MCPA is seeking to appoint a Teaching Assistant to support children with Special Educational Needs in Phase 2 (Y2/3), mostly based in a Y3 class. The position has become available due to the successful promotion of the previous post holder.
The successful candidate will need to be flexible, resilient, confident in leading small group sessions and providing 1:1 interventions.
The role is initially offered as a fixed term contract until 31st December with the possibility of becoming permanent.
Who are we?
Manchester Communication Primary Academy opened its doors in September 2014 to a small cohort of EYFS/Y1 children, since then it has grown by a 2-form year group each year. The school is approaching capacity with our first cohort of Y6 in place in September.
Our last Ofsted inspection graded the school as ‘Good’ in all areas, MCPA is ‘a school with a ‘heart’; a kind, caring and supportive community. There are 25 different languages spoken yet every pupil is treated as a member of the same family.’ (Ofsted 2017)
The school has a vibrant and inclusive environment; parents are well engaged, staff and children enjoy working and learning at the school. Teachers at the school are well supported; We use ‘Maths No Problem’, ‘Read Write Inc’ and ‘Talk for Writing’ approaches to support our teaching in being the best it can be. Teachers are however encouraged to develop their own individual styles.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for a skilled teaching assistant with a passion for inclusion, a consistently positive attitude and the drive to help our most vulnerable young people to succeed.
As an inclusive school, we are keen to recruit staff with a commitment and ability to meet the needs of all children in our community.
What does a typical day look like in this role?
The working day starts at 8am with supporting breakfast club, this may involve general supervision or leading a specific activity.
The school day starts at 8:50am, from which time you would be based in a Y3 class, supporting the class teacher in the start of the day and touching-base with key children.
For the first lesson, you would be responsible for leading a small group of Y2/3 children in English, within the larger class. This group will include your ‘key child’, who is entitled to 20 hours per week of your support in small group or 1:1 sessions.
After break, you would support a similar group in maths, delivering a bespoke session to them.
At lunchtime you may support phase 2 dinner, before (or after) having your own break.
In the afternoon you may complete some 1:1 interventions/support with your key child or another child with SEND in the phase, whilst supporting the delivery of the foundation curriculum.
The school day finishes at 3:15pm, one day per week you will run a club for a small group of children, and on a Wednesday we get together for staff training after school.
When does the role start?
If I’m still interested, what should I do next?
We think that applying for a new role should always be seen as a two-way process, you have to be right for us, but the school also has to be right for you. So if you are interested in applying, please do feel free to get in touch, come for a look around, or have a chat about the role.