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KS5 Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA)Kensington and Chelsea

Are you passionate about supporting young people with their education and post 18 options? Are you looking for a dynamic and fulfilling role that is varied and based in an energetic environment? If so, we have the perfect opportunity you for!

The role

We are looking to appoint a dedicated KS5 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) to work with our fantastic sixth form team and students.  The successful candidate will specifically support sixth form students with an EHCP or those students who have other SEN needs so experience working within an inclusion setting or similar would be advantageous.  

The role will combine in-class support across all subjects with small group/individual tutoring sessions. There may be opportunities to develop management skills as well such as line managing a small group of teaching assistants or other key leadership and management responsibilities within the department.   

The role can be a great opportunity for career development - especially for those who are consider a longer term career working within the special educational needs sector.  Our sixth form provision is an ever growing provision within the academy and we are looking to add to this fantastic resource with a dedicated HLTA who can provided targeted support to our young adults as they transition through their higher education.  

What you offer 

The most important aspect of this role is that the successful candidate will have an intuitive ability to connect with vulnerable students and meet their needs in order for them to progress socially and academically.  Students supported by our HLTA have a range of needs, some with complex social and emotional difficulties alongside difficulties with their core academic skills and cognitive functioning.  Other students have high academic skills but struggle to understand social norms and struggle with their emotional regulation.    Its important that whoever is appointed in this role has great inter-personal skills, works in an organized fashion and is able to communicate effectively. great They should also be someone who models high expectations academically as well as having positive social relationships in order for our young people to have those role models in school.  

What KAA offers

Our SEN provision is an incredibly valued part of our staff body.  We know how much our students benefit from the one-to-one support our staff provide them, both in and outside of the classroom.   For some students, the bonds they form with their key workers is crucial to their educational and emotional development and in some cases, can make a real difference to the experience they have here at KAA.

This role offers you the chance to work creatively with staff and students to focus specifically on the context you will have, given your close bonds with these students.  You will have the opportunity to get involved in many enrichments and wider-school activities, all of which are designed to expand our student’s education far wider than what they learn in the classroom.

There is extensive training at KAA for our learning support team.  Our specialist resource provision for autism means our staff receive a high level of learning from outside professionals as well as the management team on a weekly basis. Good practice is shared within the inclusion team and you have the opportunity to deliver a social skills session as well be able to deliver pre and post learning on particular lessons or learning material.

What you offer KAA

With a diverse student body, we are looking for someone who has the ability to motivate and inspire students to achieve their best.  You will bring enthusiasm and creativity to the role so that students, across all abilities, develop a love of learning despite the challenges they face. The ideal person will be a positive role model to our young people, exhibiting articulate communication, be an organised professional and committed to supporting disadvantaged students to achieve their best.

At KAA we have a proud tradition of developing and investing in our staff. This role offers the opportunity to gain valuable experience in schools, and previous HLTAs have gone on to train as  teachers and  have secured other exciting roles in SEN (i.e. Senco). 

The role is being offered on a term-time contract (39 weeks).

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