Teaching Assistant - ASD DSP, Blackheath

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The Halley AcademyBlackheath

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Start date: August 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Scale 2 (SCP 10-13) FTE £19,881 - £19,935 per annum actual salary £16,760- £16,805 per annum
Contract term: Permanent

About the role:  The Halley Academy have a highly successful Designated Specialist Provision (DSP) which provides support and inclusion for students with Special Educational Needs (SEN).  Our DSP Team provide our pupils with the best possible learning environment to meet their individual needs, and we strive to provide the resources, trained staff, and specialist support to maximise the pupil’s ability to:

  • communicate and interact with others
  • develop and improve their social skills
  • access the curriculum
  • improve their independence
  • develop their literacy and numeracy skills
  • learn within the mainstream environment
  • gain appropriate qualifications to equip them for future employment
  • to develop the life skills to participate and be included in the wider community
  • make friends and enjoy the company of others!

We have a rare opportunity to expand our team and are seeking to appoint a Teaching Assistant who will relish the chance to work in this environment, and will excel at providing the best support possible for our students.

The working basis of this role is 34 hours per week during Term Time, plus one additional week on INSET when training is provided.  TAs are also required to supervise and support lunch breaks for DSP students.  The remuneration offered is Scale 2 (SCP 10-13) FTE £19,881 - £19,935 per annum actual salary £16,760 - £16,805 per annum, based on the experience that our successful candidate brings with them. 

The DSP places high value on staff training, and we aim to develop highly skilled staff that are empowered to take responsibility for key areas of teaching, and managing the learning environment.  All teaching assistants are given training in ASD, and where possible complete an online accredited training course. Training about ASD is also offered to new mainstream staff after school on a voluntary basis as part of their induction. Please consult the Job Description for further information by clicking here.  

If this sounds appealing to you, i.e the opportunity to make a genuine difference to our amazing students, apply today! 

Working with The Halley Academy:  We are a well-established Inner London academy, constantly growing and expanding to suit the needs of the local area that we serve, providing an education for over 1,150 students on a daily basis.  We are fortunate to have diverse and vibrant staff and student cohorts alike and we play upon the strengths of the individuals that form our successful academy.  We are a diverse community where everyone is valued, respected and trusted, where we all work together and achieve and celebrate success.  Students thrive within a culture of high aspiration, with no cap on ambition, building the skills to lead healthy, happy and successful lives.

Now a fully integrated member of Leigh Academies Trust, The Halley Academy have recently appointed a highly experienced, skilful and very well respected leader in the education sector – John Dixon – who joined us in the role of Principal from January 2018.  With the established wider leadership team and committed staff that we are fortunate to have at The Halley Academy, we are confident in our aim to bring about rapid and sustained improvements year on year and our staff workforce are pivotal to that.

Being part of Leigh Academies Trust:  As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have the opportunity to collaborate with your peers and share best practice at Academy level and across the whole Trust.  This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together.  You will also be expected to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation. As part of the 'cluster' structure, all of our academies are grouped together in key geographical area to enable them to be able to support each other and share resources.  It also offers staff access to career opportunities across the Trust allowing them to progress their career without switching employers. For more information on working for the Trust please visit our careers pages. 

Diversity at our core:  As a Trust, we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise. 

The academy is committed to safeguarding children and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.  Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust.

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More about The Halley Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 19 years
Address: Corelli Road, Blackheath, London, SE3 8EP, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8516 7977
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