children’s communication skills by implementing goals in collaboration with the Education, Therapy and Residential staff
  • To set targets, keep records, assess and evaluate students’ learning with support from other professionals
  • You may be required to lead classes during absences of the class teacher
  • You will help with training, advise and support of other staff members
  • To participate in, and complete reports for statutory reviews and meetings concerning the students
  • Administer medication as specified from leading professionals


Essential criteria

  • You must have experience with supporting and working with young people, in a school or care environment
  • You must be available to work the shifts required
  • You must have a Higher, Level Teaching Assistant or equivalent qualification.
  • You must have a Grade C or above in your Maths and English GCSE’s or equivalent


Other information

New Barn School are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS.


 We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for.